by Wendy Gabriel
Leslie Quigley is the founder and senior writer at Recycle Your Day. She began her eco-friendly site when she decided she needed to create a place to write about her eco-journey. She is a wife and mother who is extremely passionate about natural living.
What put you on your current path towards living a more sustainable life?
I’ve always been drawn to nature and helping save the Earth. It’s something that’s been inside of me and I’ve felt compelled to do; my passion. Having children really put things into perspective. With all the decision-making to keep my kids safe from toxic exposure, it made me realize if we are saving the planet from these pesky polluters, we also have to do something to save our children. Both go hand-in-hand. As a mom I began to make more eco-choices for the sake of my children, the earth AND for our children’s children.
What do you do to make your day-to-day life a little greener?
I consider myself a crunchy eco-mom. Therefore I recycle, compost, conserve energy and water whenever possible. I take my trusty cloth bags with me to the grocery store. I’m anal about turning off the dryer before it’s actually finished because the laundry is always dry before it beeps. The same goes for the dishwasher – I stop it before it has the chance dry. I clean my house using homemade non-toxic cleaners and freshen it by boiling orange peels or lemon in boiling water. I also use cloth diapers and cloth wipes. I feed my family local and organic foods and keep them away from high fructose corn syrup. We even have two chickens. I make a lot of foods from scratch and purchase foods in bulk. I unplug my appliances, too! I also only try to use products that are all natural and non-toxic. I look at every area of my life and if it hasn’t been “eco-fied” I work on it. Baby steps.
I am always looking for great green cleaning tips. Could you share one of your favorite ways to clean green?
I like to use Apple Cider Vinegar to brighten and whiten dingy socks and shirts!
You always have great advice on natural living, natural mothering and environmental awareness at Recycle Your Day. Is there any advice you could give someone who wants to start making greener choices?
Start small. There are many, many ways to make greener choices: it can be overwhelming. Make the ones that best suit your needs. Most importantly, share your experience with others and encourage them to make greener choices too.
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Four Questions with Dr. Alan Greene, part I
Four Questions with Dr. Alan Greene, part II
Four Questions with Dr. Alan Greene, part III