Do a Green Scavenger Hunt in Your Home

As I said in the first baby step post, this month (or two), I want to highlight 31 ways to baby step your way into a more mindful and healthful life.  Some of the tips will be advice already stated or implied in previous posts, while some will be brand new.  This post provides the eighteenth and an explanation.  The idea is to start at the beginning and accumulate as many mindful and healthful habits as you'd like to sustain by the conclusion of the month.  It's similar to that icebreaker where you're in a circle of people and you need to repeat all of the members' names in order... it's a challenge, but you'll feel great at making progress and it'll help you see how far you've come from the 1st to the 31st!

bottom of Bigelow Tea-- I Love Lemon tea
check it out in this Calorie-Free Alternatives to Powdered Drink Mixes post

Baby Step # 18
Do a Green Scavenger Hunt in Your Home

The other night, while preparing tea for bed, I noticed a huge three-arrow recycling symbol on the bottom of the tea box.  Not only did the arrow suggest the box be recycled when it was no longer needed, but it also indicated that the box itself was comprised of recycled components.  This information excited me, although I know I'd seen it before, and got me thinking about just how many products we have in our homes of similar substance...

So, today's green scavenger hunt can be completed by you, you and your partner, you and your children/ nieces/ nephews/ grandchildren, really anyone.  The idea is to examine just what you're purchasing, bringing into your home, using on a regular basis, and what corporate/ manufacturing practices you're supporting.  You can also look at how you're disposing of these things when you've finished with them.

For this Green Scavenger Hunt, you're welcome to take pictures, to make it a little more interactive-- #greenscavengerhunt

Find 5 items (or their packaging) in your home made out of recycled materials.

bottom of a Celestial Seasonings Sleeytime tea box
read about our favorite tea in this Tea Time! post
Find 4 items you have repurposed within your home for a household purpose.

we reuse (coconut and peanut butter) jars for daily juice
see this 13 {Relatively Small} Ways to Save Money & Help the Environment post for this and other ideas

Find 3 items your household recycles on a regular basis.

we use envelopes as scrap paper before we recycle them

Find 2 items you have (or can) reuse for their intended purposes.

we reuse two laundry soap bottles month after month when we make our own laundry soap
see this Homemade {DIY} Laundry Soap post to try it yourself
Find 1 item that you've reused / upcycled/ repurposed for a(n) fun/ interesting purpose or in a(n) fun/ interesting way.

we repurposed shredded documents, a Chipotle bag, and some ribbon for wrapping paper
see this When Chipotle Knows Your Order post

If you'd like to share what you found around your home, I'd love to see comments and pictures posted to the Making Mindfulness Facebook or Twitter page! 

Have you ever noticed recycled components or company missions on products you have in your home?  Will you take a look?

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