Tsue ~ That's What She Said: How Green Is Your Fridge? #ChooseCartons

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

How Green Is Your Fridge? #ChooseCartons

My family is on a mission this year....a GREEN mission.   While we do seek out green products and companies to support and do our best to recycle, this Mom has found that careful examination of different areas and aspects of our lives uncovers new way to green up our eco footprint.

Our latest target?
The Fridge!  After learning of and exploring a new to me site, Choose Cartons, not only did learn fascinating new facts about the eco value of carton containers, I also discovered that these cartons are recyclable in my area!  However, a quick inspection inside our fridge revealed great opportunity to make green up some of my family's grocery purchases.

A Peek Inside
I found common, fresh residents,
Carrots, Green Pepper, Red Pepper, Yellow Pepper

some green storage containers,
Resealable Storage, Plastic Storage Containers

as well as definite opportunities for green improvement.
Plastic Containers, Juice Bottles

Paper Cartons ~ Good Green
I was surprised to learn just how green and beneficial paper food product cartons truly are.  They are manufactured from responsibly managed forests which in turn creates and promotes new forest growth.  New forest growth is incredibly beneficial, as it removes carbon from the atmosphere and counteracts the effects of greenhouse gas emissions.  Responsibly managed forests across the country "offsets roughly 11% of the country’s industrial greenhouse gas emissions, the equivalent of removing almost 135 million passenger vehicles from the nation’s highways." 1  The manufacturing process of paper cartons is also fueled by over 50% Biomass which is a renewable energy source made from wood products. 1

Although I had not thought to look into the possibility of recycling paper cartons in the past, I was further surprised to learn that this recycling option is available to over 41 million household in the United States!  A quick check at RecycleCartons.com assured me that carton recycling is available in my area.  A simple click on my state and entering my zip code into the search bar made this search and discovery quick and easy.

Paper Carton Products, Going Green, Eco Friendly Shopping
Paper Cartons block UV Light that can reduce the nutritional value of foods.

At the Choose Cartons website, I discovered a wealth of interesting and interactive information about the benefits of purchasing grocery products in paper cartons.  The kids and I enjoyed taking the Carton Checkout Challenge, an interactive option that allows you to select various products that are available in paper cartons to place in your virtual shopping cart and provides you with a score based upon how many paper cartons products you generally buy.  Each paper carton selection you make unveils an interesting green fact about paper cartons.  Through this fun page, I was reminded just how many products are available in paper cartons, such as milk, soy milk, teas, juices, creamers, salts, snacks and even fabric softener!

Paper Carton Crafts

Green Crafts, eco friendly, Art from Trash, Fun Craft Projects
Photo Credit:  Mary Anne Enriquez
I also found a wealth of fun, paper carton craft ideas at the Choose Cartons website, from a page filled with a wide range of carton crafts from hand puppets to water worthy sea craft!  Amazing!

Green Crafts, Fun Craft Projects, Amazing Craft Projects,
Photo Credit:  Mulad

Stay In The Know ~ Choose Cartons

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Every carton fact shared, via Twitter, using the hashtag #choosecartons will help raise money for Habitat for Humanity®!

Do you purchase products in paper cartons?
What products do you purchase?
How are you greening up your eco footprint this year?
Please share and tweet with #choosecartons!
Tell me in a comment below.  I'd love to hear your thoughts!

I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Evergreen and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.  The opinions above are both honest and my own.  Some information and images sourced from various Evergreen websites. 1 - Facts sourced from Mom Central and ChooseCartons.com.


Samantha said...

cartons are more eco friendly for sure

Jai M. said...

I guess I hadn't thought about the paper vs. plastic carton issue before. I'll keep that in mind next time I'm at the store. I can say that we recycle all of the paper cartons that we do end up with. Recycling anything that can be recycled is one of the (few) things that we're really good about.

Grace Hodgin said...

My goal is to eventually get rid of all the plastic containers. I really hate them but use them to send my husbands lunches with him to work. Styrofoam is definitely a no go because or their lack deterioration in the land fill.

Crystal said...

We don't really drink anything but water, soda an milk. They don't sell milk in a carton down here. I was just saying the other day I miss milk cartons - I prefer them

Of course water and soda don't come in carton either, but I use my pitcher for water and still do my best at recycling our soda bottles

Pam said...

We don't have much in cartons around our house either. I do recycle everything possible though.

Minta's Creations said...

I don't see much cartons anymore at least not in the things that we buy.

Daisy TrendyMomReviews said...

I make recycling a priority, but hadn't thought that much about the differences in using cartons. Great post.

Maureen Timerman said...

I am so glad we have more and more choices to be green. For years we had to take what was offered! Now awareness has been made of the cancer potential for some many of these containers. Thanks

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