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As mama, I am very concerned about caring for my family’s health. Because of this, we have been going green one step at a time. We began eating organic foods. We began using green cleaners. I started buying my children organic clothing. We began recycling more.

Today, I just realized another thing I can do that is green. Good for my family and good for the planet. And, it is super easy!

I can choose paper cartons over other types of packaging. Yes, it is that easy!

I read up on the benefits of using cartons on the Evergreen website  

Here are some facts I like:

  • Cartons block UV light preserving the nutritional value of foods like milk.
  • Cartons are made from renewable materials – more than 70 percent of the carton is made from paper, all from trees from responsibly managed forests.
  • Pulp and paperboard is manufactured into cartons using 50% or more biomass fuel, a renewable energy source.
  • Reducing food and packaging waste with a great product- to-package ratio, an average of 94% product to only 6% package. So more of what you buy is product.
  • Cartons are recyclable where facilities exist. The paper fiber contained in cartons is valuable. Recycled cartons are used to make products such as tissue, office paper, wall boards and other building materials.  To learn if your community accepts cartons for recycling, please visit

This really makes a lot of sense, using a renewable resource and I love knowing that my shopping habits can make a difference.

And then I went on a fridge hunt, looking through my refrigerator and pantry to see what cartons I already use and what changes I could make.

inside of refrigerator

What’s In YOUR Fridge?

As I use a lot of local and organic products, I was glad to see I already had some cartons, like the buttermilk and cream! Some brands I like were already looking out for me, I suppose.


I noticed that my gallon of milk is always in plastic, rather than carton form. When I buy the half gallons, they come in paper cartons. I often have soymilk (although I was out) and that always comes in a paper carton.

I know I buy a lot of yogurt and kefir and that always seems to come in plastic packaging.

I do also seem to have most condiments in plastic or glass.

The frozen stuff all seems to be in paper packaging…

I would love to get more things in paper cartons. With my family of six, we go through groceries quickly and I like using cartons.

I believe most of the things in my fridge are recyclable. And, I looked up if paper carton recycling is available in my area, and the form said no, but actually, I always toss our paper cartons into our recycle bin and the recycling guys are picking mine up, so I will need to check on this.

So far, I have learned a lot lately about how to help my family AND my environment. I will be looking around the grocery store for more cartons when I shop tomorrow. Of course, at the farmer’s market, I use nothing, and that is good when possible:)

What Can you do?

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Rubbermaid Recycle bin

When I think about the upcoming Earth Day, I love that my family eats organic, healthy foods. I love that I have an awesome Farmer’s Market.

Then, I feel guilty.

I am lousy at recycling. When one of my children was in 3rd grade, she pointed out that we should recycle. A friend of hers even used a composter.

I smiled and worried about where we would put recyclables. Thanks, neighbor, for raising that bar! I brought that big old blue bin into a corner of my kitchen and tried that. It made me nuts. It was just so messy looking.

I am embarrassed to admit this, but I gave up. With six kids and lots of garbage, I simply did not care. I threw everything out. Up until a month ago…even when my husband would leave milk jugs and such on the counter to recycle “later” I would toss those suckers into my trash. Seriously, when is later, anyway?? I think it really means when Mom decides to finish that job.

I did feel guilty. But apparently I can survive just fine with a certain level of guilt.

Enter The Hidden Recycler.

I love this thing. It is a bag that attaches inside my kitchen cabinet and holds recyclables until I am ready to dump them. It is easy to attach, made of recycled material, hides in my cabinet, holds a bunch and lifts out easily to dump when I have time.

I feel like a good person! And, my kitchen is clean. Sweet combination.

Some details about this thing:

  • Hinged lid attaches to cabinet door with over the door hooks or screws
  • Bag is made from 65% post-consumer resin
  • Bag is machine washable and is soft-sided allowing for flexibility inside any cabinet
  • Comfortable handle for transport
  • 5 gallon bag holds 36 uncrushed cans and is large enough to fit 1 gallon milk jugs

You can buy the Hidden Recycler online at and at Meijer.

Or, Win one here!

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