Thursday, January 28, 2010

One small step!

Hi. I have just come across this cool site and l am trying to get as many people as l know, to join!

One Small Change

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Please see our Community of Change Page to find links to all the changes people have made so far!  And to chat with the community please visit ourForum Page!
Our vision with Hip Mountain Mama is much larger than selling environmentally friendly products.  We are passionate about educating others about sustainability and passsionate about building community.  Our desire to create a community of individuals who want to make a possitive change has led to the creation of our One Small Change project.
We want to challenge each of you to make 1 change each month leading up to Earth Day (April 22, 2010).  It can be small or it can be huge, but all we ask is that you decide on something you will do to make a positive green impact and follow through with it.  If everyone makes 4 changes between January and April, this can have a huge effect.  If you want to be a part of this amazing and life changing challenge, please see below for details.
How does it work?  On January first (or soon after) you will decide on what change you want to make for that month and blog about it.  For the entire month you will be conscious of this decision and follow through with what you decided on.  Then on Feb. 1 you will write another blog post explaining how the month went with your new green change and also write about what you will change for that month.  You will do the same on March 1st and April 1st, then will have one final post on April 22nd listing all the changes you made and the differences it made in your life. 
What if I don’t have a blog?  I would suggest setting up a blog with Blogger.  It is free and it is easy!  We strongly encourage everyone to blog about this so we can all share with the world ways that we are making a difference and hopefully inspire others.  However, if you do not want to start a blog, we still want you to participate.  Simply email us at with your progress (you will still need to comment to this post in order to sign up).
How do I sign up for this challenge?  Simply leave a comment to this blog post with a link to your blog so we can track your progress.  We will come check out your blog at the beginning of each month to read about your progress.  We will be participating in this also and will rotate linking to your blogs each month. 
I missed the January deadline, can I still participate?  Absolutely!  Drop in at any time…just comment to this blog post and direct us to your blog so we can check out your posts.
What happens on April 22?  We will read every one’s Earth Day post about what changes they made and the impact this made on them and the environment.  We will select several winners to receive a variety of green products from Hip Mountain Mama as well as from other donations (if you would like to donate a prize to this project, please
What are some ideas of some changes I can make?  We understand that everyone is in a different place on this journey.  Some people may finally change the light bulbs in their home. Others will have to dig deeper.  No matter where you are on your path to sustainability there are small changes you can make that will lead to a big impact.  Below is a list of possible ideas that you are welcome to choose from (these are only suggestions, please feel free to get as creative as you want with your decisions).  And please email us at with any questions or comments!
Recycle, use cloth napkins, try cloth diapering, replace your bulbs with LED or CFL bulbs, turn off your lights, use natural cleaning products or make your own, drive your car less, buy a hybrid, turn your thermostat down, use the sun to warm your home through passive solar heat, bring your own bags to the store, install a low flow shower head, stop buying bottled water, unplug it, bring more plants into your home, always print double sided, when getting rid of things consider freecycle, craigslist or ebay (do not throw out as someone else is surely able to get some use out of it), support local farms and try to eat local, purchase wind power if it is available in your area, purchase products made with natural materials and that can be reused, purchase recycled paper products, use rags instead of paper towels to clean up messes, use reusable lunch sacks, buy organic, landscape responsibly by reducing the use of water needed, donate time and/or money to green efforts, elimate the use of toilet paper by using family cloths, don’t flush every time, put a brick or something heavy it he back of your toilet so it uses less water when flushed.
Please join us in our effort to make a difference, starting with One Small Change. If we can get enough people to make One Small Change think of the impact we can have. Please pass this along. Tell your friends and family. Put a button on your blog (we do not have a code for the button, simply save the image to your computer and add it to your blog as an image). Post it to Facebook. Tweet about it. Send an email. Let’s do this together. The more small changes the larger the impact.  

1 comment:

  1. This covers all the bases = saves you money, helps the environment, helps your health, makes you feel better, it's so easy to do and it costs less than $50.00; Save money and the Earth and be clean at the same time! Add Bathroom Bidet Sprayers to all your bathrooms. I think Dr. Oz on Oprah said it best: "if you had pee or poop on your hand, you wouldn't wipe it off with paper, would you? You'd wash it off” Available at with these you won't even need toilet paper any more, just a towel to dry off! Don’t worry, you can still leave some out for guests and can even make it the soft stuff without feeling guilty. It's cheap and can be installed without a plumber; and runs off the same water line to your toilet. You'll probably pay for it in a few months of toilet paper savings. As for water use a drought is always a concern and must be dealt with prudently but remember the water use of industrial users far exceeds the water use of household users and in the case of toilet paper manufacture it is huge. The pollution and significant power use from that manufacturing process also contributes to global warming so switching to a hand bidet sprayer and lowering your toilet paper use is very green in multiple ways.