Meet Elizabeth Grant, a mom of 3 boys (ages 8, 5, and 2) with another little one on the way (unknown gender, but I think I could guess!)  In addition for caring for her 3+ children, she does custom knitting for her shop Lizzie Knits, is an uber-scrapbooker for Creative Memories, a soloist in her church, and the blogger behind Suzy Q Homemaker.  In other words, she's one busy momma.  But in between taking her kids to school, caring for her little one at home, and running her businesses, she also makes an effort to go green.  Here's why (and how) she does it.

JS: What inspired you to go green?

EG: Our family has always tried to do our thing for the planet, but it really started coming on strong with the birth of our third son in 2006. I researched cloth diapers, which led to greener living in general, and the rest is history! My younger sister has also been a big inspiration. When she got married not too long ago, she and her husband planned a green wedding which was featured on a Sundance Channel documentary.

JS: How do you and your family go green?

EG: We go green in many, many different ways. I'll list them for you!

  • We use cloth diapers
  • We've eliminated paper products such as paper towels and napkins
  • We buy eco-friendly household cleaners (dish soaps, laundry detergent, etc.)
  • Use our fireplace often in the winter for heating
  • Unplug appliances when not in use
  • Purchase toys and gifts made from sustainable products for our children
  • Recycle!
  • Use a clothesline
  • Use a filtered water pitcher and reusable water bottle
Just to name a few. :)

JS: What eco-innovation or invention would make your life easier?

EG: There are so many eco-innovations and inventions that would make my life easier that I already wish I had! I'm not one for inventing, but if someone could tell me how to make my children remember to turn the lights off when they leave a room, I'd be eternally grateful.

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