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The Coolest Shops & Blogs in Town: Natalie Kelly

photography by Arik Sokol

www.MyGreenBirmingham.com

Must-Haves

I love natural products. Anything that is healthy and free of chemicals is welcome in my home. I use natural household cleaners, most of which I make myself, and I have been really committed to purchasing organic, local, and natural foods.

Green Findings

I love shopping for salvaged and reclaimed furniture. Some of my favorite green goods have come from local antique shops and furniture stores. I have been able to repurpose them to keep them out of landfills. There is so much passion for the green movement in Birmingham.

Green Home Goods

I am a huge recycler and one of my favorite things are my stackable recycle bins from Target (www.target.com) They are great space savers and easy to load in your car or sit on the curb for pick-up. I also love programmable thermostats. I have two in my home and I can control them with my phone or my computer while I am away. In my backyard, I grow my own herbs and vegetables in a 3- by 6-foot raised box garden.

“We have a good ways to go, but there are some wonderfully positive things happening as our leaders and residents work to green our communities.”

4 Ways to Live a Little Greener in Birmingham

1. Take advantage of our local recycling resources (especially if you don’t have curbside pick-up), visit the Alabama Environmental Council Recycling Center downtown. (2431 2nd Avenue N, Birmingham, AL 35203)

2. Shop locally. This is one of my big mottos. Birmingham has a wealth of local artists, foods, and other goods. Shopping locally not only cuts down on carbon output, but it supports our local economy. The Pepper Place Market is a perfect destination in season.

3. Educate Yourself. Visit MyGreenBirmingham.com to learn about different agencies and organizations that are moving the causes of our environment forward. We have a list of businesses you can shop with who have green products and services.

4. Ban plastic bags! It is always at the top of the “things you can do to go green” lists. It is so important to break the cycle of using and irresponsibly disposing plastic bags. They are literally covering our ocean floors, with over a trillion passed around the globe every year. Grab reusable totes and keep them in your car.

Click here for MyGreenBirmingham.com’s Green Home Makeover, as seen in the March-April Issue of Birmingham Home & Garden.

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