Spring Cleaning Series.



Finally spring is officially here!  To celebrate the start of spring I will be starting a spring cleaning series on staceysgoinggreener.

Of course the main theme behind this ‘spring cleaning’ will be about being green. This involves reducing waste, recycling  reusing and lowing our impact on the earth and its creatures. This also involves making it fun and saving money in some way!

What do we have to loose?

Spring cleaning series 1 will be about green alternatives to kitchen sponges and paper towels! Not only are kitchen sponges wasteful but they’re not as hygienic as we thought. Read more in spring cleaning series 1.

Enjoy your day.


Weekly Green Tip: Recycling

To kick-start my weekly green tip, this week I’m talking about recycling. Don’t worry I’ll still include green tips in my usual posts!

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Recycling stops products from ending up in the landfill, and they are broken down to make other useful products. Recycling uses less resources because it doesn’t use ‘raw’ materials to make a product. Lots of different products can be recycled from glass jars, tin cans and plastic bottles! What can actually be recycled depends on your local recycling center/curbside recycling.

Some recycling facts:

  • 1 recycled tin can would save enough energy to power a television for 3 hours.
  • 1 recycled glass bottle would save enough energy to power a computer for 25 minutes.
  • 1 recycled plastic bottle would save enough energy to power a 60-watt light bulb for 3 hours.
  • 70% less energy is required to recycle paper compared with making it from raw materials. Source 

What does a recycled item come back as?

1plasticbecomes 2plasticbecomes glassbecomes metalbecomescardboardbecomespaperbecomesSo how can I recycle?

Recycling can easily be done at home, work or school either through curbside recycling or your local recycling center.

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For more information about recycling visit:


Happy recycling 🙂

Stacey xo

Let me know in the comments if you’ve recycled today!

Eco Project: Recycled/Reused DIY Jewellery Storage for tea lovers.

Today I want to share my first storage-related post! For this storage idea I’m using a saucer from a tea cup and a sugar bowl. But a tea cup and saucer would look really adorable.

I wasn’t using these so they were just gathering dust! Which I thought was a shame!

So here’s what I did to make use of them, as I didn’t want to part with them!



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Green Tip: Reusing an item saves it from going into the landfill and polluting the environment. Its also purse-friendly because you already own the item so you aren’t going out and buying another!

Let me know of other creative ways in which you’ve recycled something for storage or something else!

Happy Recycling

Stacey xo

Eco-friendly kitty litter

I really want my kitties to go green along side me 🙂


Q. Dear Umbra,

Having an indoor cat poses a question I haven’t found the answer to yet — what are the best options for a good sustainable cat litter, yet one that isn’t dusty, doesn’t track too much, and really works well. It may seem like a trivial issue, but consider how many cats are out there, doing their business, and the shovelfuls of litter really add up!

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A. Dearest Mickey,

Good for you for being conscientious about what’s in your cat box. Kitty litter is no small matter. According to In Defense of Garbage by Judd Alexander, we Americans dispose of more than two million tons of it each year.

So you’re not just making a mountain out of a mole hill. In fact, common clay-based kitty litter is actually helping to destroy mountains, because it is acquired through strip-mining. 


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Eco Project: Holiday recycled ‘tinsel’

Welcome to my first Christmas themed post! Are you looking to save some cash this holiday season? Of course you are!

Introducing Recycled holiday ‘tinsel’. If you’re recycling hasn’t gone out yet or been taken to the recycling centre why don’t you save it  and make some decor.

Materials needed:


A variety of recycled paper or card.


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1) Cut your recycled card or paper into strips.

2) Fold a strip  into a circle/oval shape and tape together.

3) Then attach another circle/oval shaped strip to the previously taped strip and secure with tape.

4) Keep attaching circle/oval shaped strips to one another until you have a long chain!

5) Attach them to the wall with tacks once you’ve finished.

Finished project! 


Happy recycling & Happy Holidays!

Stacey xo

Being green and Saving money.. Really?

A lot of people seem to think that you can’t be green and save money.. It’s crazy of course being green and saving money go hand-in-hand! 🙂

You obviously don’t need to buy solar panels for your house. But they’re out of most peoples budgets!



My recent blog post about cotton pad alternatives  shows how you can be green and save money. Creating your own products that are reusable saves products going into the landfill, and because it lasts for many years you don’t have to spend money buying cotton pads weekly/ monthly. If you re-use fabric that is to old/worn to be donated it helps it from ending up in the landfill too, and saves you money from buying new fabric for your new eco project!

Its a win-win for your pocket and the environment!

Stay tuned for more of my posts about being green and saving money 🙂


Eco Project: Homemade reusable Cotton Pad Alternative (Instructions & care info)

To start my blog off. I’d thought I’d share my super easy home-made cotton pad alternative!

Finished cotton pad alternative.

So if you’re thinking why would I want to create cotton pads? Well, cotton isn’t as eco-friendly as we may have thought!

The production of cotton involves the use of a lot of chemicals which pollutes the environment. According to ‘The Little Green Book of Beauty’ cotton is responsible for 15% of global insecticides, which is more than any other crop. But whilst  organic cotton is more environmentally friendly, It’s still ending up in the landfill!

So my solution to this problem is to create reusable alternatives to cotton wool balls/pads. They are  re-washed in the washing machine, so they don’t fill up the landfill! Also they save money so you don’t have to buy more as they last for years!

Materials needed:

Fabric Tip: **If your fabric is new you may need to wash it in the washing machine  before making your product to account for fabric shrinking.**

Soft material for the outside of the cotton pad alternative. (Green Tip: You could reuse an old T-shirt or microfiber towel).

Material for the inside of the product (This could be any of the above or hemp.) This is just for padding so use as many layers as you like!

Sewing needle and thread or sewing machine.


Pins (For pinning the fabric together during sewing.)


Soft  material for hemming (such as cotton)

Fabric unpicker (If you are reusing something)

So let’s get started on the instructions!

1) Firstly if you’re re-using an old t-shirt or make-up bag you’ll need to unpick the fabric using a fabric unpicker, this is less damaging to the fabric than scissors.  Skip this step if you’re using new fabric.

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2) Next you’ll need to cut 2 pieces of fabric (in whichever size is right for you) for the outside of the cotton pad alternative. I used an old make-up bag (the leaf patterned fabric,) but you could use whichever fabric you wanted 🙂

3) Then you’ll need to cut 2-4 pieces of fabric (depending on the desired thickness of your finished product) in the same size as the ones above for the inside of your cotton pad alternative. For this I used an old hemp brush holder.

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Step 1 & 2 Cut your fabric pieces

4) Now you will need to carefully place your fabric pieces on top of each other. Your inner fabric piece(s) will be in the middle. Now pin your fabric pieces together tightly so they don’t move as you are sewing them.

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Step 4: Carefully pin your fabric together

5) Start to sew your  fabric together by hand or use your sewing machine.. The choice is up to you! (When starting to sew, or starting a new piece of thread always make sure the knot on the thread is on the inside of the fabric, underneath your top layer, so it has less chance of scratching your face. See below photo)  Sew all the way round your new cotton pad alternative.

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Step 5: Starting to sew your fabric pieces

6) (Optional) You could add a hem to your new cotton pad if you choice. Simply pin your hem to the outside of  your cotton pad alternative and sew!

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Optional adding a hem

Finished!  Before you know it you’ll have created a lot of your own cotton pad alternative.. Its addictive!


Cotton wool alternative care information: 

Wash your new product in the washing machine with your usual laundry, (Green tip: Wash at 30 degrees or the lowest setting available)  in a mesh bag. You could reuse a mesh cosmetic bag or purchase a mesh bag for lingerie or baby clothes!

Store your new cotton pad alternative in an airtight container ready for using.

Store dirty cotton pad alternatives in cold water or White vinegar/Distilled vinegar. (Green tip: Reuse an old plastic or glass container). White vinegar is a natural disinfectant and cleaner.

Use cotton pad alternatives for applying your cleanser, toner and moisturiser. You could also use it for removing face masks and face scrubs!

Happy sewing!

Stacey xo