Friday, January 7, 2011

Terracycle's Make A Difference Mom

A few months ago my mom called me and told me that she nominated me as a mom who makes an environmental difference for a contest that Terracycle was holding.  This week I received a phone call from Terracycle saying that I am one of the top 4 nominees, and that the public would vote for the winner.  The contest and voting is through Terracycle's facebook page.  You can go here to view all 4 nominees:  You can go here to vote for your favorite Make A Difference Mom:  Of course I would like for you to vote for me, but I would understand if you didn't.  It truly is an honor to be one of the top 4 nominees.

For those just starting to get to know me, here is why my mom nominated me:
- I'm on my town's Recycling Committee.
- I'm on my church's Green Committee.
- I am an administrator on my town's green facebook page.
- I'm a member of Chelmsford CAN (climate action network).
- For 3 years in a row I collected and recycled juice pouches from elementary classrooms.  The last year that I did it, I collected over 2000 juice pouches.  I've been collecting and recycling juice pouches in my home for the past 6 or 7 years.  Various people that I know save them for me.  I enjoy making all kinds of things out of them, which you can see on my blog and on my website.
- I've participated in my town's Earth Fair for the past 3 years.  Two of those years, I organized the Earth Fair.  This year will be my 3rd year of organizing the Earth Fair.  I do not get paid to do it.
- I am a freelance eco-art teacher.  I have taught both children and adults at various locations how to make things out of recycled materials.
- I am constantly making things out of recycled materials.
- I was my town's May 2009 Recycling Champion.  They try and find a different one each month.
- I am one of the moderators in the From Trash to Treasure group on  The group is all about crafting from recycled materials.
- In June 2009 I started filming my local access t.v. show called "Its Easy Being Green."  It is all about how to be more environmental.  You can view show notes from past episodes by looking on the lower right hand side of my blog.  Many of the episodes can be viewed on my you tube channel (the link is on the upper right hand side of my blog).  Different guests come on the show to talk about how they are environmental.  I also show a variety of eco-crafting on the show.
- I recycle, compost, have a rain barrel, and do other things to conserve energy, water, and resources.
- Things that I craft with: juice pouches, plastic bags, t-shirts, old clothes, plastic and metal bottle caps, plastic bottles, plastic bottle rings, soda/pull tabs, cardboard, paper, cardboard tubes (like toilet paper tubes, mailing tubes, etc.), potato chip bags, straws, tin containers, glass jars, butter tubs, plastic lids, milk/juice cartons (plastic and the wax cartons), twist ties, bread tags, scrap fabric and yarn, candy wrappers, old cds, vhs tape, cassette tape, cd spindles, and egg cartons.  I am sure there is more, but that is all that I can think of at the moment.
- Probably my biggest impact on the environment, believe it or not, is that I have been a vegetarian since 1994.  My husband is also a vegetarian (since 1991).  We are raising both of our children as vegetarians. It is to early to say if my youngest child will remain a vegetarian, but my oldest son (11 years old) has told me that he plans on staying one.

Thank you mom for nominating me.  I love you!


  1. Congratulations! You so deserve the nomination!

  2. Congratulations and good luck!! Off to vote.

  3. Congrats! I am going to vote for you right now! I hope you win!

  4. Wow, that is quite an accomplishment and accomplishments. I hope you make #1!

  5. Very impressive! Congratulations. It's nice to know more about what you do - the short essay on the TerraCycle site is very short. I am practically a neighbor - love in Westford. Always nice to meet like people. Good luck with the contest. Off to vote :)

  6. Thank you. I thought that it was short to, which it why I made this blog post. Maybe we'll run into one another at some point. I checked out your blog, and now I'm a follower.

  7. Congratulations on becoming a finalist! How awesome of your mom to nominate you. Good luck!
    Jeanie C.

  8. Kristy you truly are an inspiration! Good luck!

  9. Good for you! That's awesome. Way to go! You should be really proud of yourself.


  10. It was a pleasure reading about you and your efforts to make your community (and the planet) a greener place. I applaud you.

    Here's hoping you continue to rise like cream to the very top of the Terracycle Make a Difference Mom competition.

    Claudia (a.k.a. delights)

  11. Thank you Cheri and Claudia! I'm still in shock that I am one of the 4 finalists.