I spent this weekend at the biggest conference for bloggers in the world, Blogher or as we know it on Twitter #blogher09! Bloggers streamed into Chicago from all walks of life, including a few Eco Childs Play bloggers. I was able to attend the conference thanks to my sponsor, Goddard Child Development Centers.
Yup, Goddard’s going green and I’m in support of anywhere that children congregate going green so I was happy to accept their sponsorship. And, I enjoyed seeing all the women who attended Blogher sporting babies in slings, lugging breast pumps and promoting green living, including the Blogher organizers.
While I did my best to have a green conference, I have some tips for myself for attending Blogher next year or for any other trip I take.
1) Bring a reusable water bottle. (Since, the highly intelligent Homeland Security rules suspiciously view Moms with 2 car seats, a diaper bag and 25 toys will mostly likely be also carrying a bomb in a water bottle.) Not only is this an excellent choice for the plane, where you can ask the flight attendant to fill it up once on the flight, but it also is handy when wandering around the conference looking for something to drink that doesn’t come in a disposable container.
2) Recycle the soap and shampoo. This is a program that the organizers at Blogher put in place and I was thrilled. You know those tiny little bottles they put in every room? Well, after the conference all of those little bottles were redistributed to a shelter. What a great idea! Many hotels have adopted the idea. Check when you make your reservation to see if you are staying at one that does.
3) Don’t “Pump and Dump”. The TSA has modified the rules regarding breast milk. Bring your breast pump, a cooler and plenty of bottles. You are able to take more than 3 ounces of breast milk through security now, whether you are traveling with your baby or not!
4) Bring home your recyclables. Ok this sounds a bit radical and, I admit, I don’t bring ALL of them home. I try to stay away from disposable goods at home and away, but I must admit, I did stuff a few plastic bits and pieces of cardboard I my suitcases to reuse in art projects at home and then recycle.
5) Walk as much as possible. On a business trip in a strange city it’s almost de rigueur to grab a cab. Grab a map instead or ask the front desk just how far that appointment is!
Blogher made a big effort to go green this year. I’m trying too!