Does anyone want to discuss earth related matters for a moment?
When I was a teenager I was very passionate about all things "green". At the time, I took a lot of heat for being "mother earth" or a "hippie". It wasn't "cool" then. As I aged, it somehow lost importance to me until Jack was born. With a new baby to care for, the world seemed like a much scarier place, and I started to rediscover the urge to be a little more earth friendly.
However, what I discovered is that it wasn't easy. I wanted things like organic food, which were nowhere to be found around here just 3 years ago. But times are changing, and suddenly I am able to find a lot of good options for us, and they are everywhere, even at the local grocery across the street from the house.
A few of the green things we are working on, or have done in the past three years:
*Shortly after Jack was born, I made my own baby wipes
. That one pile of wipes has lasted 3+ years.
*We gave up all plastic food storage containers for longer lasting, no chemical leaching glass ones
*We used glass baby bottles the minute I got wind of the bisphenol-A
controversy, which is really gaining speed right now, with Toys R Us saying this week they will no longer sell those baby bottles that contain bp-A
*We stopped microwaving in plastic
*We have always bought our milk from Oberweis
, which is not certified organic, but they have hormone free milk
*When there is an organic food choice, I choose it
*We compost our yard waste
*If I had to guess, I would say 70-80% of the things we own are bought secondhand. We buy everything from toys to furniture to clothing on the secondhand market. When we are done with things, I freecycle
*I love recycling fabric/curtains/garments into other useful things for us. Old t-shirts into pants for Jack, curtains into tote bags, etc. And 90% of my craft and sewing supplies are purchased secondhand. Plus, I am generally very good about using what I have when I want to craft.
*I have long been searching for a Teflon alternative. Finally! A good solution - Green Pans
. We have nothing but good things to say about them. (Ours came from HSN.)
*I have been trying for years to get our trash company to offer us a recycling option. Last month a flyer came in the mail for a trash company that will do recycling. Our new bins arrive this week. We can recycle everything from tin foil to paperback books now.
*I recently made the switch to non-toxic household cleaners. I like the Mrs Meyers
geranium scented line. Mmmmm, roses. I tried the Clorox Green Works
stuff first, because it was easier to find. But the smell really puts me off. And I don't think it was working very well, my toilets were mildewy within a few days.
So, up until now, my choices have mostly been related to two things: thrift (the cheaper way to live) or Jack (a desire to have him be a healthy kid).
This year I am going to try and kick it up a notch and move forward in things that are truly better for the environment. On my list to work towards this year:
*Use the clothesline more often, and run the dryer less. And not just for tablecloths.
*Start walking or riding our bikes more for short errands. (This is also thrift driven though, with the price of gas at $3.50 a gallon.)
*Be consistent about using reusable tote bags! I sew, I should be all over this. Why am I not?
*Use green bags to cut down on food waste
*Make a reusable pad for the swiffer
*Be better about keeping a list of things we need around the house so they can be bought secondhand.
*Start paying attention to packaging. Less is more.
*Try and cut down our dangerous paper towel addiction.
*Find a good green blog that has easy to live with green ideas. I loved when Jen at the The Felt Mouse
did her environmental posts because they were ideas I could easily implement*.
Now it's your turn!
Have any green goals this year?
Any easy to implement green ideas?
Know of a good green blog?
Want to make a green post of your own?
*I do not want to take care of chickens, and I don't think the neighbors would appreciate them!
*I tried cloth diapers, Jack's skin was too sensitive.
*I wish we had easy access to a CSA, but we don't.
*Essentially, we live in a very middle America type place, I see plenty of cool things, but not everything is really do-able for this lifestyle. Does that make sense?