|as well as his kids and his kid's kids, etc., etc.|
(Enjoying story time today.)
1) washcloths or rags instead of paper napkins/towels.
We just went to the dollar store and bought dish cloths which came in 2 packs for $1. They aren't very "cute" but they are perfect for wiping Ayden's hands and face after meals. The best part is, I can clean spaghetti sauce off of him without worrying about staining.
2) Cloth Diapering
Less in the landfill is always better.
3) Turning things off when not in use.
|Do unto others... haha.|
4) Reusable shopping, produce bags, food containers and water bottles.
I used to have a HUGE plastic bag filled with... more plastic bags... that just sat in our garage. I know I'm not alone here.
|No more baggies for us!|
Trash made into things for us to use again? Awesome.
6) Low toxin household products.
|And don't forget about the powers of vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice and sunshine!!|
No need for harsh chemicals when there are natural alternatives that will yield the same results.
7) Buy local
There are a lot of reasons to buy local when you can; but for environmental purposes, the less distance your food has to travel, the less resources are used.
Composting keeps food scraps out of the landfills where they aren't provided with the ideal environment for breaking down efficiently. The scraps just take up space that actual trash could be using. Compost also adds valuable nutrients to the Earth. Even if you don't have a vegetable garden, you could use it in your flower beds. You'll have the prettiest flowers on the block!
There you have it! 8 ways to green up your life. Next on my "going green" agenda is makeup and other personal care products. I have already started using salt deodorant and we buy chemical free sunscreen. However, my make up and nail polish are a different story. My plan is to gradually transition. When I use something up and it is time to repurchase I will use the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep database to find low toxin replacements for all of my beloved beauty products.
We have a long way to go and are learning more and more all the time. Earth Day is coming up on April 22nd. What will you be doing to go greener this year? Please share your family's simple tips for greener living below!