We didn’t do anything special for Earth Day, but we got to enjoy the sunshine and beautiful weather outside all day! Aliyah said it’s just fine since everyday is Earth Day here anyway!
I thought before the day is done, I would make a list of things we’ve been doing differently lately, not just to be GREEN, but to execute our part as good stewards. Aside from the classic bring-your-own canvas grocery bags to the store, using cloth napkins, recycling, reusing, etc., here are some other changes we’ve committed to:
No more paper towels: It just makes more economical and ecological sense. Handmade dishcloths and rags are more fun to use anyway.
Buying from the bulk section as much as possible (even salt, spices, vinegar, soy sauce, vanilla extract, etc.): Less garbage, less impact on the landfill, saves money, and since you’re bagging, scooping or bottling your own purchase, you get to be part of the whole process, instead of just picking something off the shelf!
Using reusable cloth produce bags, or eco-bags instead of plastic bags at the store for produce, grains, beans, etc.: We are taking bring-your-own-bags to another level. And it just feels good doing it.
Trying (and trying some more) to stay away from packaged food products: Why, even the locally made pita and hummus are packaged in plastic bags and containers… definitely not easy.
Using glass, wood or stainless steel storage and serving containers: We still have too many plastic around- but not buying anymore, even giving some of my Tupperware containers away.
Staying away from disposable plates, cups, etc. (especially the foam kind!) This is a little more challenging for picnics and such, but it can be done.
Investing in Klean Kanteen bottles for every member of the family, and taking them wherever we go: I crocheted bottle carriers for each of the children so carrying them around is not a big deal. The kids seem to drink more water, and this eliminate the likelihood of getting bottled beverages when they get thirsty on the go.
Also: I finally got rid of all plastic containers for food/beverages for the kids- yes, even the cute ones.
Eating more raw vegan food: Less cooking means less gas/electric and water consumption; not to mention really good for you.
Using clothesline (even indoor) and drying racks: The most fun of all:)
Hibernating or turning the computer off when not in use: Did I mention that our electric bill for the month is around $30!
Taking quick showers (navy showers vs. hollywood showers): We are also trying to use less hair products. Did you know that lemon/orange juice or apple cider vinegar is good for washing your hair?
Homemade toothpaste:How-to’s are all over the web.
Homemade eco-friendly laundry and cleaning solutions
Paper to no-packaging bar soaps: Eco-friendly compared to liquid soaps in plastic bottles.
Buying the kids no more plastic toys: We recently decluttered in the kids area, and realized that they still have way too many plastic toys. A lot of that went in the donation bags, but we’ve committed to not spending any more money on those unnecessary junks.
Cloth wipes instead of toilet papers: It really is not that bad, especially if you have a mini-shower/diaper sprayer installed. Potty luxury, I tell you:)
Even little steps count! I could hopefully blog in detail some of these soon- but for now, I need to get off the computer and crochet some more. My daughter just reminded me that I have a handbag to finish!