Without slinging around a bunch of buzz words that have become popular in the past few years, simply put – we try to live a sustainable life with respect to the earth.
Aside from the obvious reasons having to do with caring for our earth and caring for our children and our future generations, the answer is obvious. As parents we naturally gravitate towards providing a safe, clean environment for our babies to live in. I was brought up to respect the earth and animals and the future of our children’s children.
The ‘going green’ craze has understandably ruffled many a feather with every brand under the sun claiming to be ‘eco-friendly!’ ‘Natural!’ and other such forms of greenwashing.
Here are the Top 5 Ways We Keep Things Green, around our house without buying into all of the new (expensive) fads.
2. Cloth Diapering or Biodegradable Sposies
We’ve cloth diapered with both of our kids and lately have been doing a mix of biodegradable sposies and cloth dipes since I threw my back out over a month ago; even chores that seemed simple to me before are hard. Life goes on. We’ve stayed away from the popular, (over-priced) cloth diaper brands and chose to support a local stay-at-home-mom operated business. We’ve saved big-time in the long run, especially since being able to reuse the diapers with our second baby.
3. Buy Less, Buy Secondhand & Shop Local
Have you ever watched the Story of Stuff? It’s straightforward, hard to ignore truths have impacted me to this day in how I live my day to day life. I’m not perfect or hardcore about it, but online community resources like Craigslist and Kijiiji, or second-hand stores like Once Upon a Child have served our family well. We are devout shoppers at our local Farmer’s Market, making the trip weekly for our fruits, veggies, meats, fish and other other items.
4. Watch Our Energy Usage
We line dry our laundry whenever possible, use energy efficient appliances (so far we’ve switched out one appliance with an Energy Star one. We plan out switching out the rest over the years as our finances permit. The stove and fridge we have are ancient and the dishwasher has seen better days. So these will probably happen sooner rather than later. Wearing sweater and slippers and other such warm clothing in the winter really keeps us from cranking up the heat, as does drawing the blinds and curtains closed during the heat of summer days keeps from turning the a/c on or up. We remember to unplug and switch off – lights, chargers, appliances, etc.
5. No Plastic Water Bottles
We have reusable BPA free water bottles and theramal flasks for our water on the go and use our Brita religiously. Simple, and cheap without buying into all of that manufactured demand.