No, not green with envy! I'm talking about conserving energy, throwing away less garbage, and generally doing what we can for the environment. This has been a pretty hot topic lately, and I thought I'd get in on it too.
Keith and I haven't changed a whole lot of what we do, but there are a few changes that we've made that I think are great. We switched to cloth diapers and wipes a few months back, and I'm loving it! I can't believe how much garbage we used to have when we had Rowan in disposables. Right now Bria is still in disposables, until she's a little bigger and I've used up the stash of diapers that I got (some as gifts, others I had bought a while back). Did you know that it is actually against the law to throw the poo away with the diaper? Even though it is a disposable, you are supposed to flush the poo down the toilet before disposing of the diaper! And if you're going to do that anyway, why not use cloth, which is so much softer and cuddlier on your babies bottom!
Along those same lines (haha!) would be drying clothes outside on the line whenever possible. This summer has been particularly bad for that though, with super high humidity. One thing I'd really like to get it a good sturdy rack for drying clothes inside. Anyone know where I can get one that isn't flimsy? This will be especially nice for my cloth diapers.
A garden is another great way to be 'green'. Not only is it way cheaper than buying your veggies in the store, but for all of you who are into organic, you control what you use to grow your own veggies! Each year I try to can some of what we grow. I don't do a lot, but I do make enough salsa, pizza sauce, dill pickles, and jam to last us the whole year! I actually really enjoy canning, and that is super 'green' if you ask me. Think of all the garbage I'm keeping out of the landfills this way! (I do recycle by the way!) And, as my mother-in-law says, the world would be a much better place if more women stayed home and grew a huge garden full of veggies! Less crime from kids who have nothing to do, because it takes a lot of work to take care of a garden!
I would say that breastfeeding my kids is another way to help our environment. Not only is it healthier for them, but it cuts down on all those formula cans out there. Oh, and have you heard about the dangerous toxins in baby bottles? Just google it for the latest findings. I think you'd be surprised!
Oh, that also reminds me of something else! Have you heard about Sigg bottles, or Klean Kanteen? Both of these are high quality aluminum or stainless steel water bottles. We each have a Sigg at our house. Not only are they great because they prevent thousands of plastic bottles from being thrown into our landfills, but they come in super cool designs and colours! Sigg bottles also have an optional thermos cover to keep your beverages cold. (sold separately).
Now that I've listed some of the things that we do, I want to talk about something that really bugs me. It's the crazy high prices of 'all natural' or 'green' products. Even simple things like cloth grocery bags. Why do people think that spending $30 on a designer bag actually saves anything? Don't you think that our excessive spending is one of the biggest problems? And who really needs 10 pairs of jeans? This to me is just wasteful, when that money could be used for something far more important. Let's all consider what we are spending our money on. Do our kids really need a million toys? Do we need to have the most expensive clothing? Oh, and what is it with throwing away what we have in order to switch to something 'greener'. This certainly isn't going to solve any problems!
I hope I've given you some food for thought. Also, to know what really matters in this world, scroll down to read Dan & Laura's story. Then consider yourself truly blessed when you look into your child's eyes today. People are what really matters in this world. I think of 1 Corinthians 13 (the love chapter) and paraphrase, "If I do all I can to make this world greener, but do not love those around me, I am just wasting my time."