As a mother to a toddler and pregnant with child number two I’ve discovered a great passion for all things green. I have a significant appreciation for this beautiful planet that supplies the air my babys breath and the earth that helps fill my dinner table.
This list will highlight where my family and I began. It cost significantly less then my cost of living prior to the “switch.” I simply cannot stress how effortless it was.
I choose to cloth diaper my children. A very thorough rundown of the cost to cloth your babys’ bottom can be found here. http://www.diaperdecisions.com/pages/cost_of_cloth_diapers.php In short, it may cost more upfront but it’s cheaper in the long run. We also use cloth napkins instead of paper. A few dollars spent once at a thrift store should cover a decent supply for a family of 4.
At this very moment I have my refrigerator, stove, and washing machine plugged in. If it’s not in use it gets unplugged, period.
We own one but we don’t use it. Even during the cold months you can find me hanging wet clothes anywhere I can to dry. It’s a bit of a hassle but I don’t usually mind it. It’s conditioned us to be a little more attentive to our clothes and in general we take better care of our garments.
We make our own laundry detergent and cleaners. I clean everything with a vinegar base, adding in essential oils depending on what exactly I’m cleaning. According to a microbiologist with Good Housekeeping, vinegar is 99.9 percent effective against bacteria, and 90 percent effective against mold. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/heloise-hears-a-hint/
Shop Local and Buy Organic
Support people within your community. Be aware of what is going into your body, into the soil that supports our vegetable growth, and know exactly how your meat was raised, fed, and cared for. Nothing but good things can come from spending money locally and eating with standards.
I went green because I genuinely care and it really was an easy adjustment to make. This list just scratches the surface of ways to live a healthier lifestyle while giving back to our environment. Save your money, live simpler, save the planet.
Dive in and go green.