Welcome to the Earth Day Blog Carnival
This post is part of the Earth Day Blog Carnival hosted by Child of the Nature Isle and Monkey Butt Junction. Each participant has shared their practices and insights of earth friendly, environmentally conscious, eco-living. This carnival is our way to share positive information and inspiration that can create healing for our planet. Please read to the end of this post to find a list of links to the other carnival participants. Happy Earth Day!
It is Earth Day today and in celebration I thought that I would share the ways that I have been “Going Green in 2011.” Some elements have been easier to incorporate than others. However, I am devoted to going as green as possible so Tiny will grow up with a green mentality. All of the green choices I am making will be second nature to her. Here is what we are incorporating or have already incorporated:
1. I have used cloth diapers and cloth wipes since 2009 and line dry as much as possible! I am also slowly making the switch to using cloth wipes for myself and greatly reducing my toilet paper usage. The husband…not so on board with that idea himself.
2. Recycle more diligently! I am great at putting the appropriate items into the recycle bins but my husband is a little lackadaisical about it. Tiny does a better job than he does and she is only 2! I am really focused on helping my husband develop better recycling habits.
3. Eliminating our use of disposable bags. I am already in the habit of using reusable bags and bins to bag groceries, household items, and toiletries. For 2011, I started using reusable mesh produce bags and bulk grain bags! These are phenomenal!!!!!
4. I wash laundry in cold water instead of hot and dry on low or line dry as much as possible. Clothes and towels are getting just as clean.
5. I wear the same pajamas for several nights. It's not like they are getting dirty! This saves on the amount of laundry I have to do.
6. I use a BPA free reusable tumbler and a reusable stainless steel water bottle instead of buying disposable water bottles.
7. I use washable cups, plates, and utensils instead of disposable wears.
8. I save and reuse scrap paper. Tiny colors on it and uses it for play. I use it for note taking as well as for wrapping up fragile items that I might need to store.
9. I repurpose as much as I can these days. Most of my repurposed items go to Tiny who finds all kinds of creative uses for them. I repurpose all of the glass jars that food items come in. They are built into the cost of the item you are buying so why not clean them and keep them to store leftovers, fermented foods, grains, and other bulk items.
10. I pay 95% of my bills online.
11. I have opted out of unsolicited mail.
12. Personally, I am great at turning lights off when I leave the room as well as unplugging electronics when not in use. Again, the husband has some room for improvement in the areas. Our house is lit up like a roman candle when he leaves for work at 6:00am! Drives me nuts. So that is a work in progress.
13. I use natural light whenever possible to avoid having to turn on lights.
14. I combine my errands and try to stay as close to home as possible. I take Tiny on walks to the store (which is about a mile away) when we need something quick. No sense starting the car for that. I also now do a lot of ordering online.
15. I purchase my produce through a local CSA. I am supporting the local economy and getting local, organic produce at the same time!
16. I purchase as much as I can out of bulk pins to cut down on packaging materials.
17. I buy homemade or make my own shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body lotion, facial toner, and hair detangler. I do the same for Tiny. I am intent on branching into more toiletries this year.
18. I make as many household cleaners as I can and am working on adding to my repertoire. What cleaners I do not make, I purchase from work-at-home-mom businesses that are committed to reducing their environmental impact both in how they make their products as well as how they package and ship their products.
19. I am using more cloth napkins although I need to purchase more. Tiny makes big messes!
20. I am also using more cloth instead of paper to clean the kitchen. This is going well. I'd say I am at about 50% currently and striving towards 85%.
21. Reduce our water usage! This is HARD!!!! I do a lot of dishes, laundry, and bathing. Tiny usually needs a shower after morning play as well as an evening bath. I try to keep the showers brief and to only fill the bath tub half way. I fill the dishwasher to the brim! I load the washer machine up as much as is reasonable (which often times means I am not sorting clothes. Nothing has been damaged thus far!). I also turn off the water while brushing my teeth (and Tiny's too.)
22. I now purchase eggs from our neighbor. They are humanely raised, organic, completely cage free chickens (and ducks)! This keeps money in my neighborhood and provides our family with a high quality egg for a better price!
23. I am now really conscious of my purchases. I buy higher quality, eco friendly, longer lasting products. The price might be a little higher (if I cannot find it second hand) but I do not have to replace high quality items as frequently.
24. I make sure that the tires on my car are properly inflated to ensure the best gas mileage possible.
25. I am going to “green my period” this year as well. Yep – goodbye Tampax, hello Mamacloth and Diva Cups!
And those are the ways in which I am going greener this year. I plan to add more and hope that by 2012 we are as green as we can be!
Happy Earth Day!
Visit Monkey Butt Junction and Child of the Nature Isle to read all about the Earth Day Blog Carnival.
Going Green in 2011 – Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama discusses the way she and her family are going “greener” in 2011.
Our Greatest Teacher – Amanda at Let's Take the Metro shares her experiences with her children and nature, their greatest teacher.
Dreaming of Spring Gardening – Erin of the Waterloons talks about the ultimate in local food, her backyard garden.
Earth Conscious Minimalism – Nada at miniMOMist thinks minimalism can help you save the world — as long as you don't just toss everything in the trash! Check out Her list of places to donate (bet you haven't thought of them all!).
Blessings to the Earth – Amy at Anktangle believes that a simple act, such as being intentionally grateful for our food, is just the catalyst we need to bring about large-scale change.
Eight Movies to Inspire Change – Mrs Green at Little Green Blog shares her top 8 movies that have inspired her to take action to make the world a better place. She'd love to hear your suggestions to add to her viewing list!
Can I Have a Green Period Too? Kelly at Becoming Crunchy shares the environmental impact of switching to sustainable menstrual products, along with offering a great Mama Cloth giveaway for anyone interested in making the switch (and for those who already have and want to increase their stash!).
An Eden to Call Our Own – Lucy at Dreaming Aloud shares how learning to care for the Earth starts in her own garden.
Elimination Communication – Melissa at the New Mommy Files discusses the environmental impact of diapering, and why elimination communication was the best choice for her family.
The Living Earth: A Meditation in Science and Reverence – Seonaid at The Practical Dilettante asks you to pause to wonder at the blessing of the fact that our living planet is here at all.
Earth Day Anthem – Amanda at Let's Take the Metro created a poem in honor of Mother Earth, women and nurturers everywhere.
The Plasticity of Compromise – Zoie at TouchstoneZ shares how she is working to compromise on healthy family living and avoiding plastics whenever possible.
Earth Day Resolutions – Charise at I Thought I Knew Mama shares why she has decided to make Earth Day resolutions, what those resolutions are, and how they are a step up from her current efforts at green living.
Is it time for you to say “Enough!”? Mrs Green at My Zero Waste asks you to rise up and say ‘Enough!' on Earth Day.
Homeschooling with the Earth – Terri at Child of the Nature Isle shares her desires and dreams for Earth-based learning and the ways her two young children have already started a natural curriculum.
Beyond the Green Sheen – Jenn at Monkey Butt Junction offers some advice on how to avoid greenwashing and make purchasing choices that really have a positive impact.