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Here is a list of things we do to be green in our house:
homemade natural cleaning products
homemade natural laundry soap
homemade dishwasher detergent
homemade natural cloth diaper laundry “soap”
we use cloth diapers our twins
we hang the cloth diapers on a line to dry
homemade natural eczema remedy for 4 year old
homemade natural diaper rash ointment for 1 year old twins
we purchase raw milk from a local farmer
we purchase grass fed beef from a local farmer
we purchase bulk honey from a local source
we are members at wheatsville coop in order to buy more local goods
we have a compost pile
we have a worm bin for vermicompost
we use reusable grocery bags
we recycle everything possible, even items that require us to make a special trip downtown to the recycling center
when we purchased a new washer/dryer set last year, water efficiency was at the top of our priority list
we use energy efficient light bulbs
we re-purpose small cardboard boxes as drawer organizers
we drive the fuel efficient car (scion xb) as often as possible, even on trips to houston and love it that three car seats fit just fine in the back seat.
plans for this year:
homemade natural hand soap
homemade natural dish soap
homemade natural shampoo bars
homemade natural hair products like conditioner
all of the ingredients i use in my homemade body care products are purchased locally.
there may be a few other things but this seems like a good starter list.
Here are a few things I just recently started too to increase my Green 🙂
I have been using vegetable/bread saver bags now to cut down on the amount of waste I throw away (and it is saving money!)
I recently started planting some my own vegetables and herbs, right on my apartment balcony; so far they are sprouting up nicely!
I encourage my friends to eat local and organic foods frequently…maybe it will work one day.
I try to reuse anything that can possibly be reused.
Like I said, these are just a few things I have done more lately to go along with everything else I already do. One step at a time!
We try to be as green as we know how and can afford to be – and are constantly learning more! Our kids bring home tips from school, and we all read about how to be more green. Right now we have several things going in our house in our effort to be green:
My husband, 8 year old and 6 year old built a square foot garden box that we have outside of our (rented) duplex. We are growing a variety of vegetables and herbs in the box, using our own compost mixed with soil. My 6 year old goes out of his way to make sure he composts everything compostable!
The older kids (and my husband) built a bird feeder and a bird house, and are in the process of building a bat house.
Our toddler (17 months old) knows the difference between “put this in the recycling” and “put this in the trash” and does whichever he’s asked to. (He also takes items out of the recycling and walks them around the house – I think to see if they might be useful or really ought to have been disposed of, or possibly it’s just fun!)
All cardboard packaging goes straight to my children’s art/craft reuse bin or cabinet, and our (appropriate) paper gets shredded for the guinea pigs, to supplement their bedding. Other paper gets reused for art/crafts or recycled. I check with my kids on anything that I might want to toss that could possibly be art/craft appropriate.
If there was a hybrid minivan sold in the US, we’d be driving it. We had to give up our Prius when we realized 3 kids across in the back seat just wasn’t working. 😦
There are other things we do – such as buying recycled paper, buying organic when we can – but these are some of the things we do that involve our children. They understand the importance of protecting the environment/taking care of our planet, and don’t understand the concept of a world where people don’t recycle. Much better than when I grew up!!!
I’ve been veggie gardening in my own backyard for several years, and last year I added some hens. I no longer buy eggs at all, and I have happy, happy girls who eat my food scraps and help fertilize my garden.
A few years ago, I totally stopped buying paper towels and harsh cleaning agents. Now I clean using vinegar and baking soda and re-usuable cloths and rags. I only purchase recycled Toilet paper.
This year, I’m starting a veggie garden at the school where I teach. I’ll be working with a group of elementary students to learn about nutrition and where their food comes from. Everything we’ve received to build the gardens has come from donations; people donating things that were laying around their homes not being used (yay craigslist!), and our dirt is organic compost. We will be growing organically.
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