I mean yeah, I do care about the environment (to an extent) but I am not going out of my way or spending more money just to be more green.
The things I do choose to do, really, are more for my benefit than that of the earth's I guess you could say. But at the same time, It gives me some measure of satisfaction knowing that I may be making a tiny difference. For example:
1. Cloth diapering - I think this is the biggest one. I started looking into cloth diapers after I stopped working, and my stash of disposable diapers I had stocked up on before Jack was born was dwindling. Our money situation is extremely tight, and I just couldn't see where we were going to get the money for diapers. So, I decided I was going to use cloth! Now I am sold! I love how cute they are and how there are no chemicals in them like there are in disposable diapers. (I highly encourage you to follow that link and read that article... I recently stumbled on it and thought it was very interesting...) People think it is gross, and more work to use cloth, but once you get past the having to rinse the poo out in the toilet (really not bad, you can even get a diaper sprayer) It is really just one more load of laundry every few days. Not bad at all!
2. Recycling - as long as I remember, we have always recycled. I just recycle cans and bottles though. No paper and stuff, though if they offered it in our town, I would probably do that as well.
3. Using natural cleaning products - I have always been the one who uses whatever I can get the cheapest. But I recently got some products from Seventh Generation to review, and I have to say I love these products! They work great, don't have that chemical smell, and I know that with Jack crawling around, he isn't going to get into anything toxic (or even chew on something I have recently cleaned) I think that is worth a little extra money. (and there are always coupons!)
4. I really want to start using re-usable shopping bags, but I don't want to go out and buy a bunch of them. If our money wasn't so tight, then I might buy a few. I recently got one for free, and have a coupon for another one, so I will start small, and gradually get more!
5. I recently got a bread machine from my grandma, and just bought a massive bag of flour at Costco, so I am going to try and start making our own sandwich bread. not necessarily "green" but it is definitely frugal! Not to mention a little better for you. I currently have a loaf of pumpernickel bread in there.... I have never made it before, but wanted to try it! Did you know it has cocoa, molasses and coffee in it? me neither!
so yeah, those are the main things. Not much, but I do feel like I do a small part! What about you? Have you made any green changes lately? How do you feel about the whole "green" movement?
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