I know I don't post often here. Hello? Why do I hear an echo?
It is both an honor and a pleasure to introduce you to a good friend of mine. She has three kids, all boys, all under the age of six. We sometimes play a game I call One Word, wherein we try to think of one word that describes our friend or ourselves. My word for this woman? Granola.
No kidding - she's comfortable, nurturing, healthy, earthy, sweet, and (with three small boys to raise) a little nutty.
She likes to hike, camp, and commune with nature, and she and her husband are teaching their boys to love the trail, too. They take hikes with small children that I wouldn't attempt on my own!
This woman is relentless in her quest to lessen her impact on our beloved planet without making a huge hole in the wallet.
Without further ado, I give you - Kit!
Hello Mainstream Greeners! I am Kit, and I am guest-posting today on Mainstream Green.
SO much of "going green" at home is about small changes. Little differences in our habits and our purchases can add up to a huge difference for the environment. There are a number of ways that I am switching my family to a greener lifestyle, and I'll be telling you about some of them as I get a chance. Some changes are a simple matter of buying different products. Others require a much bigger commitment. I am finding that big or small, the changes I am making make me feel very good- not only because it's better for the environment and often healthier for my family, but also that the whole mindfullness of the endeavor is rewarding. To lead a greener lifestyle means to be more aware of your place in the great web of life- and to me, that's a beautiful thing.
Some examples of how I have gone green:
- We use cloth diapers. They aren't just for hardcore hippies, either- they can absolutely fit in with a mainstream lifestyle. I'll tell you more about them in a later post.
- I also use "mama cloth". . . which people seem to have a harder time accepting, so perhaps that's not as mainstream. But I'm happy with it!
- I use simple natural cleaners.
- I try to purchase natural and biodegradable products (detergents, shampoos, etc) whenever possible. It can be hard to find a balance between what works, what's better for the environment, and what we can afford.
- We recycle everything our county will take, and try to have a minimum amount of garbage thrown away.
- I usually tend a vegetable garden and a compost pile.
- We have changed our habits to help conserve water and electricity.
- I opt for reusable rather than disposable. This applies in lots of situations in daily life.
- I am reducing our consumption of plastics. This one's a toughie- I just do what I can, and don't stress out over it. I'm gradually getting better about it.
- I use a clothesline.
- We pick up litter.
- I try to buy local food when I can. I am working on this one. :)
I am sure there are more things we have done, but that's a pretty good list to start. You'll notice that most of them don't require a lot of effort or money, and most of them will save you money in the long run. Hopefully, as I share some of the things we've done, you'll spot some good ideas and be inspired to try a few more "green" habits in your life!