Give up one non-Eco friendly habit or item for at least 30 days and see if it could become a permanent change. This could be anything from buying bottled water daily to turning off the lights when you leave a room. There are many small changes that we can make that will get us moving in the right Eco friendly direction.
Here is a short list of possible habits/items that you could give up or change:
Trade in your daily bottled water for a metal water bottle, check out San Francisco based company www.earthlust.com this company has great styles and many different sizes.
You know those little plastic sandwich bags? Those are horrible for the environment what if you could put your sandwich in a nice glass container or check out these reusable sandwich bags These bags can be found at www.gogreenetc.com Which is a great site for all sorts of green products, you can also find Green as Wee Grow there!
How about not buying plastic bottles with juice in them and instead make your own from concentrate.
Trade in your long hot showers for a race with a timer. See who in your family can get out of the shower the fastest and the person that has the shortest times could win a dinner of their choice or a massage:) If you live alone and are able to keep your shower times short maybe treat yourself with the money you’ll save on your water bill.
Use the library or check out your local second hand book store, every time we buy a new book we are killing trees. It’s estimated that 30 million trees are cut down every year to make books. Not to mention the water used, ink needed and shipping that goes into the new books we buy.
My change is going to be turning off all the surge protectors in my house when they aren’t being used and unplugging all items that aren’t in use.
So these are just a few small easy things that we can do to make an impact on greening our life, see what happens after 30 days. I’d love to hear updates! I’ll keep you posted on my progress as well.
Challenge starts Today!
I’m in the 17th week of my second pregnancy and thought this would be a good time to talk about greening your pregnancy. Being pregnant is an exciting, scary and amazing time. I also think that one becomes more aware of the world around them and more aware of what their lifestyle is like. I think two of the biggest changes that people can make in their lifestyle when pregnant is how they eat and how they clean. This is only my thought and my wondering brain, but I wonder if the amount of children with food allergies and other ailments is not a direct connection between the preservatives in food and chemicals in household cleaning products.
Eating healthy is more than just eating a balanced diet and taking your vitamins. I really believe that eating organic foods and foods that are not prepackaged are best for you at all times, but more so when your pregnant. Eating organic veggies & fruits is a great first step, but what about adding in organic meat and dairy. For those of us with a sweet tooth try organic sugar and flour. I know a lot of people are worried about cost and their spending habits, but if your a thrifty shopper and do a little searching before you head to the store you can find coupons for a lot of organic produce, meats and other items that you might normally steer clear of because of cost. Also another huge cost saving tip is buy in bulk, you might not think you’ll use it all but a lot of things like flour can be stored in your freezer for up to 6 months. My everyday life includes only organic food regardless of being pregnant and once you start in the organic world it’s hard to go back to conventional, there is a taste difference.
Cleaning is another scary aspect of being pregnant. A cleaning product that you might not think twice about using when not pregnant now becomes cause for concern. I am not going to go into a lot of detail about the wonders of vinegar as a cleaning product mostly because there are entire websites dedicated to vinegar. Really though vinegar is amazing!!! I use it for almost everything and it works. Baking soda & fresh lemon are also a great addition to you cleaning arsenal. 1 simple example of using baking soda & lemon: when cleaning my bamboo cutting boards I sprinkle a small amount of baking soda then use a halved lemon to scrub the surface I then rinse with hot water and wall-a a lemony fresh supper clean cutting board ready for the next round of onion and garlic!
An all purpose cleaner that I always have in the house is Simple Green http://www.simplegreen.com This is my favorite product of the ones I use. I buy it in the gallon concentrate and add a small amount to a spray bottle that is almost 3/4 of the way full of water. It leaves everything clean and with a mild lemon scent. I choose to use simple green for a lot of reasons, but I’ll give you my top ones. Everything they make is biodegradable and non toxic, they don’t test their products on animals and the scent is pleasant w/out being perfume. I don’t recommend the green cleaner as the smell is horrible, other than that I’ve never been disappointed by their products.
Next week I’ll be adding to this post with info about personal hygene and beauty products. If there is anything that you are interested about please let me know and I will do my best to address it. Until next week start green eating and cleaning, even if your not expecting!