Going Green: Baby Steps
Every single day, as a family we try to do just a little bit more to help out our earth by recycling, using less energy, and creating as little possible trash as we can.
I’m from the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Generation. These ideas were formed in our brains early on, starting in middle school or so. I did many reports on the destruction of old-growth redwood forests, the meat processing industry and recycling programs. The information prompted me to remove meat entirely from my diet for 12 years. I even, dare I say, drove up to Humboldt County, California and protested the destruction of forests.
That was close to 15 years ago. I have a family now, and zero opportunities to join active Green programs or protest the destruction of forests. More important than using my voice to preach or joining groups was to change my every day lifestyle.
I do little things like unplugging my appliances, turning off lights, recycling everything, and buying in bulk.
There is ALWAYS more that can be done.
I went to diapers.com and ordered a handful of products that would make my life much easier to be environmentally friendly.
Babyganics Grime Fighter All Purpose Lavender & Babyganics Fine & Handy Foaming Soap
Instead of buying the regular, inexpensive antibacterial cleaning products and hand soap, I feel so much safer ordering organic solutions both for our health and the environment.
California Baby SPF30 sunblock
We typically will purchase the large tubes of 50+ sunblock and slather the kids up every single day. Tests have proven that anything over 30 is not necessary, so buying a longer lasting, small stick of sunblock is both cheaper and less wasteful Not to mention better for baby skin.
Sassy Oxo-Biodegradable Scented Diaper Sacks
Most of our life is spent on the go. This means I tend to use old plastic grocery bags for waste of diapers and everything else, which ends up leading to more waste, since the plastic bags themselves can be recycled. These bags are biodegradable, smaller, and easier to use, period.
Sigg Lifestyle Bottle
Confession: I buy a lot of bottled water when I’m traveling with the kids on a daily basis. We don’t buy bottled at home, as we use a Brita filtering system, but transporting drinking water for myself is a chore. The Sigg bottles are lined and don’t taste like aluminum and are easy to carry. Bottled water is now eliminated from my repertoire.
Two Foogo Leak-Proof Food Jars
It’s always easier to buy boxes and boxes of plastic sandwich bags when packing lunches and snacks for children, but it’s a no-no for the environment. These Thermos jars are easy to wash, keep foods cold or warm, and are the perfect size for fruits, veggies and even entrees. While we still have sandwich bags in our home for emergencies, I always try to use reusable containers first.
So, while I might not be planning a sit-in at our local city hall, I’m doing big things in little ways in our lives to be more environmentally conscious, and it’s making an even larger difference.
I’m offering one person $100 to diapers.com to sponsor your own green challenge!
Leave a comment explaining one way in which you have made more environmentally aware decisions in your own life, and/or one way in which you would like to change.
I’ll pick a winner randomly next Wednesday, 5/11 at midnight. Good Luck!
This post is sponsored by BabyCenter in conjunction with the BabyCenter Blog Network. I was compensated for the post, and given $100 to diapers.com to facilitate my own green challenge
Thank you to everyone that entered!! I was inspired by all of your stories and appreciate the time you took to detail your green efforts!
Random.org chose #11, Angie of Queenofthesnotprincess! Congratulations!