Thursday, April 22, 2010

Doing our part and going a little green!

Today is Earth Day...a day to treat this place we call home a little better. Why take just a day tho...why not make some lifestyle changes to be 'green' all year long? Here are some things that we have been doing as a family to help limit our waste and be a little more 'green'.

Compost
Since last summer we've been composting. Anything that is compostible goes in a bucket under our sink and then emptied out into our compost pile near our little garden. At first I didn't really think there was much that we had that could go into compost...boy was I wrong...that bucket fills up FAST! Here are some things that go in the bucket: coffee filters and used coffee grinds, tea bags, onion peels, apple cores, banana peels, egg shells, lettuce cores, orange peels, and dryer lint.

Recycle
We've always talked about how crazy it is how much junk mail we get on a daily basis and what a waste it is. These companies could be saving so much money if they would simply eliminate the crap they send around! Normally we would just put it all right in the garbage but we've started setting it in a pile...that pile then goes into a box to go to the local paper recycle bin. If it's something like a credit card application it gets shredded first before going to the recycle bin. Let me tell you...this stuff adds up FAST! We also recycle cardboard boxes and plastic containers.

Cloth Diapers
I know, cloth diapers?? Yup! I've just recently started cloth diapering and at the moment only use them on Luke. It's amazing how far cloth diapers have come and how easy they are! Right now I have one all in one diaper that is just like a disposable but you just throw it in the wash rather than in the trash. I also have some pocket diapers that require an insert but they are just as easy. They both go on just like a sposie....so super easy! I've also been fortunate to have friends for reference and I also have a local shop that is all about cloth diapers that has been a wonderful help! www.happybabycompany.com I called one day and spoke to Adam (the owner) and he took the time to answer all my questions...he spent over 20 minutes on the phone with me explaining to me how to use the diaper as well as helping me figure out how many diapers I would need. So far things are going great with using cloth on Luke...I hope to add more diapers to my collection so I can also use them for Sean! Not only will we be saving money but it will be less that we as a family will be adding to a landfill somewhere. Check out www.happybabycompany.com today...they are even having a special 15% off sale in honor of earth day and they always have free shipping!!
http://happybabycompany.com


Energy Efficient Lightbulbs
We made the switch to the energy efficient bulbs about 2 yrs ago. They are a little more expensive but they last a VERY long time and use less energy. Nice and easy way to save money and energy!

We are continually looking for more ways to be 'green'. One wonderful side effect is that we are teaching this to our boys. They now know what items can go into compost and what items go into our recycle pile.

So, take it from me, being green is easy....go ahead, give it a try and soon you'll find that it's second nature