Since becoming a parent, I am much more environmentally conscious than I used to be. After all, we only have one Earth, and I want my kids and their kids to be able to enjoy a happy, healthy, beautiful life. Part of my responsibility not only as a parent, but as a human being, is to help preserve the world we live in for future generations and to teach my children to do the same.
Living a greener lifestyle is easier than it sounds, and all starts with making some small changes. We do several things in my home to live like The Lorax. They may not sound like big things, but every little bit helps to reduce our carbon footprint.
First of all, we cloth-diaper our babies. Not only are cloth diapers adorable and reusable, they're also better for the environment and for baby, too! Disposable diapers contain a whole host of chemicals that are harmful to baby's delicate skin, and these chemicals are then introduced to our soil and water supply when we throw them away. Our landfills are already overflowing, and disposable diapers can take up to 500 years to biodegrade! So using cloth makes sense for us. And when we aren't using cloth, we use environmentally friendlier disposables like Seventh Generation Diapers. We also use cloth wipes!
Another thing we do to live a greener lifestyle is reusing and re-purposing common household items. Egg cartons make great planters, cardboard boxes can be used to make playhouses and forts, and old t-shirts can be used as cleaning rags! There are so many ways to use things that could be called trash. You just have to be creative with your thinking.
We also use eco-friendly cleaning supplies. So many cleaners and detergents are loaded with chemicals. There are great, greener options available, both commercially and homemade! Did you know plain white vinegar is a fantastic glass and surface cleaner?
We also try to eat organic foods as often as possible. Organic foods are free of pesticides, preservatives, and GMO's. These aren't things I want to feed my family, and going organic is a great way to avoid these common additives. Buying locally sourced food is a great way to support local farmers, too! I can't wait until the Farmer's Markets open up soon!
Lastly, we tend to buy a lot of organic clothing. These garments are made from organically grown materials like organic cotton and even bamboo! They are free of chemicals, and even last longer than traditionally made garments. Organic clothing is better for our bodies and for the environment.
It's not so hard to live a greener lifestyle. Think sustainability. Reuse. Recycle. You can make simple lifestyle changes that have a huge impact and preserve our world for future generations!
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