Despite having many ideas for blog posts, it’s been almost three months since I last wrote anything. I blame Netflix… Today, as I was skimming through some new blogs that have been suggested to me (100 days of real food, 52 baby steps), it occurred to me that there are a ton of “green” things that I already do, that I should share on my blog. Maybe it will inspire you to make a green change in your life, or at least get a conversation going as you share your tips and earth-friendly habits.
- Don’t own a clothes dryer. We bought an energy efficient washer a few years ago, intending to buy a dryer a few months later, and found we didn’t need it! We hang everything on racks in our basement, even cloth diapers and reusable baby wipes.
- No air conditioning. Haven’t had one in five years. Okay, we did break down and buy a portable unit in the middle of last summer’s heat wave when our 6-month old stopped sleeping well, but we only used it for a week, I swear!
- Only own one (small) car. My partner walks or bikes the 3km to his work, and I’ll be working from home when I start back from maternity leave. Oh, and the car we own (a Honda Fit) is a pretty reasonable size for 2 adults, a baby and a dog… though we couldn’t survive without our roof rack!
- Local and organic food. Okay, not all the time – not even close. But we grow (some of ) our own in the summer, buy mostly organic produce, and often organic meat and dairy. And I’m a big farmer’s market junky in the summer.
- Anti-plastic. Again, I’m not hardcore about anything. But we never use bottled water (um, it’s free from the tap??), use all reusable food containers (even cloth ziploc bags – thanks to The Straight Stitch), and buy mostly wood and fabric toys for our daughter.
- Natural products. Soap, lotion, detergent, cleaning products, makeup, etc… I have super sensitive skin, so I’ve always bought fragrance free, but in the past few years I’ve stopped buying “commercial” brands of many products, and use a lot of natural lines like Seventh Generation, Green Beaver, Honey Pie, and natureclean, to name a few. Except for shampoo. If anyone can suggest a natural shampoo or conditioner that actually works, I’m all ears! I find they generally leave my hair looking like straw.
- Why disposable? On the same vein as being anti-plastic, if I can buy reusable instead of disposable, I do. Aside from the waste issue, I’m also cheap – why would I buy it over and over again if I can just wash it and use it again?
There are probably a bunch of other little things we do, but those are the main ones that come to mind… There are a ton of things I could do better at, but as I’ve said, I’m never going to be hardcore. My goal is to be mostly green most of the time – I figure that way I’m doing my part, and I also then don’t have to feel guilty when I’m have “non-green” moments. When I buy non-organic chicken because I’m at the grocery store and that’s what they have and I can’t be bothered to make a special trip to the organic butcher. When I drive the 1km to my daughter’s music class because it means I don’t have to worry about her falling asleep in the stroller on the way home and messing up her nap. And when I eat non-local produce all darned winter because I just don’t like collard greens and squash that much!
Now it’s your turn! What do you do that’s green? How’s this for a promise… If someone comments with some green habit that I don’t currently do AND that is reasonable (won’t cost me a ton of time or money), I’ll start doing it, and blog about it how it goes! Eek, I could see this getting out of hand. I’ll tell you right now, I am NOT taking navy showers in January – ain’t gonna happen! Looking forward to your suggestions…