I never took that big of an interest in going green. Sure, I did what I can when II could to be earth-friendly, but I didn’t go out of my way to do it. Things have changed a lot since then and I’ve been making more of an effort to go green than before! I plan on furthering these green-actions even more in the upcoming year!
1. Cloth Diapering My Newborn
I cloth diaper my two older children. My oldest is cloth diapered only at night time (she’s potty trained during the day) while my son is cloth diapered full time. I didn’t always use cloth diapers. We had intended to when my daughter was only a few months old, but unfortunately, we moved somewhere without a working washer. We started looking into cloth again when my son was only a few months old. We switched him and my daughter into cloth diapers, full time, when my son was just four months old. Neither of my children were cloth diapered as newborns, but the baby I am expecting this coming Valentine’s day will be!
2. Make My Own Laundry Soap
I have read a great deal about making my own laundry soap and am very interested! It’s not only less expensive, but it’s easier on the environment and it’s better for your skin and overall health! Not to mention, many home made laundry soaps require less be added to the wash than commercial ones! You’re also not wasting landfill space with used up bottles and packages; when you make your own, you can reuse the same storage container over and over again!
3. Sew the Majority of My Children’s Clothing
It comes as no surprise to my friends and family that I plan to sew the majority of my children’s clothing this year. Although I have been sewing for almost two years now, I have just recently delved into the world of sewing clothes and I must admit; I love it! I plan on sewing a lot of my children’s clothing using scrap material from other projects, or my own old clothes I no longer wear! This reduces wastes and saves money!
4. Buy From the Bulk Section More Often
Most grocery stores have a bulk section where goods such as flour, nuts, oats and even candies, are sold in bulk! This section is not only great for the budget, but it saves packaging from being thrown into the dumps and landfills. By buying foods in bulk, you can store them in your own containers, without having to throw away all of this packaging when it’s all used up!
5. Double-Check That The Lights are Off Before I Leave the House
I’ll admit, I’m somewhat bad when it comes to leaving lights on in the house! It’s so easy when you’re rushing out the door with two kids to forget the lights! This year I plan on making a more conscious effort to make sure that all of the lights are turned off before I leave! This saves money, and conserves energy!