One of my goal for 2014 is to be a ‘greener mom,’ to do more than just the basics. I made the same pact last year and these are the things our family achieved.
2013 GREEN GOALS
1. We rarely use paper towels in the house now. Instead we use towels for wiping our hands, cleaning up spills and wiping down the counter and the floors.
2. We recycle a lot more now. (You can recycle a lot more than you think.)
3. We don’t leave the water running anymore when brushing our teeth and washing dishes.
4. The kids and I walk to a lot of places and activities instead of driving.
5. We stopped using plastic water bottles and now I take stainless-steel water bottles with me whenever we go out that are easy to refill when anyone gets thirsty.
I know there are even more things that I can do, so this year I’m trying to do 5 more things to help us be a greener family. While doing some research, I came across a wonderful, local online company called Organically Hatched which has everything you need to be a green family, starting with every baby product all the way to beauty and hair products. This company is helping me achieve my goal with some great products I’m going to try and I love the fact that I’m supporting local!
2014 GREEN GOALS:
1. I want to start using cleaning products that are better for the environment and natural, like this one.
2. The one place I do still use paper towels still is when I’m cleaning the bathroom because I feel like the bathroom is so dirty that I need to use something disposable. These E-Cloth’s seem like the perfect solution to that.
3. I want to make a compost. I feel so guilty every time I throw away a banana peel or egg shell knowing that it’s just adding to the landfill when I could be composting it and making it into soil. So it’s high on my priority list to get this compost bin going.
4. We live in a condo right now, but we are looking to move so when we do, a space for our own garden is essential so we can grow some of our own herbs and vegetables to use in the kitchen.
5. No plastic wrap or plastic baggies when I’m make lunch to go. We are only using containers and cool reusable sandwich bags like these.
All of these goals will hopefully help our family have a smaller carbon footprint, reduce the amount of garbage we make and realistically, it’ll save us money in the long run.
What does your family do to try and be more environmentally-friendly? What’s your best ‘green’ tip? I’d love to hear it and add it to my goals!
*I was not given any compensation or products to write this post. Everything is 100% my opinion.