Going Green has a large presence here in the San Francisco area so somewhere between moving to the Bay Area and becoming a true adult, the notion of being “greener” on a daily basis has become more important to me. That’s not to say it hasn’t been important in the past…it has just moved up on the priority list and even more so now that I have a little one.
In the past I though that “being green” meant that I needed to completely overhaul my life from how I ate to what car I drove. Over the years, I have realized that as long as I continually take baby steps to being greener I am making a difference and setting an eco-friendly example for my son.
But, before you think that I am preaching from my reusable soapbox, I have to admit that not all of my “green” efforts have panned out so well…
Before my little guy was born, I invested in a infant to toddler cloth diapering system and it was not cheap. But, I thought about the environmental impact of disposable diapers as well as the monthly expense of purchasing diapers, and made the decision that we would go the cloth diaper route.
Pre-baby this sounded like a win all the way around; however, after my having the little dude, I couldn’t keep up with the laundry and mess and continually resorted to my secret stash of disposable diapers. At some point, I realized that while my heart was committed to the cloth diapers, my sanity was not. So the compromise we made was to use biodegradable disposable diapers.
This was the best of both worlds for me. And that’s the message here folks, do what you can do – if you can do the reusable diaper system, then please do. But, if you’re like me and you need a reprieve from the laundry, then consider the compromise and go with the biodegradable disposable diaper. It’s not a perfect solution, but it’s better than using the disposable diapers that sit in our landfills much longer.
So in honor of Earth Day on the 22nd of April, here are some additional ways we make our life a little greener in our household and you can too!
- Biodegradable detergent
- Homemade cleaning supplies that are vinegar based
- Swapping clothes and toys with local moms
- Reusable Food pouches (ie Sili Squeeze)
- Reusable shopping bags
- Harvesting fruits and veggies in our backyard
- Buying and selling baby/kid items on Craigslist and Ebay
What are some ways you have become “greener”?
Happy Earth Day Mamas!
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