But there are a few habits (sheesh, I hope I can come up with five!) I have adopted that make me feel like I won't win the Worst Guest on This Planet Award. I hope you'll share some of your ideas, too, because goodness knows we could all stand to be a little gentler to our Home.
1. The laundry situation: The summer Elliott was one and Tommy was three I put up a clothes line. I emphasize the pronoun because I achieved this with with no great fanfare but with a ridiculous amount of self-pride. It involved lots of digging and cement, ya'll! I was feeling very fierce about it. Anyway, I (mostly) use it. It's not easy around here given that our weather is 75% snowy or rainy or freezing. In order to at least reduce the amount of energy our dryer uses, no matter the weather or time of year I always hang the shirts on hangers and let them air dry around the house. I have no idea how much fossil fuel or electricity (or money) this saves me, but I figure I'm reducing the dryer output by about half.
|If there's anything my blog audience has been screaming for, it's more photos of my bathroom....|
|Windowsill, don't think YOU can get out of the work. (Note the POURING rain outside).|
|I know it would taste SO much better to my kids if they were individually||wrapped...!|
|Homemade bread. Re-used bags.|
4. The plastic bag situation. So I make my own bread (we go through at least 3 loaves a week), but I do NOT make my own bagels or English muffins or hamburger rolls. When I buy those, I keep the plastic bags. That way, when I am done with a batch of bread, I just use the bags from the store-bought stuff to store the bread in the freezer. Saves me a TON of money on plastic wrap or aluminum foil and I can re-use the bags a gillion times before even I deem them too worn out for another round. In other "plastic bag news", we of course have reusable grocery bags that we use for normal shopping trips. I'm usually pretty good about remembering to grab them on a general day out and about for purchases at other stores, too. But, we...okay, I'll sell him out... my HUSBAND has a pretty good balance of forgetting to bring the bags often enough that we have a stock of plastic shopping bags. We use those for the bathroom garbage cans, wet or dirty daycare kiddo clothes that need to get shipped home or as a "car garbage" on long trips. I know you all do this too... but it piggy backed with the bread bag thing so I included it.
5. The (impending) diaper situation. With Tommy & Elliott, there was no practical way for me to consider using cloth diapers. I was going to be heading back to work a couple of months after each of them was born and they just had to be disposable. With Baby Totally On Purpose, though, I'm sort of considering going with cloth. Nothing's in stone, of course, but it seems like I'll probably be at home with this little person for a while, so the daycare situation won't apply. I have done a bit of research (i.e. Google'd and YouTube'd it) and the hard work of it does seem pretty daunting. However, I think that with the habit in place, it will be like making bread: just another normal thing I do a few times a week. If you have a post-diaper-pin kid and put them in the modern-day cloth diapers, I could really use your feedback on this! (No offense to Moms and Dads who were of the diaper pin era - I just imagine your experience would be different since the options and "ease of use" are better now than they were then). It's a real travesty when you think of all that CRAP (literally) going into the landfill. And the bizarre-o chemicals that go in those things to keep the baby feeling dry? What is THAT? Just seems like it cannot be good for the environment.
Whew! Look at that. I got to five! Now, please please please share some of the ways you try to give back to Nature in these days of consumption. I am always looking for ideas!