This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and The Pistachio Project through the Green Moms Network. This month, our members are reflecting on the successes they had from last year, and setting goals for themselves this year. Check out all of the posts to get ideas on how you can start your New Year off green!
This year, I’m challenging myself to make 2 changes to our large family lifestyle. Overall, we’re a mostly green large family.
We thrift shop for clothes.
We do hand me downs for clothes.
We go paperless with our bills.
We hang our clothes as much as possible.
We do leftover night.
We cloth diapered 4 kids.
I use wash cloths for cleaning.
We can do more. We have habits that can be improved.
No More Plastic Bags
Over the past year, I’ve gotten into the habit of bringing re-usable bags into the store when I go shopping. I keep a stash of cloth bags in the back of my car. In the door on the driver’s side of the car, I have 2 recyclable bags that compact into a storage case. I often grab these when heading into places like Target. Target gives me $.05 off for each recyclable bag.
I don’t bring bags on every trip. Sometimes I forget to grab the bags. Sometimes I don’t want to deal with the cashier and using the bags. Sometimes my husband does the shopping; he’s not into the recycled bags.
I’m challenging all of my family to use recycled bags from my teenage son who visits Game Stop once a month to my husband who does the weekly produce trip to myself.
I do a lot of laundry. 2 loads daily at least. I don’t need to wash everything.
Some of my kids think they need to throw their jammies in the wash after one wearing. Others wear a sweat shirt for an hour or so and toss it in the laundry. I’ve let my kids get into these bad habits.
I’m instituting Wash Jammies Day on the days I wash the kids sheets which is once a week. When they put their sheets in the laundry, the jammies go in, too.
I’m asking questions about the other clothes and teaching my kids to wear their play clothes multiple times if they’re not dirty.
Share One Green Change You Can Make in 2014.
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