Friday, April 22, 2011

more good stuff for you and the earth

My last post was getting a bit lengthy, but I wanted to also add some things I do that are good for my family and I, and are good for the earth;

-no paper products (except recycled toilet paper for guests)
for paper towels I use microfiber cloths, old towels, rags, etc; for tissues I use hankies I sewed from old flannel, plus some really nice hankies I got from grandmother (they were hers years ago, talk about standing the test of time); for napkins a package of wash clothes works great (way better than store bought cloth napkins); for toilet paper I use fabric cut up from old stained, clothes (sweatshirt material is great); for sanitary products I use cloth mama pads (I have used for years now and this is one of the best green and frugal choices I have made)

-no toxic cleaners
I make my own and buy some as well, but the stuff I buy must be non toxic, biodegradable, be made with plant based ingredients, and disclose all ingredients

-make my own laundry soap
the amount of plastic bottles I have saved from never have come into my home makes this worth it (plus the huge amounts of money I have saved, and it is much more gentle on our skin)

-buy organic produce (less toxins on planet, more nutrients for me)

-buy organic free range meat products

-buy organic free range eggs

-eat less meat and more fruits/veggies (meat takes a huge amount of resources from the planet)

-buy local food (less fuel used to get it to you)

-buy products made locally or in USA (again saves fuel cost to get to you)

Not only have many of the above choices helped the earth, most also save me money. Not only are we to be a good steward of the earth, we need to apply same principal to money. Use some of that saved money to do something good for the earth and the people on it!!!



Sisters of the Blog said...

On the produce and food front, i tend to go with locally grown stuff, especially produce when i can. If i have a choice between minimally sprayed local stuff versus organic that's been trucked from thousands of miles away, i choose the local stuff.

Somehow, eating an organic pepper grown in Holland that had to be flown thousands of miles to my supermarket seems to me to be just as large a carbon footprint rather than taking something local that isn't certified organic.