Try Just One (part 1)

I try to be environmentally conscious. I am always looking for more earth-friendly alternatives, especially if they are ideas which are easy to incorporate into my life or the life of my family.  Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start or what to do and we feel overwhelmed. I try to remember that even one change for the better can have a big impact (so true in all aspects of our life and health).  I’d like to share with you some of the ideas that have worked in our home, and have been quite easy to integrate.

1. Use reusable water bottles whenever possible. This one isn’t too hard these days. I have often found water bottles at places like Old Navy and TJ Maxx.

2. Use reusable containers instead of plastic wrap, tin foil and plastic bags. This is great for the kid’s lunches. 

3. Use reusable bags when shopping. Keep them in the trunk of your car so they are handy. I have been best at using them for the grocery store, but I’m trying to remember to use them at other stores too.

4. Use cloth napkins in place of paper napkins. Also great for the kid’s lunches.  Everyone in the family has a different color napkin so we can keep track.

5. Use cleaning cloths, dish cloths, rags or old towels instead of paper towels whenever possible. I have a set of dishtowels and facecloth type towels that I use every day in my kitchen.  I use fresh ones each day. I have a great collection of old t-shirts, socks and facecloths for cleaning around the house.

6. Use earth friendly or homemade cleaners whenever possible. I use vinegar and baking soda quite a bit and I also buy prepared natural cleaners like Method (at Target) and Seventh Generation.

    Following is a recipe for natural glass cleaner we recently used at my house and really liked. It is environmentally friendly and very inexpensive to make. That is another benefit of making environmentally friendly choices; frequently they will save you money.  Who doesn’t like that (more money to put toward massage)? 

    Natural Glass Cleaner

    Combine 1/4 c. rubbing alcohol, 1/4 c. white vinegar, 1 Tbsp cornstarch and  2 c. warm water in a spray bottle, and shake well. Shake well before each use, too, as the cornstarch might settle at the bottom and plug the spray bottle if it’s not mixed in well.

    I think this is enough to ponder right now. I'll share more ideas in my next post. I don’t want you to feel overwhelmed, only good about any change you are able to make. Changing just one thing can have a big impact on your health and the health of the earth. Let me know if you have any ideas that have worked well in your home, or if you try any of these ideas, what you think of them. Have a wonderful Earth Day!

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