Around our house we try to make choices that are better for the environment – to reduce our ecological footprint and make our home healthier for our family. Some of these changes have been big ones – moving to a tankless water heater, getting a high efficiency furnace and replacing the crappy insulation in our walls. But there are many smaller (and less expensive) ways you can become more “Green”. Seventh Generation has put together 4 simple steps to get you started.
Tip #1 – Pack a litterless lunch – Since A.C. is not in school yet I don’t worry about this one for him, but I do pack litterless lunches for JAM and I.
- Reusable water bottles for drinks
- Reusable lunch containers including my lunch bag, snack bags to hold crackers or veggies, and glass containers for leftovers that need reheating like pasta
- I also have a mini pair of oven mitts at work – no need to waste paper towels just to take something out of the microwave without burning yourself.
- Many traditional dish and laundry soaps contain petrochemicals, something we try to stay away from.
- Not all “natural” soaps are created equal and we have had some bad experiences with ones that just don’t work. I am happy to day that Seventh Generation Free & Clean Dish Soap has JAMs stamp of approval (yes I am a luckly lady, my hubby does most of the dishes around our house)
- I love the packaging of the Seventh Generation 4X Laundry Detergent. Not only does it work great, but they have made sure that every part of the package can be recycled (but don’t worry it is sturdy too)
Tip #3 – Find a sustainable route to school/work
- With obesity rates at an all time high, see if it is feasible to walk or bike to school or work. Better for the environment, saves on gas, and lets you get in some exercise
- Car Pool or take public transit – I commute to work everyday on the train. While the train schedule is not always ideal, it saves me sitting in stop-and-go traffic for 2 hours a day, and reduces my carbon footprint.
Tip #4 – Rebrand responsibility – Get your whole family involved in making greener choices
- Let the kids pick out a snack bag with a design they like, and get them involved in packing lunches
- Come up with ideas on how to use up leftovers to create another delicious family meal so food does not go to waste
- Come up with tasks the kids can help with. From taking out the recycling to helping put laundry out on the line to dry.
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