Going green is always on the list of New Year’s resolutions with the Woodland Babies’ families, and this year is no different! We have compiled a top ten list for going green, based on three different levels of “green-ness”.
Through the years, each of our families have switched (or are in the process of switching) to reusable snackbags, and we all use cloth wipes and cloth diapers.
Each of our families falls somewhere in the following spectrum. Where is your family?
Starting Out Green
1. Stop using disposable bags at the grocery store. Purchase reusable ones, extra points if they are made from recycled or upcycled materials.
2. Buy an inexpensive reusable water bottle, and stop buying plastic disposable bottles.
3. Make your own playdough and paints. It’s so easy, and your kids will love helping.
4. Wash laundry in cold water instead of hot.
5. Turn off lights when you leave the room. Better yet, resist the urge to turn on lights when you walk in a room. Open your curtains or blinds and enjoy the natural light.
6. Pay your bills online. Once it is set up, it is so easy to maintain, and fast! For extra green power, switch all your bills to paperless e-statements.
7. Turn off your computer completely at night.
8. Unplug unused chargers and appliances.
9. Try cloth diapering. Even if you only do one cloth diaper per day, you’ll save the landfill and your family the cost of 365 disposable diapers over the course of the year.
Save the Forest Green
1. Start an herb or vegetable garden. It’s a great activity to do by yourself or with your children, and it is helpful for kids to see where our food comes from.
2. Eliminate plastic waste from lunch boxes. Purchase reusable snack bags, or upcycle some old clothes into homemade ones.
3. Support your local economy. Shop at your farmer’s market and locally owned businesses.
4. Switch to a green laundry detergent.
5. Use cloth instead of paper to clean your kitchen. Be frugal, and make these rags out of old towels and t-shirts.
6. Sign up for green power from your utility company, if available.
7. Line dry your laundry.
8. Lower the temperature on your hot water heater.
9. Switch to reusable wipes for diapers and noses. You’ll save yourself a lot of money and the landfills a bunch of waste. Bonus points for making your own. More bonus points if you upcycle.
10. Plan to combine all your errands for the week into one trip.
1. Create a homemade compost bin.
2. Reuse empty glass containers for leftovers, bulk storage, etc. to reduce plastic and foil usage.
3. Repurpose something. You just might enjoy it! Follow the Woodland Babies Pinterest page for more ideas.
4. Make your own household cleaners. Baking soda and vinegar go a long way!
5. Use cloth napkins daily instead of paper.
6. Collect rainwater. Use it to water your indoor plants (and your herb/vegetable garden).
7. Walk or ride a bike to your errands that are close by (shopping local makes this even easier).
8. Install low-flow toilets and shower heads along with faucet aerators to reduce water use inside.
9. Eliminate paper products in your house, and switch to family cloth. Do you know how much Kleenex and toilet paper you use in a year?
10. Consider electric and/or hybrid vehicles next time you are in the market to change cars.
Need ideas for implementing some changes? Check out our Pinterest page for some great ideas!