My son Cedar and I are pretty good at some green living practices. For example; recycling, buying organic food, always carrying reusable bags, using fewer paper products, never using paper towels, green cleaning, and turning off lights. But we’re not perfect by any means, so we’ve got some various green living goals. I’ve got some personal goals and some household goals too.
Buying less packaging
As a single mama and a busy family it’s easy to fall back on buying packaged foods, or not browsing the bulk section first. This is, in my opinion, one of the largest green challenges we need to take on and it’s a big green priority. Right now we have way too many packaged items in our pantry.
Use safer, greener body care products
We’re ok at this, but far from perfect. For example, I do buy Cedar only organic, non-toxic bath supplies, we only use recycled toothbrushes, and we use eco-friendly toothpaste. On the flip side, I have some questionable hair products and lotions in my bathroom right now, can’t find a recyclable razor I like, and have never been able to find a decent non-toxic deodorant. So we could use 50% improvements in this area.
Buy sustainable clothing
I’m actually pretty green with my clothing being that I almost always buy used clothing, have eco-friendly shoes, and organic clothes. My son is another story. It is VERY hard to find eco-friendly clothing for anyone between the ages of 4 years and adult unless you buy all used. Organic, and other sustainable clothing companies appear to believe that people come in two main sizes – baby or full on adult. Kids and preteens have been majorly shafted in this area.
We’re vegetarian and vegan at my house, which is eco-friendly, but I used to make most food from scratch – bread, soups, etc. and lately I don’t. I think that getting back to cooking healthier will go hand in hand with limiting packaging.
Get out in nature more
Cedar and me used to go on a lot more nature hikes. In the last year we’ve been crazy busy and while we go outside often, it’s more around the neighborhood than into the wild, so I want to work on this.
Use recycled toilet tissue
We haven’t used paper towels in my house for literally years, but we don’t always buy recycled toilet paper, and we should.
Green up the kitchen dishes
For the most part we don’t use plastic in the kitchen, but we could clear it all out, we also need to test some of our older dishes for lead and we need to make sure all our cookware is safe and non-toxic. This is sort of limited by price. Non-toxic cookware is more expensive, and I’m guessing we need to switch out at least a few big pots and pans.
So, these are my own current goals for a greener house. In priority news I’d say less packaging, greener dishes, and recycled toilet paper maybe top the list.
What green goals does your family have – do you have any plans in place about how to meet them?
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