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4 Simple Tips to Become Awesome Green Parents in 2021

December 26, 2020
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Becoming Green Parents to Raise Green Babies

Becoming green parents will enable you to have a positive impact on the environment, and it will also allow you to teach your child about the importance of being eco-friendly. As an added bonus, many techniques that green parents utilize will help you greatly reduce your monthly budget. In other words, the process of becoming environmentally friendly will be rewarding in many ways.

1. Breastfeeding

There is nothing more natural than providing your baby with sustenance via breastfeeding. Multiple studies have proven that breast milk is the best food source for infants, and the World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding exclusively until the age of six months. Additionally, many experts believe that breastfeeding should continue for a minimum of two years.

It is easy to understand why so many eco-friendly green parents take this approach when you combine the health aspects with the fact that you will avoid adding formula containers to a landfill. However, some mothers might “tire” of nursing and opt for bottle feeding after a while. If nursing gets to be a comfort issue, the use of nursing pillows can ease back and neck strain.

2. Cloth Diapers

Although some people believe that using traditional store-bought diapers are more convenient, they are destructive to the environment, and not nearly as comfortable for your baby as cloth diapers. Is also important to note that cloth diapers can be reused an extensive number of times, and this makes them much more cost-effective than the alternative. As an added bonus, you will never need to make an emergency run to the store for diapers while your infant is wearing the last one from the bag.

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3. Utilize Secondhand Shops

One of the major differences between a green household and one that does not place an emphasis on the environment is a heightened level of awareness about the amount of trash that each household produces on a daily basis. In order to help reduce your family’s impact on the environment, you should utilize secondhand shops whenever possible. This will give you the opportunity to save money for necessary items for your baby, and you will also be able to sell your items to one of these stores after your child has outgrown them.

4. Purchase Quality Toys

Many of the toys that are available today are made of cheap plastic that will break easily. Instead, you should look into companies that make durable products of materials such as wood. There are also multiple toy manufacturers that are committed to creating eco-friendly toys. Therefore, although these items might cost more initially, they will help you live up to your green ideals, and they can also become hand-me-downs for the next generation.

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These are basic and easy steps to become green parents

As you can see, there are several different methods that you can utilize to help you with your goal of becoming a green parent. Keep in mind that the example that you set for your child today will make a big difference in the way that they will run their household when they are older. You should also make sure that you discuss the importance of being environmentally friendly with your child once they are old enough to understand.

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How to Painlessly Start Thinking About Climate Change (and Rethinking Your Lifestyle) Now

November 21, 2020
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Make Small Steps in Rethinking Your Lifestyle and About Climate Change

Welcome to the second part of our series on the 7 Rs (​Refuse, ​Reuse, ​Recycle, ​Repurpose/​Repair, ​Reduce, ​Rot, ​Rethink). The “R” that fuels our transformation into an ethical consumer is “Rethink.” All this talk about climate change, environmentalism, and lifestyle change can be a bit overwhelming. So let us talk about how you can ease yourself into all this and still make an impact. 

Start Small: Research About Climate Change

The first thing you can do is to research. For some, the word “research” provokes excitement. For others, it evokes dread. We recommend that you research things you like. Do not focus solely on the negative articles about climate change, but find the reports that show you how you can tangibly make a difference today. There is so much news about climate change, forest fires, pollution levels, etc.

However, there are equally as many articles about the small steps you can take to change how you consume goods, purchase goods, and look at your impact on the environment.

There is hope, and you can be a part of the movement to rethink and change the relationship you have with the environment. This blog is a great place to start. 

A woman making a phone call to get a corporate company to rethink about climate change

Write an e-mail or make a phone call. 

Rethinking also means rethinking how we make an impact. It is not just about changing your consumption. It is also about asking the companies that we buy from to change their methods. Contact your favorite companies and ask them to change their packaging for their products or start using different materials for their products. 

If enough of us ask, they will listen. 

Ask Questions 

Ask yourself what you can tweak in your life to be friendlier to the environment. You can do what they call a “waste audit.”

Your waste audit can ask questions like:

  • What do I throw away the most?
  • Is it possible to recycle this item?
  • Can I repurpose this item?
  • Can I get this fixed instead of throwing it out?
  • What can I do about all the packaging and wrappings I use and throw away? 
    • Find grocery stores that sell their products without packaging or environmentally friendly packaging. There are eco-friendly packaging alternatives like bee’s wax wrap instead of plastic wrap. 
    • Buy zip-lock pouches instead of the one time use zip lock bags. You can make them yourself, or you can buy them. They are more expensive, but these products are reusable. 
  • Can I give this away to someone else, like a friend or someone on Facebook Marketplace?
  • Is there a way that I can reduce my emissions? 
    • Can I carpool with a friend or colleague? 
    • Can I walk or bicycle to work instead of driving? As long as you live in a place where the weather permits walking or bicycling, it is a great way to get your work out and help lower your emissions. 
  • Do I turn off my electronics and lights when I am not using them?
  • When I buy a new car, should I buy an electric or hybrid? 
  • What can I do the next time I need new clothes and accessories?
    • Consider a fun clothes swap party with friends.
    • Buy from companies that have made an effort to look at their impact on climate change.
    • Check out your local second-hand store, online second-hand sources, or Goodwill. 

Ask yourself what you can do differently? It is as simple as that. 

What does it mean to be an ethical consumer? 

Life is already busy. Some days it feels like you can barely manage the lifestyle you have, let alone trying to change it. You want to make a difference in the fight against climate change, but sometimes it feels overwhelming, and you do not know where to start.

Luckily Lao Tzu tells us that “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” 

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The Only 3 Natural Household Cleaners You Need That You Can Make At Home

October 21, 2020
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Save some money, the environment, and your health by making your own natural household cleaners!

It’s no secret that most big brand household cleaners are full of chemicals with names we cannot pronounce. Studies repeatedly link them to health problems and illnesses such as allergies, asthma, and cancer. 

Some argue that “chemicals” are not as scary as a word made out to be, and they pose a minimum threat. You can’t deny that the USA permits much more questionable ingredients in our cosmetics and cleaning supplies than other first-world countries. While the jury is still out on whether they are truly dangerous, it is wise to find non-toxic alternatives.

What’s better than homemade? Not only are these recipes incredibly easy to make and affordable, but they also provide an effective clean. You won’t need to worry about the ingredients in these cleaners. 

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All-purpose Cleaner

Refuse plastic and germs with a natural cleaner for your home. Not only is this recipe non-toxic for your family (pets too), you’ll be enjoying the lovely scenes of lavender and tea tree oil.

Tea tree oil has anti-bacterial properties that make it a great cleaning aid. People have used it for centuries to help fight the common cold, treat fungal conditions, and promote wellness.

It can even use tea tree oil to create a hand sanitizer.

Many people believe lavender essential oils have antifungal properties and associate health benefits with la Many health benefits are associated with lavender oil. 

Lavender essential oil is associated with many health benefits and antifungal properties. In any case, it will give your mix a lovely scent.

Castile soap does the heavy lifting here. Plant-based and gentle, you can use castile soap for a multitude of purposes. It is incredibly safe to use. For our purpose, substitute castile soap if you are leaving out the white vinegar.

  • One teaspoon unscented liquid Castile soap
  • 10 drops tea tree oil
  • 20 drops lavender essential oil
  • 2 cups of water

Mix all the ingredients gently in a glass container or reuse a plastic spray bottle.

Use your new all-purpose spray in the kitchen with your set of reusable paper towels. The two make a perfect marriage of natural ingredients and low waste living. You can read my guide on reusable paper towels here.

Essential oils give cleaners a lovely scent

Window & Glass Cleaner

This simple recipe makes a good glass and window cleaner. All you need is some water, vinegar, or rubbing alcohol. It is as simple as putting equal parts to the main two ingredients to get a streak-free shine! Feel free to experiment with your dish soap (or Castile soap).

Distilled white vinegar is a staple in natural cleaning aids because of its low cost and effectiveness. This powerhouse is very popular in cleaner recipes. However, skip it if you have granite countertops. Vinegar’s acidity may eat away its sealant.

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup distilled white vinegar OR
  • 1 cup rubbing alcohol
  • 1/2 teaspoon dish soap or Castile soap (optional)

Recycle your newspapers for the best wipe for glass cleaning. If you don’t read the newspaper anymore, a microfiber cloth or even an old t-shirt can work. This is one easy-peasy natural household cleaner!

White vinegar makes a safe cleaning ingredient

Dusting Spray

This recipe is even more straightforward than the glass cleaner recipe. Water will provide a neutral base while the vinegar will work to disinfect surfaces. You can even skip the vinegar for this recipe. The secret sauce here is the olive oil!

Olive oil will moisturize and condition wooden surfaces beautifully. It seeps into the grains, nourishing the wood and giving it shine. When it comes to dust, oil with lift up and trap any dust for you to wipe away. Like the big dust spray brands full of chemicals, our duster will create a protective shield on the wood.

  • One cup of water
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons of olive oil
  • 10 drops of your favorite essential oil like lemon or orange (optional)

Since oil and water don’t mix well, be sure to shake before use.

Use an old rag or t-shirt for dusting. 

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How Many Unpaper Towels Do I Need?

May 9, 2020

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If you’re greening your home and are on the market for unpaper towels, you may be wondering: how many towels do I need? This is a good question to ask, so today, I’m going to go over unpaper towels, why you should switch to them, and what to consider when looking at the different sets available.

What are Unpaper Towels?

“Unpaper Towels” is the fun name given to simple cloth towels that are cut, used, and look like your regular paper towels. They can come in many different colors with rounded or sharp corners, and vary in all kinds of sizes. Some have snaps or velcro. Others include their own roll so you can still pull your towel from a roll just like you would with paper towels. This is to minimize behavioral change when making the switch.

I actually have a definitive guide to reusable paper towels over here if you really want all the info on these great zero-waste products.

Why even make the switch?

The thing about reusable towels is that they are much more eco-friendly and cost-effective. I have an entire blog article where I write about how bad paper towels are for the environment and how much you’re losing paying for them regularly. Why not lessen your overall house waste, have a safer (not toxin-laden) cleaner, and save money?

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Okay, so how many unpaper towels do I need to start?

So now you’re really serious about making the swap, but may be overwhelmed by the choices out there. I will write about all the features available such as snaps or rolls shortly. But for now, let’s focus on the question of quantity. Unpaper towels dry quickly while being just as absorbent as paper towels. So keep in mind, it’s not one wipe and it’s time for the wash. You really only need a few available at any given time. A set of 6 to 10 is a great starting point to see if that works for your family.

I also recommend having 2 sets so you can alternate between them when one needs to be washed. It’s also a nice way to have the different decor in the house. I love the idea of seasonal towels or pulling out the fancy towels for when guests come over.

But for starting out, I recommend 2 sets of 6-10 towels. You may find this is all you need, or you may find you need another set or more in a set. Don’t sweat it, these are investments that save you money in the long run. Even if you make your transition slowly, it’s a great start- pat yourself on the back!

If you love this post and are ready to find your first (or next!) set of unpaper towels, see my latest Summer Collection.