Friday, July 31, 2009

Green Living

No baby news yet, still just waiting! Our A/C broke yesterday and they are here fixing it right now. They tried to put it off until Monday, I had to pull the prego card so they would do it today! So hot, 88 and 80% humidity ugggg. Not that it has anything at all to do with being green. HA

It has been awhile since I have posted anything in regards to green living. We have made some progress in some areas and not in others, but we are working on it.

Reusable grocery bags: We use them for all shopping trips, including the fabric store or the mall even.

Reusable lunch bags: On my side bar I have a lunch bag pattern I wanted to try.
However I was at Target and was perusing the $ section and found these for the girls. Can't beat the 1$ price, even if I do have all the materials to make my own.

Laundry Soap: We have switched our laundry soap to Ecos it is all natural and smells FAB.

I really want to try these dryer balls.

Dish Soap:We have switched our hand washing and dishwasher soap to: 7th Generation and we like them a lot.

Food: we are buying very little pre packaged food, we are trying to get all fresh foods.

Cleaning products: Vinegar and baking soda is what we use to clean the whole house, even the wood floor. Not only are they natural, they work great and are super cheap. I am saving a ton of money not purchasing all the cleaning products.

I found some disposable bags that you carry in your diaper bag when you need to throw away a diaper. They are green... they are actually biodegradable.

We have a veggie garden: yummy as well as better for the environment.

Light bulbs:As light bulbs die we are replacing them with CFL's except in the chandeliers because they still are not pretty enough.

I recycle every bit of cardboard and chip board from every package we bring into the house. Even fast food containers. Every baby item comes with cardboard as part of the packaging and I recycle that too no matter how small it is.

We try to buy organic and green products when ever possible as long as it is cost effective. I have an organic foundation I am using and we have been using method baby wash on Graham and now will be switching to CA baby wash for both Graham and baby girl. Now if we could just find affordable organic hair products for the girls that would be great.

Still using paper towels and paper napkins: we do use the cloth napkins I made, but paper are still used a lot around here.

Still using disposable diapers for Graham at nap and bed time. Would love to have some reusable cloth ones that are easy to use for that purpose since we are using so few and he is not soaking through everything at night anymore. Problem is they are expensive and we are on a super tight budget so we can get back to CA.

Will be using disposable diapers for baby girl: Pro- I did get the huggies pure and natural and they bio degrade. Maybe when we get back to CA I will invest the time and $$ into cloth.

Still using sandwich baggies for lunches: need to make some reusable ones

Things we want to do once we get to CA: Have a composter and compost.

Have a bigger garden and some fruit trees and a lemon tree.

I plan on making my own baby food this go round, should be fun:)

Well, these are our attempts to make a small difference, would love to hear other suggestions. I feel really good whenever we can eliminate a product with harmful chemicals from our home, I know it is so much better for everyones health.

Hopefully we will have baby news to report SOON!


OsageBluffquilter said...

Good luck on getting that AC fixed before baby girl arrives. And best wishes on a quick, healty delivery.
I've never heard of those wool ball, I will be checking those out.
I make my own laundry detergent. CHEAP. Somewhere on my blog I have the recipe. It makes 5 gallons at a time.
Take care

Landon Taylor Sanchez said...

I am obsessed with BabyGanics foaming hand sanitizer - big ones and travel size for the baby bag. It is fragrance free so it doesn't have that strong smell like Clean Well. I have the big ones all over the house - babies rooms, kitchen and living room. Also use Seventh Generation for dishwashing liquid. I love Method Dryer Sheets too (sweet water)!

Molly said...

Can't wait to see your baby!!! Hope you have a safe and healthy delivery. Love all of you green ideas!!
~Molly P

amy smart said...

OH you should SO play the pregnancy card when your AC is broken!

I loved this post. Good motivation.

Good luck with your baby!!!

FurPig said...

FYI, the dryer balls are fabulous! We picked up a set at Target and our local job lot-fabulous! My husband is a dryer sheet snob. I had switched us to Meyer's (Target), a more "natural" brand, but couldn't resist when I saw the dryer balls. My husband hasn't noticed any difference in softness and I feel less guilty for the loads that don't make it out to the line!

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