I love the fact that it’s not just Earth Day anymore. It’s now Earth Week. Even in Sunday school last week, the focus was on the environment. It was the least Christian focused Sunday school I’ve ever seen. We watched part of The Lorax and planted seeds and talked about things we do that are wasteful, as well as what we can do to help save resources.
The wee ones had a ton of great ideas. They love having mystery night for dinner, which is where I pull out all the leftovers and random food that’s sitting in the fridge and they eat whatever they want – which means that it doesn’t go to waste. And we often buy their clothes from resale shops or consignment sales where you can not only get great deals on like-new clothing (much still with the tags on by us) but also reduce the impact on the environment for clothing that doesn’t need to be grown, made, created, shipped, etc. Add that to the line drying we do on a daily basis instead of using our clothes dryer (although I now have official drying racks). And it seems like we reuse every scrap of paper that comes into our house. Even having a whiteboard to help with homework instead of using more paper helps.
I don’t clean with chemicals. We wash clothes in cold water. We carpool where we can. We have reusable containers and lunchbags rather than having trash after school lunches. We use the library a TON instead of buying every new book. We keep the house cooler in the winter and warmer in the summer, plus we have the adjustable thermostat so it changes temperature allowance during the day or night when we’re less likely to care if it’s too warm or too cold.
There are so many little eco-friendly tips out there, and this week’s #VlogMom prompt from Julie at Julieverse asks for something fun from us. But I want your tips, too. What else can I do?