February 27, 2010

Going Green...Where Do I Start?



You can Google "going green where to start" or anything like that and you'll find tons of great ideas for getting started... but here are the first few ways I'm starting to switch over and my "next steps" to keep going green.

1. Using reusable grocery bags - I found that I forget to take these with me unless I keep them somewhere I'll see them often, so I keep them down under my kitchen sink or in my car between the seats (not in the trunk, since I don't get into the trunk before going into the store, and I'll forget them until I'm in the check out lane).  This seems like such a common way to go green that you hear everywhere... but since I've started doing it the habit is easier to keep because I can carry so much more in these bags, and on my shoulder... it's actually better for me and for the environment... cool!

2. Change light bulbs to energy saving light bulbs - I saved up all the extra dollars I was saving in coupons and sales in our grocery budget and bought two packs of CFL bulbs at Sams for $11/8pk.

3. Buy the "Top Foods" organic (as much as possible) - I'm all about buying sales... planning meals and grocery lists around weekly sales.  Here is a list of the top foods that I try to buy organic:

  1. Milk
  2. Peanut Butter
  3. Apples
  4. Bell Peppers
  5. Grapes
  6. Spinach/Lettuce
  7. Carrots
  8. Yogurt
4. Recycle all papers, plastics, and cardboards.

5. Use a dry-erase board, save a little paper - I keep two on my refrigerator, one is a calendar and the other is for notes to family, important numbers and my grocery list that I add to daily. Do not use this as your only calendar for important dates and times, one brush of the back or shoulder and half of your month can be wiped away!  Or just be sure that you place it strategically on your fridge out of the way of traffic.


My Next Steps:
  • Recycled toilet paper (pricing and researching a bit more right now)
  • Slowly replacing all baby products: lotions, washes, diaper creams, wipes, diapers, etc.
  • Then all of our shampoos, lotions, sunscreens, soaps, etc.
  • Cleaning with all non-toxic products (either homemade or store bought)
  • Create a more sophisticated recycling "center" in our home
  • Begin composting
  • Start a garden

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