Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Let’s be honest.

Caring for the environment is certainly “in” right now.

And I am SO GLAD it is!

I am sure if it wasn’t so trendy I probably wouldn’t be as aware as I am about it. Mark and I have a very, very long way to go in regards to being environmentally friendly, but here are some ways we put that into action in our home…

{one}

Little bit sports cloth diapers…and they are CUTE!

Did you know…

 It takes somewhere between 250-500 years for a disposable diaper to fully decompose!

Over 92% of all single-use diapers end up in a landfill.

 It is estimated that  27.4 billion disposable diapers are consumed every year in the U.S.

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That means that {if the facts are true} in the year 2500 Elli’s diapers still wouldn’t be fully decomposed…which also means that if William Shakespeare, Isaac Newton, and George Washington wore disposable diapers back in the day…they would still be here decomposing away.

I am not super eco-friendly and don’t think that disposable diapers are an evil thing. I put so much waste into landfills each year in other ways. Mark & I found that using cloth diapers, however, was an easy and quite affordable way for us to help in the “recycling” boat. Being a stay at home mom, I have time to do laundry and line dry and deal with the work that cloth diapers take…and surprisingly I am finding it is much easier than I could have imagined!

{two}

For parties and get togethers instead of using paper, styrofoam, or plastic cups and plates we purchased resuable tableware from Preserve. We bought 3 party packs which provide us with 24 plates, dessert plates, cups, forks, spoons, and knives. Preserve products are 100% recycable, dishwasher safe, can be reused and reused for quite some time (we’ve had them over a year and anticipate not having to replace them for another 5 years), are BPA and melamine free, and are made in the USA!

{three}

The simplest way to help the environment — use reusable shopping bags! My favorite is from a fair trade company called Freeset. You can purchase an already made bag or design your own custom bag to use when shopping! Freest is a fair trade company that employs women trapped in Kolkata’s sex trade. Not only are you helping the environment while using these bags but you are also helping fight slavery. Wins all around.

{four}

Last year we spent an entire year with only one vehicle! Some days Mark would ride his bike to work. Other days he would take the car which would leave me taking walks or bike rides to the grocery store/coffee shops/etcetera. We now have 2 cars but I still take advantage of going on walks with Elli. Having her makes it a bit more difficult to do this on a regular basis, but with Kroger within walking distance, I have already taken her on a grocery trip via stroller. We also go on walks to get my coffee fix if I don’t want to make coffee at home! Every little bit counts, right?

There are other little ways that we try and help out the environment, but once again, I know we have so much more we can do. I drive an SUV and have no intention to switch to a hybrid anytime soon…we keep our receipts for practically everything for an entire year, when I know we could switch that to all being on the computer…we still enjoy reading a magazine or newspaper hot of the press…and we haven’t given up on not using toilet paper (ha!).

Q: What are some ways you reduce, reuse, or recycle? 

We would love suggestions! Hopefully next “Earth Day” we can be one step closer as a family to being mindful of what we are putting in the environment.

Have a great Tuesday, friends!

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