i do not consider our family "green" by any means, but i have always been a little conscious of the earth and the things we are doing to it. when we moved back to columbus, i joined a great moms group who introduced me to a few easy changes to make our lives a little greener. the bonus to almost all of these things, is that in addition to helping save the planet, they also save you money! woot!
the biggest change was cloth diapers. with carter, using cloth diapers did not even enter my mind. cloth diapers to me were pins and plastic pants and dealing with the stuff that goes into diapers (eeeeewww!). but as i quickly learned, a good number of my new mommy friends were using cloth diapers, and (gasp!) they were WAY cooler than the cloth diapers of ole. without going too much into the whole cloth diaper tangent, let me summarize by saying they are super easy to use, super convenient, and let's face it, super cute! here is a picture of holden wearing his first cloth diaper (look how skinny he was!)
i had to do some talking in order to convince my husband to give cloth diapers a try (and the convincing is ongoing because, well, my husband is weird and thinks kids can't roll over or crawl with a cloth diaper because they are bulkier than disposables, but i digress...). anyways, so it shocked me when he suggested that we switch to cloth instead of paper towels. suddenly, our roles were reversed. i pretty much wanted nothing to do with cloth paper towels, or un-paper towels if you will. however, we was willing to give cloth diapers a shot, so i thought i should give his idea of the un-paper towels a shot. i searched our linen closet and found these, which we have been using for a few months now.
like i said, these have been working great, but let's face it, they are hideous. so i ventured out on black friday to joann's because they had flannel for $1.29/yd and it seemed the perfect opportunity to make some cuter ones. fast forward to today, and i have finally finished them (ok, so it's 3 1/2 months later, but better late than never right?). so here are our new and improved un-paper towels
this is a journey that we've just started on and i am anxious to explore more ways to not only help the environment, but also help our wallet. turns out, kermit was wrong, because (at least for some things) it IS easy being green!
what are some of your favorite "green" things you incorporate into your lives?