I had an interesting discussion the other night at work that really got me thinking, then I came home and talked about it with Kevin and chatted it over with some mamas in an online group. This had me doing some serious soul (and pantry) searching, so I thought I would share.
Are you as crunchy as you think you are?
For those with kids... and are you more crunchy since you had kids?
And... Are you as green as you would like to be?
If you had to guess... what % of the following is "green", organic,
natural, etc. Has this changed since you had children? (Of course the
baby part will have changed, but the others?)
1. Your food. (home grown, organic and farmer's market type stuff) 2. Your home and car. (solar powered, hybrid, etc) 3. Your clothes/shoes. (Organic, home made) 4. Your baby. (EBF, cloth diaper, natural soaps, lotions and creams, clothes/shoes etc.) 5. Everything else... Cleaning products, beauty products, hair stuff, detergents, soaps, lotions 6. Do you recycle? Repurpose items?
have to admit that I really thought DH and I were doing really great in
our effort to be more "green"... however after some reflection, I
realized that we aren't quite as good of a job as I thought we were.
1. 30% we buy a lot of fresh fruits and veggies
at the farmer's market, but when I opened the pantry to check it out,
we had a TON of processed, boxed, packaged foods (mostly pasta, rice,
cake mixes, etc) in there. I'm planning to finish what is in there (I
HATE wasting food) but make an effort to buy less packaged junk. I also
have not made the switch to all organic, grass fed meats yet, mostly
because of price. This is something I keep saying I need to just DO,
but when I get to the grocery store and see that the good stuff costs 3x
as much, I go back to the cheap stuff. I'm disappointed here. I
really thought we were doing better.
5% Our home is a typical home, nothing green about it. I gave myself
5% for having a pellet stove that we use for heat, but that's it. I
drive a gas guzzling SUV so I could probably take away that 5% but it
makes me feel better, lol.
0% I have maybe 1 or 2 organic/home made items (like scarves)... but
not enough to even make a dent. This has not been a priority to me, nor
will it ever be I think. Although I do buy a ton of stuff at garage
sales or consignment... so maybe I could be generous and give myself 5%
75% Kennedy is much crunchier that I am. She was EBF until we
started solids, still BF (never any formula). Her solids are probably
75% organic or natural since I shy away from giving her the boxed crap
that I have no problem eating. She is cloth diapered and all of her
lotions, soaps, etc are natural/organic. The only area that we are not
all organic/natural are her clothes. She has a few organic and a few
home made items, but not nearly enough to count for anything.
20% In the last 6 months, I have made a big effort to switch over our
cleaning products. I switched to Method first, but now I am making
most of them myself. I made my own detergent and cleaning solution, I
use baking soda and apple cider vinegar for most things. BUT... my
soaps, lotions, hair stuff, etc is all store bought (and usually
whatever is on sale). My next project is to work on making my own
beauty products. Makeup is Target stuff, I don't think I will ever
switch to organic, unless is comes down in price.
50% We do recycle, but not nearly as much as we should. Maybe 40% on
the recycling. We do repurpose often, I am constantly saving bags and
boxes and bottles to use for other things. My favorite is the windex
bottles that you push down on to make the cleaner pop up (I have to
admit I bought this JUST to repurpose the bottle)... I rinsed it out
very very good and now use it for my home made cloth wipe solution. It
So... overall that would give us a 30%. While we are not anywhere near as green as I would like us to be, I am happy with the changes we have made over the past year or so in our effort to live a healthier life and leave a smaller footprint. This exercise also helped me to find areas to focus on over the next year so we can continue to make better decisions and positive changes.