Thursday, May 8, 2008

Going Green

I wanted to post on our efforts to help our environment and our wallets. Bill and I started recycling over a year ago and continue to do so. In addition to that we replaced all the light bulbs in the house to CFLs. I really like them, they are a lot bright too. We have had to replace our washer and dryer and got a front loader. We can definitely tell a difference there, we do way more laundry now with Meredith than ever and our water bill has either stayed the same and even gone down a little bit in some months. On the water note, we have a Pur filter on the faucet and fill up Nalgene bottles daily. I have used a Nalgene since graduate school, but that was because I like water and I have never believed in paying for bottled water. Why pay for something you already get?

I have become addicted to reading anything about going green. We only buy baby food in jars so that it can be recycled (Gerber needs to get with the program). Now we are "making" our own food for Meredith. What I mean by making is using the food processor to finely chop fruits, veggies, and meats for her to eat. This is definitely helping the wallet. On the baby note, I have decided that I will use cloth diapers for the next baby. If we do that we will eliminate one bag of trash at least. We didn't do it with Meredith because she came early and I didn't fell educated enough on what was out there and how to do it.

Now we are even going as far as considering starting a compost pile. Not to have the compost necessarily, but because it just seems so wasteful to put food scraps in the garbage. I never in a million years thought I would be the one doing all these things for the environment, but it just seems crazy not to and it has not put any burdens on us. No more plastic bags, no bottled water, recycle everything you can, use cloth napkins, everything you can reuse, do so. That is the way we role in our house.

Please let me know if you are doing things to go green because I like learning new things.


Amanda L said...

You have a blog. Hooray!!!

Heather said...

Welcome to the blogosphere!