What is the one thing that everyone seems to be able to agree on these days? It would be better for our planet and human civilization if we all started to live a greener life. But you might be asking yourself: What exactly is a “greener” life? Or I understand it is better for the environment but is it going to be more expensive to live that way? Here are 5 ways that you can live a greener life style without breaking the bank!
Cloth diapering: Cloth diapering has gained a lot of popularity recently because of it’s abllity to reduce the amount of waste that is placed in dumps across the country. Some parents are for it, and some feel that it is more difficult and actually more of a strain on the pocket book, due to the high “start up costs”. I personally take a different view. My husband and I went round and round about cloth diapering and then, right before my son turned a year old, we decided to try it. I went on EBay and found a pack of 10 cloth diapers for 50.00, a month of disposables would cost me this much! I have to honestly say, it’s been working. Are there difficult parts, yes. But everything worth doing has something challenging!
Grow your own food: Growing your own food can be a fun adventure. Especially if you have children. It is also a “green idea” because it helps make the family more self sufficient and self sustaining, there by reducing the families carbon foot print. It may seem like it would cost a lot, but if you go to the grocery store you are going to spend about 3.99 for a pack of 3 green peppers, (more if they are not in season) if you grow your own, you are going to spend about 2.00 for a pack of 30 seeds which will produce a good number of peppers.
Turn off the lights when you leave a room: This one is very easy and will actually end up costing you considerably less in the long run. Even though I am trying to live a greener life style this has always been a hard one for me. I just can’t seem to remember, Until I taught my four year old! He has a blast going around the house and shutting off the lights! Sometimes before you leave a room!
Take a shorter shower: This is another area that I struggle with, as the mother of a 4 and a 1 year old when I am in the shower is often the only time that I have for some time to myself. I guess I am going to have to work on this one too.
Make your own laundry soap: This one sounds difficult and time consuming. Maybe even a little expensive if you are taking in to consideration all of the necessary ingredients. But I discovered that these items can be purchased quite cheaply on Amazon or EBay. As far as time constraints, it will most likely take you the same amount of time to make as it would to get in the car, run to the store, pick the soap you want, drive back home and put it in your washer. Just remember it is all about perspective!!
Living a greener life can definitely be a challenge, you have to do a lot of thinking, and in some cases there is cost involved. But hopefully with these tips you will be on your way to a more planet friendly life in no time!