A Green Mom's Guide -Everyday Hints to Become a Granola Mom
My Journey to Granola
Over the last few years, I've gone from being a non-recycling, easier-to-buy-a-new-one, disposable-loving, gas-guzzling, water-wasting, convenience-driven consumer to a green mom, or granola. I have three children who are 6, 6, and 8. I must admit that I didn't think twice about the thousands of disposable diapers we went through. Having twins, I know the anxiety you feel with little ones. So this hub is not meant to be a guilt trip. Sometimes, we moms need to do things that aren't necessarily the best environmental choices to keep our sanity. But after I became a mom, I started thinking about my children's future and noticing all the waste we were making. I am creating this HUB in case you are looking for ideas to reduce your family's global footprint, too.
The Dining Out Hippie
This generation tends to eat out a lot more than any before. If your family is like mine, the kids are starving an hour before dinner, but then eat a few bites at the restaurant resulting in the "take home box." Take home boxes are often made of plastic (which are sometimes not conveniently recyclable) or worse-yet the infamous nonrecyclable styrofoam.
Tip 1: Have the kids split a meal - it's cheaper.
Tip 2: Bring your own containers for left-overs.
Tip 3: Bring home the disposable plastic kid cups to use at home. If left on the table, you'll add more plastic to a landfill.
Tip 4: Take home and reuse the crayons and recycle the paper kid-menus. If left on table, they will be pitched.
Tip 5: If given bread or chips, take home your left-overs for a snack later.
Tip 6:Try to find eco-friendy restaurants - ones that recycle or use recyclable take-home containers, donate their extra food to food banks or shelters, and use fresh, local or organic produce and meat.
- Another 50 Ways to Be a Green Family
Want even more tips for going green? Check out this hub!
49 Ways to Be a Green Family
- Bring reusable bags with you to the store.
- Recycle everything you can.
- Carpool as much as possible
- Donate old items to charities, garage sale or freecycle
- Have a swap party with friends for kid toys and clothes.
- Buy used and refurbished items when possible at thrift stores, garage sales, and online.
- If possible, repair instead of replace.
- Patch jeans with holes or make crop pants or shorts.
- Teach your kids to turn off the lights when they leave a room.
- Use compact fluorescent light bulbs and remember to recycle them.
- Buy local, fresh produce if possible.
- Buy organic when possible or better yet, grow your own veggies.
- Plant a tree for a birthday or anniversary.
- Use kids' coloring book pages for gift wrapping small presents.
- Try to limit trips to the grocery store.
- Turn off your computer at night.
- Try to group errands together by location.
- Limit the lawn chemicals and try using eco-friendly products.
- Air dry your clothes.
- Don't use disposable water bottles - carry a reusable stainless steel bottle.
- Reuse bread bags as sandwich bags.
- Choose a reusable lunchbox instead of paper bags.
- Use the back sides of school worksheets as printer paper.
- Unplug your appliances when you aren't using them.
- Reduce fast food meals.
- Try using diluted vinegar to kill weeds and clean glass.
- Avoid individually-wrapped food, like juice boxes, when possible.
- Use eco-friendly cleaners and soaps.
- Bike or walk to your destinations.
- Don't water the sidewalk.
- Buy the smallest car you can that will serve your families needs.
- Only print emails if absolutely necessary.
- Compost and use it for fertilizer.
- Pay your bills online.
- Cancel unused catalog subscriptions.
- Take shorter showers or shallower baths.
- Start an environment club at your children's school.
- Avoid disposable paper or plastic plates and cups whenever possible.
- Only run the dishwasher when it is full.
- Send greeting/holiday cards through email.
- Buy produce that is in-season.
- Use a toaster oven when cooking smaller portions instead of the oven.
- Caulk well and use weather stripping.
- Consider whether an items material is biodegradable before buying it.
- Eat less red meat.
- Buy concentrated products to reduce packaging.
- Can your own veggies and jellies from in-season produce.
- Use a push mower instead of a riding mower.
- Use public transportation.
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