Many people have been asking me how our garbage-free lifestyle has changed since having a baby. Of course having a baby changes everything, but it doesn’t mean you have to just give up. Here’s a chart of what makes us green and what gives us the blues.
|We use cloth diapers and “natural infant hygiene”We also use wash cloths and natural wipe solution instead of disposable wipes.||-a lot more laundry due to diapers and accidents on towels, sheets, my pants etc.-dryer use|
|We have been able to get most items that we need from Craig’s List, second Hand stores or hand-me- downs from friends and family||-some times people save the original packaging and pass it on to us|
|Our garbage production hasn’t increased much, but our recycling has.||-We don’t spend as much time looking for package free goods. If we feel the baby needs something, we’re more likely to just get it in a package after looking at only a few stores.|
|We still save our bath water to flush the toilet and have also started a bucket in the kitchen that we fill when waiting for the water to heat up and we use it to water plants, rinse the sink etc.||-Due to sleep deprivation, I’ve had a lot more accidental garbage because I haven’t checked carefully enough and I always forget to ask for drinks without a straw at restaurants.|
|– When we order pizza, we order from a place that doesn’t use the little plastic holder uppers, so all we have is the box to recycle||– We order more pizza than ever before and we now often get pre-made rice milk or juice instead of making our own.|
|-now that we have a baby, we have a new life for our socks that can no longer be darned. I cut of the toes(which is usually the darned holey part:) and make little leg warmers for her.|
Rob Grand has a really great post about being a careful consumer, now that green is hip. I find it harder to be careful in my shopping now that I have a wee one. I am more susceptible to marketing ploys, as I have less space in my brain-it’s all for the baby now!