Monday, 5 July 2010
Taking some baby steps ...
We try to live lightly on this earth but we are a long way from perfect, the fact that we fly long haul will attest to this! But I think we have come a long way and take for normal what other people would see as, well not abnormal but more effort than they are perhaps willing to put in - does that make sense?
Whilst visiting a variety of blogs I like seeing what other people are doing in their efforts to be greener (not that I really like that word but I think you all know what I mean by it). Some people seem so far down the road that I think I could never catch up. But it's not really a race is it? In my opinion it's about doing what you can, when you can and fitting it into every day family life. I know that something that doesn't fit into the rhythm of our day won't last for long. We tend to have spurts of improvement and then reach a plateau doing all those 'normal' things until I read or see something and then I get motivated all over again to make some more changes. I'm always fascinated by those things that people find easy to do without/find an alternative for and those people struggle with - they are all so different, something I find easy and normal is difficult for another family.
I have been reducing our exposure to chemicals for many years and this took a huge step forward when we had children. I periodically go through the house trying to reduce our chemical footprint but then some do slip back in and some I have never tried to substitute before. I have two products which I don't like having in the house and I don't let my children anywhere near due to their toxicity, and that is dishwash powder and washing powder. I've just realised, as I've typed that, how weird it sounds:
"I don't let my children anywhere near them"
I use one to wash our dishes, which my children eat off,
I use one to wash our clothes in, which the children wear each day.
Doesn't quite add up eh?!
So inspiration has come from blogland once again. I have seen various recipes for household cleaners over the years but this one from ecoMILF caught my eye last Friday and on Saturday I went and bought the ingredients. It's nice to know someone's using it and likes using it so I thought I would give it a go. It will also be interesting to see how much it costs as that is a factor for us. However, even if it does cost a little more but we're reducing chemical consumption then that has to count. Of course I've also got to make it!!!
So, on the shopping list were bicarb of soda, washing soda, borax and Dr Bronner bars of soap. I made a substitution - the Dr Bronner soap was $8.49 each and the ecoSTORE were $3.50 each. I guess they'll do the same thing - we'll have to wait and see.
The other item in the photo is my knitted dishcloth, which I made over a year ago and haven't used yet!! I was so pleased with it that I didn't want to get it dirty - pretty silly really as that's why I made it. But now that I am a knitter (in the loosest sense of the term) I have decided to use it and make some more! And I also want to make some scouring clothese which I have seen recently over here, via Norwoods Walkabout (who by chance is making her own deodorant which I will have try later), and here.
So I have decided that for the month of July I am going to try and take some baby steps on my journey towards living lightly, or at least a little lighter
AND I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO ASK FOR YOUR HELP ......
As I mentioned earlier, each person and family is unique and each do things in different ways so I would love to know what you do to make your environment less toxic, to reduce your waste, to live lighter? It might just take a different slant on the same issue to make me see that it is something I could incorporate into my daily life. Maybe you have already posted about some issue and could leave a link in the comments, maybe you too are incorporating some new changes to your life - I would love to know how you get on.
I'll post again once I've made the products and costed them out and then again once we're using them - I have to say I am very excited by it all!!! x