Thursday, August 14, 2008

Joining Thrifty Green Thursday at the Green Baby Guide

Well, before I jump in and participate in this, I should probably preface this by saying I'm not someone who is all that anxiously engaged in going green. I see the value in doing it, but my interest stems from several fronts, and green is, to be honest, not the highest by far. For instance, I cloth diaper because, first, I became intensely curious about it. When I become curious about something, I typically take it all the way because that's the way I am (ask Oliver and I'm sure he'll tell you how crazy I make him with all the questions). I kept doing it because it was saving us money, and then after I got over the hump where I had to figure out what worked and what didn't, and how to wash the darn things, I kept doing it because it was healthier for Oscar and it started to be pretty fun. I feel good about not putting more plastic in landfills, but if it were only about being green, I wouldn't have ever done it. That said, I do occasionally search out green sites because they have some seriously interesting and useful stuff on them. I found the Green Baby Guide when looking for some pocket diaper information, and I've been reading it ever since. We've made homemade strawberry/spinach popsicles and discovered that white vinegar works great as a rinse aid in the dishwasher (and that stuff is cheap!) since reading it. So, I'm participating in this as a way to send some other people there for some great reading material. One of my other inadvertently green uses is cleaning rags. I've never in my life bought disposable cleaning cloths. When I got married five years ago, we went to the store and bought a big pack of washcloths for a couple bucks at Walmart. We use them in all kinds of ways. Those washcloths have cleaned up food spills (not on the counters, though - we have another set just for food prep and dishes), scrubbed stains in the carpet, and survived potty training. A few have been tossed after particularly disgusting uses, but most of them are still being used. We've thrown a few more on the pile as our kitchen ones needed to be replaced, but that's it. Those couple of dollars are still working hard. Although we do use paper towels on occasion, we rarely have to buy them because they last so long. This is where the above disclaimer comes in - I did this mainly because it's a whole lot cheaper than buying cloths just to throw them away, but I appreciate that we are not filling landfills in our quest to be clean around the house. I've started to experiment with some simpler cleaning solutions, too, in an effort to get away from using some of the harsh chemicals that are not only polluting our waterways, but also aren't great for us from a health standpoint. Maybe I'll write about that later, maybe not. So there you have it, our family's contribution to the planet.

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Rebecca said...

Thanks for the compliments, and thanks for participating in the Thrifty Green Thursday carnival at the Green Baby Guide!

I think a lot of people's "green" actions are motivated by something other than saving the planet. It's great to have you as a part of Thrifty Green Thursday because others will see that cloth diapering and using wash cloths instead of paper towels is not reserved for avid treehugging hippies!

Joy said...

I agree that oftentimes green choices have huge secondary benefits that may seem more immediately practical than saving the planet. For our family saving money and time are key. I love that your tip does both. We'd much rather do a little extra laundry than have to run to the store for paper towels. Thanks for the tip!

Cathy said...

I need to give up my addiction to paper towels and Clorox wipes and help the environment by getting some wash cloths.

Kellie said...

We got about 8 kabillion of those little baby washcloths when my son was born 3 years ago. They have come to replace paper towels in our house and I don't even give it a second thought any more. Great post!