Earth Day 2009

Happy Earth Day!

Every year we struggle with making Earth Day be more about changing habits and not just a one day event. Last year and this year are no different. This year I will have two 1 1/2 year old kids with me. If it's warm enough I'm hoping to let them play outside and get to know nature.

Instead of trying to make this one day special with a once a year tree planting at the park I'm going to try to make it a time to reflect on what we have done over the past year to help mother earth and what we should do over the course of the next 12 months to on continue to be good stewards of the environment.

Over the past year we have:

  • Stopped using all toxic cleaners

  • Added more organic foods to our diet

  • Choose products with little to no packaging waste

  • Focus on Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (and in that order)

  • Teach others about green living

  • Teach my kids about their impacts on the environment (both positive and negative)

  • Buy local foods and products

  • Can and preserve as much local fresh organic produce as I could

  • Buy everything used we could

  • Used cloth diapers and wipes

During the coming 12 months we plan to:

  • Plant more trees in our yard

  • Spend more time hiking and camping with the girls

  • Replace our roof with a "greener" roofing product

  • Continue to keep environmental impact at the forefront of all decision making

  • Use my clothes line all summer

  • Continue to use cloth diapers

  • Continue to remodel our home as green as possible

What are some of the new ways you are going green this year?


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