“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step”
I could not have said it better myself!
Our green journey has definitely been one of single steps but when I look back over the past year I am absolutely amazed at how far down the green road those small steps have taken us.
Traded SUV in for smaller car (~37mpg, ~6000miles per oil change), Replaced broken washer & dryer with front loading energy star ones, Changed to phosphate-free laundry detergent, Use vinegar instead of bleach, dryer sheets, & fabric softener, hang dry most clothes (as compared to some), Compost dryer lint, Painted daughter’s room with low VOC paint, Bought organic sheets and comforter for her bed, Clean with eco-friendly, natural cleaners, Use biodegradable wipers, Switched to CA baby, Tom’s toothpaste, & Burt’s Bees lotion for the kids, Let the yellow mellow, Baking soda/vinegar combo instead of Drano,Clean with Twist cloth instead of sponges, Reuse bath water to water plants, Replaced regular TP with recycled brand (except in master bathroom), Open winds and use ceiling fans more than AC, Gather hair for composting, Replaced our Dove soap with Slab soap, Use natural face cleaner, Purchased (and use) reusable bags including produce bags, Buy organic, local grown, natural food (as much as possible), Switched from disposable napkins to cloth napkins, Recycled unbleached paper towels, Pack reusable lunches, Reusable water bottles, Compost, Grew an organic garden, Used worm-poop as fertilizer, Vinegar for clover killer,Recycle #5 plastics with Preserve, Upcycle breakfast bar wrappers with TerraCycle, Collected used tennis shoes for Nike’s Reuse-a-shoe program, Started this blog, Share my journey with everyone who will listen, Use phosphate free detergent in the dishwasher and vinegar instead of Jet Dry, Started shopping at a natural food store, Switched to Method hand soap, Read & Learn about Going Green, Solar lights outside CFL inside, Shop at consignment stores and thrift stores, Cancelled catalogs, Reusbale coffee mugs, On-line bill paying.
Wow! What a list.
I might have missed a thing or two but I think that you can see just how quickly those small steps have added up. And this was just in 1 year. Imagine what we can do in 5 years!
I hope my reflection has helped to inspire you to take a step toward a greener, healthier lifestyle.
One small step for you, one GIANT leap for Mother Earth.