When I thought about living a green life, the first thought that crossed my mind was ” OMG, I need to really give up so many things I have been used to.” Simple things like the kitchen sponge wipes that makes your kitchen so clean! But once you get about setting it as a target, things become easier. Trust me. It’s time we did start conserving the nature and doing things that are eco-friendly. If its good for the earth, it must be good for you too.
My move to a green living has been very gradual. Whether it is at home or outside, there are a couple of things that I follow ( okay I do cheat once in a while, especially on days when I know every bone in my body is creaking! Hey, you know being a mother to tornado twins has never been easy!)
Alright, where was I? (When I get into the mommy mode, sometimes I tend to gush about my boys like most mommies do) Yes, things to do.
Things to do to go green!
- Since I work from home, most of the times, I do require paper to jot down that fleeting idea or make the to-do lists. I used to be a huge fan of those fancy books that cost a bomb. But of recent, I stopped buying books, instead use printed paper that can be found in my house. Cut it into the required length, fasten it with a clip and you have your own jotting book. Reuse paper 🙂
- In my kitchen, I’ve done away with the tissue rolls that just seemed to vanish with one spill of water. Since my boys are growing at an alarming pace, I have lots of their clothes at my disposal. I give away the ones that are really nice and use the ones that are old and faded. Cut these into squares ( the size of a kitchen wipe) and use about 2- 4 layers, stitch it up at the ends and you have a kitchen wipe. You can also wash these wipes in the washing machine and you will be amazed at how long this can last! Reuse and recycle 🙂 Old towels make excellent wipes.
- I don’t have the green fingers, but back at home, I remember plucking vegetables from the kitchen garden in the house. My mom loved to plant vegetables and you had a fresh supply of cabbages, tomatoes and okra. So if you can have a kitchen garden grow your own veggies. They are a healthier option.
- Eat organic! It helps. If you are looking at buying some organic pulses, jams and spreads for your kitchen, then I would recommend the site Natural Mantra. Everything that they store is organic. And they have a really wide variety to choose from. <update> : The owners of Natural MAntra read this post and had a small note to add. “We have sustainable products without the toxic chemicals. Hence we have natural, eco-friendly, handmade and also organic products. ”
- And don’t use plastic! Carry cloth bags, you get lots of these at supermarkets and stores. Invest in a couple of these. Store it in your bike or car. I have at least a couple of the stored in the car, so if we are out and we need to buy something, we have the bags.
These are things that I make an attempt to follow as often as I can. Do you have a green tip?