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Doing pretty good!
-We use a lot of “unpaper towels” in lieu of regular paper towels
-We make sure to keep lights off in rooms we aren’t in
-We drive fuel efficient cars
-We try to minimize our meat consumption, and when we do eat meat, 99% of the time it’s free range/grass fed
-We aim to minimize single-use plastics…reusable water pitcher, large tubs of yogurt, etc
-Wool dryer balls
-Most of our household cleaning supplies are non-toxic
-We use biodegradable dog poop bags
-In terms of clothing/shoes, we don’t necessarily always go for the most hippie dippie brands, but we make an effort to pick things that are higher quality and will last
-We live in an apartment. We have the money to buy, but haven’t yet (we plan to move in 2 years). So it’s not that we purposely picked an apartment for environmental reasons (more people can live in a smaller area/fewer building supplies, cheaper utilities, less lawn, etc compared to renting a house), but it’s a nice perk.
-We mostly use reusable grocery bags, and the plastic bags we do get are used for bathroom trashcans and scooping the cat’s litterbox.
-Our AC use. We live in the south and being too hot turns us into cranky monsters, so we keep it cold. I like to think we make up for it in the winter when we don’t use the heat much.
-Recycling. This one is rough. We live in a walk up, and we’d have to collect our recycling and bring it ourselves.
-Reusable produce bags. We have them, but I always forget them!
-We’re impulse buyers of dumb things, need to work on that
Future/past good things
-When we lived in a duplex, we did compost, and will again once we’re not several floors up
-We’re expecting our first child in December, and will cloth diaper. I’ve already scouted out a few well-reviewed disposable options that are either biodegradable or made in certified zero-waste facilities for daycare/travel.
-On the kid note, I dealt with our long TTC process by researching/bookmarking baby gear in a really intentional way to make sure that we end up with a small amount of higher-quality things that will last multiple children. I’m glad I did this, because now with the hormones, I want ALL THE THINGS but keep reminding myself of our priorities. I’d rather start very small and then buy/acquire extra things we need, versus creating a ton of waste by buying 8,000 things and only using 5 of them.
-I used to be great about reusable menstrual products, but fell off the bandwagon and justify it by going for organic/non-toxic tampons…once I’m dealing with cycles again, I need to get back with it!