– We have solar panels on our house (which helps negate the PlayStation and excessive AC use).
– We also have a brand new energy efficient AC. It’s a large open concept house, so I know our old busted AC unit was really doing damage to cool this house when it was 115 out. It broke while I was fully pregnant in August, not fun!
– Don’t use paper towels, I have cloth diapers that we use as cleaning towels
– I only wash my hair twice a week, and I haven’t dyed it in 10 years. I am pretty low maintenance and don’t use a lot of product or aerosols, just a cheap trim every few months.
– Recycle a lot, our bin is often overflowing while our garbage bin is only at about half
– Don’t drive much. Both our commutes are 6 miles but I’ve been working from home for almost 2 years now. Our cars are only 1 year old and have 6000 miles and 3000 miles on them.
– We use a meat delivery service that freeze wraps them, and it’s free range grass fed meat
– We do a lot of meal planning and prep to reduce waste, ensure leftovers are used properly and reduce the need for last minute takeout. This is something we used to be really bad at, and we’d throw away a lot of produce. But the meat delivery service and meal calendar helps, I shop every 2-3 days and only buy what perishables I need for those next few meals.
– I still use pads and tampons, I can’t make the move to the reusable menstrual items. And due to a weak pelvic floor postpartum I wear a pad or panty liner every day, as I have embarrassing bladder problems.
– Our baby uses disposable nipples for his bottles. We tried a ton of different nipple sizes and bottles, but the nipples that came with the ready to feed cans are all he would take, so I found them in bulk on Amazon. If anyone has ever dealt with colic or a picky eater before, they understand that you do what you can to survive and do not rock the boat on a product that works!!
– Which brings me to my next point.. Amazon. It’s a problem, and where we buy most of our baby items (diapers, wipes, nipples, toys). And I fall into a lot of traps with baby items that I may not need. So much packing! But, it all goes in the recycle bin.
– Baby toys/stuff. We have a lot of electronic toys, but he LOVES music toys and loves to dance and head bang to the songs. He’s a picky eater and in occupational therapy, so we’re always buying some new oral motor function item like the honey bear cup (and 5+ different kinds of cups / sippy cups cause we’re always trying to find what works).