One Small Change

For the most part, I consider our family pretty green. We try to eat organic as much as the budget allows. We use cloth diapers, cloth napkins, and hankies. When the weather allows, I dry our clothes outside on a line. We keep the thermostat low and just add a sweater or an extra pair of socks. We shop for most of our clothes at the thrift store and donate the things that we don’t use anymore. When we are in need of something I try to find it used before resorting to buying it new. Like anything, there are always ways that we could improve. I recently joined up for the One Small Change challenge. Each month from now till April we will be picking one area to focus on becoming greener. The summer before I got pregnant with the babe, I made a bunch of cloth shopping bags and we were really good at using them all the time. I even made the kids their own kid size cloth bags. They loved carrying their own load of groceries, and they always got lots of comments. Since then, I have been getting lax and though I still do use them it is not every single time we shop for something. So, January is our month to make sure that we do not use any plastic bags at all. I have my stash all ready to go and so far, so good. The hard part for me is to remember them. We have them in the van, but with getting four kids out of the car, watching them in the parking lot and just generally making sure they don’t get run over, sometimes I forget. They say it takes a month to develop a habit, so here we go. I was so good before I got pregnant, but lots of things changed very quickly and now I want to get back into the habit. I would highly encourage you to join the challenge and make one small change that can make a world of difference. Hope you all had a good weekend. We’re still not sure about the van, but it is looking like it is a much more minor problem, so fingers crossed.

gifts, green, thrift store finds • Monday, January 18th, 2010 • 12 Comments »
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12 Responses to “One Small Change”

  1. Petit Filoux says:

    Oh I know the problem! We have tons of reusable bags, yet I regularly forget to take one with me when i go to the supermarket. I’ve got a plan though, somewhere to hang a couple near the front door rather than in a cupboard in the kitchen, should hopefully help!

  2. Jen says:

    Thanks for making me aware of this. I am going to participate too. It should be a good challenge for my entire crew. Good luck with your first month!

  3. Allison says:

    Thanks for the info; I am going to check into that – it’s a good idea.

    About your thermostat comment – glad to hear my husband and I are not the only ones who do this. Our home is heated with oil and it’s very costly too. We keep the thermostat in between 59*-63* depending on whats going on, usually it sits around 60*. Every time someone comes over, we always have to hear how crazy we are that we keep it ‘so low’!

  4. Thanks for joining! I love that red bag pictured here! Good luck with your first change!!

  5. Emma says:

    Me too..I have a huge stash of re-uasable bags (although none as nice as that yummy one in your photo) and its just a case of remembering to take them with me when I go shopping.
    We’ll definitley join in!!
    Em x

  6. ginny says:

    hi jennifer …
    i have seen a few links to ‘one small change’ on other participating blogs and think it is a wonderful idea to pick one thing each month. love the cute photo of your daughter with her shopping bag!
    we have lots of fabric bags here and you may remember my Morsbags post. Morsbags are reusable bags .. the site is very good and gives patterns and instructions to make a very easy anything bag… here is the link in case any of your readers fancy making one
    good luck with your challenge x

  7. Jennifer says:

    Thanks ginny, I actually set up a Morsbag pod a couple of years ago and have handed quite a few out since then. It’s a great thing, I should have remembered to post about it.

  8. Jenny says:

    How weird I have just added a fold up bag to my everyday handbag. It does make it more bulky but I too was noticing a few plastic bags sneaking in now that I don’t take the push chair with me all the time! Good plan- I hope many more join you.

  9. Holly says:

    What a wonderful plan. I love the idea of making small changes that add up big time. Good luck with your challenge.

  10. If you put your kids in charge of making sure to remember bring the bags in the store (or tell you to “Remember the bags, Mom”, I bet you’ll always have them ready to use. Kids love to either have the responsibility or boss their parents, whichever one works for you.

  11. AG Ambroult says:

    We do that too! we have a closet full of cloth/reusable bags and yet somehow I still manage to forget them often.
    Denise–putting your kids in charge is genius!
    Good luck!

  12. Mary Beth says:

    One thing I read somewhere that was really helpful was just asking to take your groceries “naked” when you have forgotten to bring your bags. Then when you get to your van, or even when you get home for that matter, grab your bags and load everything into them (to carry them inside). I’ve done this a few times because I hate to take a plastic bag now, knowing I don’t have to. It was really funny one time at Target I forgot my bags–we had just bought bras and undies for my daughter and ended up carrying them out to the parking lot “bare.” We got a good laugh out of it and she was a good sport.

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