Happy #EarthDay! What changes will you make?

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I think my awareness of taking care of the environment started out by watching the '90's TV show Clarissa Explains it All. The main character, Clarissa, always had awesome earrings and crazy bright colors to go with her outfit. One of the episodes was about recycling and reusing waste and for that episode Clarissa (played by actress, Melissa Joan Heart) wore these cool globe earrings. Sigh. Clarissa was so cool; anyways, that's really when I started taking notice of the environment and the impact I have on it. Fast forward a couple decades and insert one baby and well, you've got quite the dilemma. Now I need to think about the impact I'm making on the environment not only for myself but for my children who will (hopefully) be here longer than I will be. When my husband and I decided to use cloth diapers on our son it was purely for monetary savings. Neither one of us was thinking about the fact that we would be helping out the environment by producing less waste sitting in a landfill. Shortly after I started using cloth diapers I started to see waste, garbage if you will, differently. Suddenly I felt guilty about mindlessly throwing anything away; had using cloth diapers altered my view on waste this much? Some may argue that it didn't but let me share with you the ways that I've become greener since we made the decision to use cloth on our babies' bums: *Switched from disposable swim diapers to cloth diapers.
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*Started using environmentally friendly household cleaners like white distilled vinegar. *Stopped using tampons and switched over to a menstrual cup that can be reused. *Started using reusable shopping bags, Ziplock bags, cleaning rags and reusable Swiffer sweepers and dry jet. *Choosing to use safer, eco-friendly laundry detergent. I could go on and on but this isn't about me and the greener choices that I've made. This is about you! Think to yourself about the changes that you've made since you started using cloth diapers on your baby. Have you made any changes? If you have, tell me about them! I love being inspired by others. And for more information on Earth Day please visit this website.
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  • I’m really working on re-purposing garments and other supplies in my sewing and craft projects instead of going out and buying new fabric. I’m also saving up for a menstrual cup and trying to convince my 14 yr. old to switch to re-usable cloth. I think I’ve got her convinced to use it at night. That’s a start. ;)

    Judith Martinez on
  • I am in the process of changing to eco and baby friendly cleaning products. We are building our cloth diaper stash. I’m trying to leave a smaller print thinking about the future generations.

    marette on
  • I haven’t thought about Clarissa Explains it All in a long time. Hilarious flash back. Maybe that show made an environmental impact of me as well? I am feeling good about Earth Day this year as a new cloth diapering mama. I know I could do better with not using plastic bags. I need to purchase more reusable small wet bags.

    Alizzy Gooding on
  • Ive def started to see things differently after I had a baby and started using cloth. I use eco friendly cleaning supplies and reusable snack bags. I also really like unpaper towels. I do what I can and I hope one day I will be able to do even more eco friendly things to help set a good example for my daughter

    Sarah Hayes on
  • LOVE this post! I made the switch to mama cloth not long ago, we also use un-paper towels in the kitchen. It’s fun to find new ways to go green!!

    Angela Heffner on

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