Monday, April 21, 2008

Happy Earth Day

Ok, so I think officially, tomorrow is Earth Day - but really, the last few years it has been more like Earth Week. In the past I haven't ever done anything to celebrate, but in the last few months I have really been thinking more about our world and the environment. There are certain things that I always do, that I always have done, but it is mostly because I am frugal, but a lot of them are great ways to do little things to help out our planet:

- We recycle our newspapers (Wed & Sun are all we get) and old phone books
- Kids (and myself) do not bathe every day - I truly do not believe we are that dirty!
- Bath towels are washed maybe every 2 weeks - seriously, you are clean when you use it!!
(Anybody think we are dirty and gross yet?!) :)
- Laundry is ALL washed in cold water
- Lights and water are always turned off if not actively being used
- I reuse my Zip Lock bags (Rick hates this!)
- Plastic grocery bags are my only form of garbage bags (Target's rock!)

Ok, so those are just a few things! But on the other hand, there are things that I have been doing more recently that aren't all that Earth Friendly (and maybe not as economical)

- I LOVE disposable Lysol wipes!
- I also love Scotch Brite disposable toilet bowl scrubbers!
- Paper towels (or paper "tow wow wow wows" as Tabitha calls them!)
are used way too much here! We need to work on that!

Now, the ONLY reason I started using the Lysol wipes and toilet scrubbers are because I either had coupons or rebates for them that made them FREE!! So I stocked up and I am hooked! If you'd like to try out the disposable toilet scrubbers yourself, go here for a FREE Coupon!

I have a couple of things that I am going to start implementing VERY soon to be a bit more Earth Friendly.

- My hubby is going to put in a clothesline outside! I am SO excited! I have been practically begging for one since last spring and it never happened last year so last summer he was given the deadline of Mother's Day 2008 - Better get busy Honey Buns!
- We are slowly changing out our light bulbs with energy efficient ones
- We will be planting our garden in a couple weeks - And it will be about twice the size or bigger than last year! We may even do some fruit trees this year.
- I am going to start using reusable shopping bags for my smaller trips to the store. We got one at a zoo we stopped at on our way home from Kansas, and I just filled out a little quiz for another one!
Go here to fill out the quiz and get one of your own!

And one I am now debating - Cloth Napkins. That would really cut down on our paper towel issue. I could get remnant fabrics for cheap at WalMart and make our own fun ones and save my nice white ones for nice times. Hmmm . . . . Any thoughts on that?

What are your plans for celebrating Earth Day?

P.S. The answers for the quiz above are 1-B, 2-C, 3-A, 4-C, 5-D, 6-B, 7-B, 8-D, 9-B, 10-A


Rachel H. said...

AWESOME IDEAS! I am going to link your blog to mine so people can see all your ideas, Hope that is okay! :)

Laura said...

So, I'm a friend of Rachel's, and I have an idea about the napkins. My friends family used wash clothes for napkins and it worked GREAT! They were small enough to keep at the table while eating, but heavy duty enough to take care of any messy fingers and faces!