As moms, we all want to make sure our children have a bright future, whether that’s in the career path they take or the environment that they will be living in.
I never really worried much about the state of our Earth before I became a mom. Once I had kids, it was like I became passionate about environmental issues overnight.
I didn’t have time to make major changes (I was a new mom, after-all) but I did realize the very real difference you could make with small changes. Small changes add up into big things.
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Have you noticed when things get hectic it’s easy to get lax in your sustainable living goals? I know I’ve slacked off over the last few years so I took on a challenge to make several small sustainable changes.
These changes were not hard to make. We found that once we started paying attention and consciously looking for ways to live more sustainably that these were easy to stick to.
There are so many small changes that you could make. Look at the things you do each day and just choose a few things to change.
Here are the things we focused on:
Take Shorter Showers
I’m terrible about this one. My shower helps wake me up in the morning but I often lose track of time. If you struggle with this, try setting a timer. You could even turn it into a game for your kids. Tell them it’s a race to shower before the timer goes off.
Bike or walk whenever possible
Do you live in a place where you can bike or walk sometimes instead of drive? We used to live in a place that allowed us to walk nearly everywhere. Now, that isn’t always possible, especially with toddler twins, but I do try and make an effort to walk when I can. During the week I attended a work event in L.A. and I walked to the office instead of driving like I usually would. It was a great chance to get some exercise in and I loved having the chance to slow my brain down for a few minutes.
Swap paper cups for reusable ones
Are you in the habit of using paper coffee cups or plastic water bottles? It’s so easy to swap them out for reusable options. I dusted off my favorite reusable water bottle and took it with me everywhere during the week. It was at the front of my mind, and because of that, I think I ended up drinking more water.
Choose foods in renewable packaging
As a family of 8, we go through a lot of food. Along with that usually comes a lot of extra packaging. Our recycling bin is usually full each week, and it’s awesome that we are able to recycle, but I’d like to cut that back as much as we can. Shopping in the bulk aisle is a great way to cut down on packaging materials, and we do that often. Did you know many foods come in renewable packaging? Look for Tetra Pak cartons. They are primarily made from paper, which is a renewable resource.
As a bonus, they are rectangular so they stack nicely in your pantry.
International Happiness Day is coming up on March 20th and I can’t think of a better way to be happy than by improving the world around you. You can make simple renewable lifestyle changes to live happier while protecting our earth.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.