Environmental consciousness is a top priority for me, which is why I’ve been working hard to incorporate it as much as possible into my professional life. I write an eco-craft column, am partnered with (alternative fiber pioneers) Southwest Trading Company to create my own line of hemp, soy, organic cotton and bamboo yarns and, am co-writing a book on “green” knitting & crochet. In my personal life though, I find that I have to work even harder at reducing my family’s carbon footprint on our earth. Ironically, the demands of a career focusing more and more on sustainability, makes some of the conveniences that ultimately do the most damage to our world harder to give up. It’s all a work in progress, I suppose.
I thought I’d take this Earth Day opportunity to exchange information about different ways households across the nation (and beyond?) are beginning to do our parts towards living a bit more consciously. Here are a few of ours:
1. Replacing all of our regular lights with compact fluorescent bulbs.
2. Being vegetarians.
3. Rinsing out and recycling all cans, bottles and plastic containers.
4. Using a filtered water pitcher to replace the 36+ plastic bottles a week, we used to go through.
5. Bringing reusable shopping bags with us to the grocery store.
6. Washing almost all of our clothing in cold water.
7. Instead of disposable juice boxes for the kids, we’ve recently opted for “litter free”(aka reusable) juice containers.
8. Choosing organically grown food options, whenever possible.
9. Supplementing our wardrobes with “thrifted” clothing.
10. Finding responsible recycle locations for environmentally sensitive electronic equipment.
This obviously isn’t enough, but it’s a start. In hopes of slowly doing more, I’ve love to hear what it is that you’re doing to live greener. Post now (even if it’s only one thing–baby steps, still count!) and not only will we all benefit from info swapping, you’ll also be entered into a drawing to win a year-long subscription to the fantastic, healthy parenting magazine, KIWI!