A kitchen audit
Okay, we haven’t mentioned too terribly much about our efforts at going green lately. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been making changes or figuring out ways to make my home and family more eco-friendly. The biggest thing I’ve been trying to cope with is how much plastic comes through here. Have you ever thought about it? Take a look in your pantry or your kitchen. There’s a lot of plastic lurking there. I’m very lucky to be able to recycle all plastics #1-7 where I live, but lots of people don’t have that kind of curbside pickup. And even with the recycling truck coming by every week, I still find that we have a full recycling container to put out on the curb every time. Yes, I know recycling is good. But what we should really be focusing on is the reducing part, right?
If you think about it, just packing your child’s lunchbox is a plastic trap. There’s typically a juice box or pouch with a straw, little single servings of snacks and fruits, a plastic sandwich bag, plastic spoons, etc. Ugh. It was getting to me, so the easiest changes I made were to Sam’s lunchbox. We bought reusable water bottles that we fill with milk or juice now. We also send dried fruit or single servings in little reusable containers. We picked up some cheap spoons at a dollar store so I wouldn’t lose my cool if one didn’t make it home again. And so far, it’s going great. Every spoon has gotten back home and not one little container has been lost. It’s made an impression on Sam too. He gets that all those things he used to throw in the trash are gone now, and that those little changes add up.
But what else can I be doing at home? Well, for starters, I’ve been buying more bulk items. And if I can buy an item in cardboard packaging instead of plastic, then I do. I’ve also been working on greening up my cleaning and washing supplies. I am hooked on the Seventh Generation line. It’s great stuff. I picked up some microfiber cleaning cloths too and have been using them on every possible surface. I’ve realized that it’s going to take me a while to get us where I want to be, but each change gets me a step closer.