Lexie Link Love! The Small Changes Edition!
I really hope no one felt belittled or discouraged by my post yesterday. I do believe in making (lots of!) small changes that help both our planet and ourselves. So -- today, here's a list of links that can help you start!
A huge area where we can help the environment is in reusable products. One step at a time, you can reduce (and even eliminate) your dependence on disposable paper products. Here are some reusable products (that I personally use) that you may or may not have heard of:
- The Diva Cup - great replacement for tampons.
- Glad Rags - great replacement for pads (also available from my independent sources on etsy! But these are the ones I bought in 1995 and I've been using them since then, so I can highly recommend them!)
- Microfiber cleaning cloths can be used instead of paper towels and sponges.
- Cloth Napkins - an obvious paper towel / paper napkin replacement, but they only work if you use them!
- Handkerchiefs - we don't have enough of these to use them when we're sick, that's something I need to rectify! The ones I do have, I dyed in awesome colors, so they're really happy-making. I think I'll get a bunch more and dye them up!
- Reusable water bottles - these happen to be my current favorites (I went through a bunch before finding ones I really liked), but I know many people who won't even use BPA-free plastic. I don't really like drinking out of stainless steel, though. Glass is probably the best option and the silicone sleeves on these make it a less breakable one!
- Cloth Diapers - this is a huge category, so I linked you to an easy beginner's solution that's available on amazon. Here's some other resources to help you get started in finding a good solution for your needs: Cloth Planet. All about Cloth Diapers. Even better, you can try elimination communication! It didn't really work for us (though I did catch some pees, very randomly in the first year or so of Remy's life) but I do know people who are successful at it.
- Baby washcloths - Ok, I'm guessing you got some of these if you had a baby shower. At first, I wasn't sure what exactly they were for. (Washing the baby? Don't really need that many washcloths, do I? Plus, it isn't like newborns get that dirty, am I right?) Then I discovered that I could use them as cloth wipes. For the baby and also for the whole family. OK, really just for me. And only sometimes. Since Remy is out of diapers, it's a lot harder to keep myself into the routine of using them. Here's a thread on MDC talking about various people's experiences (bonus points if you can find my post... I can't! But I swear I responded to either that thread or the first one). Yes, I just outed myself as a HUGE hippie. I am. Thank you.
- Washcloths - I know you already have these! They're a staple. But did you know businesses can use them instead of paper towels? The first time I went to a chiropractor who had that set up I was so astonished and happy! If you are a small business owner, consider it!
What small steps do you recommend taking to help the planet?