Wednesday, December 8, 2010
I think frequently about how large our families Carbon Footprint is, as we are a family of 6. When my children were younger and less of them, it seemed rather simple to make small changes. We have grown and we continue to do some of the things that we have always done to reduce our negative impact on our precious planet. However, these things seem to go in spurts for us and some just seem to float away as if they were never apart of our daily rhythm. I came across this blog and it has haunted me since, it calls out my name several times a day. It is time that each month our family adds one small change at a time to ensure we are doing our part to lessen our impact on Mother Earth!
For the grand month of December we have decided to start small and delve deeper into using reusable bags. Delve deeper, meaning I have some of the cutest and bestest reusable bags I have found. I have made a few, inherited a few, and adopted a few other bags. Obviously our family is not lacking the tools to turn down the plastic, it must just be sheer laziness, lack of planning or remembering.
Our ultimate goal is to not use store bags at all. We are not focusing on just the Grocery Store, but including all places we would normally use plastic or paper bags to carry our goods home in. Not Target, not the Shoe Store, not the Coffee Shop, not Rite Aid, not the Fabric or Yarn Store! Okay, okay, so you get the point!
I will report back in the beginning of January to share how our first small change is going and share our January small change.
P.S. We are having a few handyman repairs done around our home. I began this post earlier in the day, therefore it was running through my thoughts pretty frequently. I was thinking a lot about what impacts we have tried to lessen and why we let some go. The handyman asked me for a paper towel. "We do not use paper towels", I answered. He looked at me with wide eyes and said, "Oh, I guess I will have to run out to my truck than." As he walked away I felt a bit of a triumph. Heck yes, we do a little bit to lessen our footprint already! Up until this point I was pretty sure the only thing we did was use cloth diapers and that really only lasts of reach kiddos first 2 years on average.
Any who, I hope that partaking in One Small Change we will have a list is long I will not want to type it out!!!
I encourage all of you to join and please feel free to share your change with me in the comments section!!! We can all encourage each other!