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Stefanie - posted on 09/11/2009
I breast feed, cloth diaper, make my own cleaners/laundry soap/body care products, buy organic/local grown and make all meals from scratch (no packaging to throw away), make my own baby food, walk most of the places we go, make all our bedding/clothing, and so on. I also use cloth microfiber towels instead of paper towels, cloth napkins, cloth pads/sea sponge tampons/The Keeper, and cloth wipes for the baby. Convenience items I make by hand too. I make my own butter, mustard, bread, biscuits, etc. The only think I don't make by hand is our pasta b/c I can't get it quite right yet.
We are buying no-VOC couches, sleep on natural Japanese Futons (100% cotton filled) and have plans to build our own steel framed house with soy insulation, wind/solar power, wood buring furnace, compost and floor toilets (no water used in compost toilets and 1L per flush for floor toilets), etc. We also hope to have our own garden, orchard, dairy goat/cow and chickens. My DH is going to buy a hydrogen fuel cell motorcycle and a hybrid van when they are available and we can afford to do so debt-free.
Holly - posted on 09/11/2009
LOTS of time outdoors(the more time kids spend outside, the more they want to preserve nature), our own garden, putting away our own food for the winter, shop at thrift stores and locally for gifts and other things we need, crafts with natural or recycled products, wrap gifts with old pictures, reused bags or news paper, Also, when buying gifts my family prefers things you can use up...this way there is less clutter and the importance of stuff is not so great...eat local food, visiting local farms brings kids close to the food they eat. Learning about the way things work in the natural world is an awesome way to bring awareness...volunteering for community projects...OK I could go on and on!! This is a passion of mine! I would say, to live simply and to be aware and to love others are all key!! Have fun!!
Temilyn - posted on 09/11/2009
I keep a compost pile and my almost 4 yr old loves to help with it then we grow our veggies in them. great fertilizer and waste reducer. cleaning with vinegar and lemons is good too. Plus we have a bunny and birds so they play with cereal boxes etc.. and use the bathroom on boxes and other paper products which help them break down. Plus you can turn milk jugs into sandwich containers
Pam - posted on 09/10/2009
Tupperware sandwich containers, real silverware for yogurt, etc. in lunches, recycle can in same cabinet/next to garbage can, daily job of turning off nightlights, fans, etc. while making bedroom, pick up garbage on walks, daily (almost) prayer for peace and compassion. (a peaceful planet would be very green)