I am trying extra hard lately to make more eco friendly things a part of my life so please help me make this list longer:
The big one for me since having a baby is washable nappies. Since Mostyn was 18 days old I have been using washables and I am evangelical about them. I have collected a full stash now of mainly BumGenius v4s and a few Fuzzibunz for when I have run out of BG's and I have found them so easy to use. They are in just the same condition as they were when I bought them (he's now 18 months), and I am hoping to use them until potty training, and for any more potential kids. If we go away and I have to use disposables, I buy the eco nature baby care ones. I think the only disposable nappy I've ever used that wasn't environmentally friendly in some way was ironically, the free newborn one I got in my Bounty pack and used in the hospital after Mostyn was born.
I use Ecover and Method cleaning products, washing up liquid and handwash. I do use limited bleach as I have found the Ecover bleach not so good, and I use non-bio powder for washing my nappies as apparently you are not supposed to use Ecover for that (can't remember where I read that).
When we moved into the house we tried to buy as eco-as possible fridge, freezer and washing machine. I am trying to keep the freezer full of food so as not to waste electricity.
Limiting consumption of food & general groceries:
I don't buy kitchen roll anymore - you just get used to not having it and using a sponge. It saves on both waste and money.
I buy the huge bottles of shampoo and conditioner and wash my hair half as much as I used to.
I have never bought ready made baby meals, Moss eats what we eat.
I try really hard to use up everything in my fridge and if I have to throw stuff out I feel awful. It was a recent revelation to me that instead of throwing away salad leaves you can just put them in pasta sauces, blitz and eat.
As I mentioned in my last post, I have joined a fruit and veg co-op initiative. They aim to provide fruit and veg that is all grown within 50 miles of here, it's seasonal and very cheap. I have also joined a wholesale food co op for dry goods but I've yet to use that. We're also eating far less meat, and what meat we do buy is free range.
Buying new stuff:
I have just found out today whilst walking through town (right after buying sleep suits from Tesco :[ ) that there is a second hand children's clothes and toy shop in Chepstow! I'll definitely be buying clothes from there from now on.
If I need any home ware items (for example I need a pot to keep kitchen utensils in) I am keeping an eye out for something in the second hand/antique/junk shop instead of just buying something new.
Growing my own
I do not have a good track record of growing things to eat but I am going to give it my best shot when it gets warmer now we have a garden. This year I'll try runner beans, strawberries and maybe tomatoes if I can get them past the slugs. The previous owners left us with a selection of herbs so there is abundant sage, bay leaves, rosemary and thyme.
Is there anything else I can do? I know there are practically unlimited ways to save money and reduce consumption, but if you have any tips I haven't thought of please share what you do! One of mine is to put washing up liquid on the sponge instead of in the water when you wash up. Since I started doing this my washing up liquid bottles last forever and washing up is a lot easier. It sounds stupid on its own but if I could make 100 more tiny things like that a habitual part of my life, I'm sure it could make a big difference.