Moving into the "green" mindset has been a choice of my family being healthier and our habits being more budget-friendly. I know a lot of people feel like it's "jumping on the bandwagon" or it's just "a fad", but really, it's just like anything else. There are pros and cons of the changes. I also firmly believe in helping to sustain this amazing world that God blessed us with and placed us on to take care of and be good stewards of.
He calls us to do so. (Genesis 1:28, Genesis 2:15)
Moving on from the soapbox....I wanted to share some of my favorite "green" items we've been using around our home lately.
(Six of these are made from just one recycled 12 oz. plastic bottle, the soap in them is biodegradable and phosphorus free, they clean pots and pans without any hard scrubbing, and they don't scratch the surface of my pots and pans at all. Love them.)
(Cleans germs botanically instead of with nasty chemicals that I can't pronounce. Odds are if I can't pronounce what's in it...I don't want it in my home. Love how this stuff suds up!)
(I can use this on the same counter surface I make a sandwich on. Cleans botanically just like the bathroom cleaner. It's a multi-surface spray and replaces the other nasty chemical-ridden options at the stores. Be prepared for a different smell--it is natural and not induced with chemicals to smelly perfectly lovely--but I have gotten so used to the natural plant smell, I love it.)
(We found these at a local store that sells all things green. These gallon-size bags keep fruits and veggies so fresh, plus they are reusable! Just wash them with a little soap and water and turn them upside down to dry.)
(Also found these at our local green store. Oh my goodness. They're amazing! I have cut down on the number of paper towel rolls I buy tremendously. You just wet the cloth and use it as a paper towel. So absorbent, fights tough stains, and is completely reusable. I have used the same one for months now since the cool little cloths are top-rack dishwasher safe.)
*You can find all these products on Amazon by clicking the link I have included with the names. However, I do recommended buying the Seventh Generation at your local Target. Use a Target coupon they often have on their website and a manufacturer's coupon you can usually find as a print-out online, and you get a great deal on these eco-friendly products. They're not bad for the budget at all...even if you don't have a coupon.
So what "green" options are you enjoying in your home? How has it helped your budget or made you feel more at peace with what your family is being exposed to?