Global warming and the environment has become a daily topic in the media, schools and town meetings all over the world. It is important that it also be discussed in the basic foundation of the world; the family. Our homes should be like apprentice shops of how to live and function in the world around us.
The home they live in hopefully will become the first place to teach our children and families to respect and honor the precious resources of the Earth. Since this where we spend the majority of our teaching time together is in the home, it is makes sense to instill respect for all people, places and things as we go about our daily lives.
Basic Green Home Ecology
- Cut way down on use of disposable paper. Use cloth napkins (we buy packages of cotton terry washcloths when they are on sale)
- Read the ingredient list on the back on the bottles of cleaners, lotions, shampoos etc. the fewer ingredients, the better for you and for the landfill.
- Use phosphate-free detergent and if possible avoid chlorine bleach. Try vineager instead. It works great.
- Flush the toilet less often. My grandpa said the saying in the depression was “If it is brown, flush it down, if it is yellow, let it mellow.”
- Take short showers instead of long baths.
- Turn off lights when you are not in the room. We have installed dimmer switches.
- Avoid disposable items, such as disposable cameras, razors etc.
- When you do laundry, use a warm water wash and a cold rinse.
- Use natural fibers for clothes and household lines instead of permanent press and no iron materials.
There are many things we can do to assist our families in becoming responsible, caring citizens of the earth. Having a Green home and family is easy and fun to do and makes a better world.