Beky Daly from wearewildthings.blogspot.com tells us why it pays to be green!
I think a lot of parents consider that being ‘green’ costs a fortune. While I’m sure it could if you follow a certain perception of ‘green’, we’re on a fairly tight budget and I consider us to be a ‘green’ family. So far we’ve actually saved money by being green, here’s a few ways how.
We did breastfeeding. When Kit was born until he was 16 months old I was lucky enough to be able to breastfeed him. I’m an advocate for breastfeeding not only for the benefits to you and your baby, but also for the environment and your wallet. We avoided the expense of formula (I really feel the expense of feeding now my son eats everything in sight!).
We’re cloth-bottomed. Well Kit is, generally, cloth-bottomed (although we do use eco-nappies from time to time). I was lucky enough to get the majority of his nappies from kind people on freecycle and through a local reusable nappy incentive scheme, lots of councils do these. I have saved a fortune in buying nappies and even though I have to do an extra wash or two I feel that costs less than what I might have spent on nappies (especially as I only need to wash them at 40?C). I’m actually considering taking the step myself to use a ‘mooncup’ rather than tampons, but I’ll be honest I’m still not sure.
We shop in charity shops and second-hand stores. Buying second-hand clothes for a growing toddler (and barely worn clothes for myself too) just seems more sensible than forking out full-price for something that will only get worn for a short time. We clean up toys and books too (we got a small box of lego the other day for 30p!). Saving money, helping charity, and saving items from landfill!
We grow-our-own. Actually, this year we grew seedlings, gave them to others and now we steal the produce back! (We don’t have a suitable garden to grow much – although we have successfully grown camomile for a pot for tea). I have our name down for an allotment and really look forward to the chance to teach Kit how to grow his own food, and that he’ll learn where his food comes from. He loves fruit and veg at the moment and I believe engaging children in growing their food engages them in enjoying eating it.
We enjoy nature for free. For days out we are lucky enough to live near some great country parks and can get a train or bus to free city farms. We can have a day out for free whilst Kit learns about nature and I get lots of exercise running after him so I don’t need to spend money at the gym!
Being green doesn’t have to cost the earth!
What do you do to be green?