Some of the systems we've instituted are more lovely (the baby's changing table made from sustainably-harvested, local lumber), some simply functional (the retractable indoor clothes line, the cold water setting on the wash, the storage system for her clothes). Some of our systems are extremely low-tech (a basket of slippers for guests to wear after taking off their shoes) and others have the appeal of green gadgetry (such as the worm composter and the toilet top hand-washer). As you will see from the photos of our home you don't need to buy a specially designed house or invest in solar panels to live green.
Our Style: Green Inspiration: Making green living simple with baby in tow. Favorite Element: We live on the beach! I can hear waves crashing from the baby's room and in the mornings we walk down with the baby and our two dogs so I can swim. As much as I love my home, I also love being outdoors. Biggest Challenge: For years we've thought about how to minimize our own impact, but having a baby—with all of the consumerism that goes along with it—has added to the challenge. Biggest Embarrassment: We have sand and dog hair everywhere! (See above.) Proudest DIY: Our baby! Okay, second to that, Sadhu has made a good deal of our furniture himself. Biggest Indulgence: Our Hastens organic bed. We sold half the furniture in our house to be able to afford it, but it was worth it. Best Advice: Have FUN exploring alternatives that are better for you, the earth, your neighbors, and your pocket book. Dream Source: The GreenMaker--our local green building supply. -Manda