We all want to do it -- or at least we want to try to do it. As Baby Center notes, "...for most moms and dads, hybrid minivans and solar panels are out of reach — and who has the energy to give up diapers or dishwashers?"
Their great article "20 Small Steps that Make a Big Difference" discusses green parenting and let's you know even the little stuff can make an impact.
The article divides different areas in your home and life where you can adjust little habits and benefit the environment. Here are some of the twenty tips:
Fix drips and leaks - Did you know that the steady drip of a sink can waste up to 20 gallons of water a day?Wash in cold water - Washing clothes in cold water can eliminate 500 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions a year. Make your fridge efficient - Reduce the energy usage by cleaning your coils every six months and by keeping the temperature of your fridge set between 38 and 40 degrees.Stop standby waste - Baby Center recommends you unplug all major electronics (DVD players, televisions, computers, etc.) when they're not being used.Pump up tires - If everyone in America had their tires properly inflated, we'd save about 4 million gallons of gas a day.Rethink the baby wipes - They're definitely not eco-friendly as most baby wipes take centuries to biodegrade. Switch to washcloths instead.Have a kid swap party - Don't buy more clothes or toys, host a kid swap party and swap toys and clothes with other parents.
For more details and the entire list, visit the Baby Center Web site.
What little things do you do in your daily life, to help the environment? Everything counts!