Blogging Baby Center: 20 Green Parenting Steps

Blogging Baby Center: 20 Green Parenting Steps

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Alejandra Valera
Jul 25, 2007

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.

posted originally from: AT:Nursery

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!

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