Instead of continuing to harm our vulnerable ecosystem, either out of a belief that our acts have a very limited impact, or because we lack of ethical self-constraint, I personally think that it is high time we saved our planet through responsible and thoughtful actions.
What to buy: It’s an endless subject, as we make purchases on a daily basis.
With a bit of information, we can alter the little things we do every day – things that make a big difference when it comes to protecting our planet. And these are few things I want to share with you.
• We use a lot of baby wipes for the kids, now it has been changed to flushable baby wipes, found it, got it, love it. I remember a long time ago, when I was in school it was a must to have cloth handkerchiefs, and so will be with my kids.
• Lunch boxes instead of sandwich plastic bags, foil and wax paper.
• Stainless steel water bottle instead of disposable plastic bottles.
• Reusable ice-pop molds: The kids love it. They make their own ice cream.
• Reusable coffee mugs instead of disposable cups.
• I got rechargeable batteries, but still will be using electricity. I came up with an even better idea: I purchased a new solar bag, where I can charge batteries, PSP games, phones and cameras. Thank god we are a country blessed with the sun — why don’t I take advantage of it?
• Elimination of seven chemical housecleaning products: We got natural versions of kitchen, bath and glass cleaner ; a lemon cream cleaner for stains; toilet cleaner; and anti-bacterial cleaner for all surfaces.
• Switching to organic food made me really happy: lettuce, cherry tomatoes and red pepper make for a nice, healthy salad.
• Since I have been blessed with two boys, most often I have been using the same clothes for both of them. Before, I felt bad for Hasan for not having as many new clothes as Ali, but now I know what I am doing is right. And why not, since they are in good shape. Most of the clothes are name brands, so it’s actually a very good way to invest my money (LOL). So why don’t I reuse them as much as I can.
• I was so pleased to purchase a compost bin. It is a simple way of turning my kitchen waste into an organic compost soil conditioner. Amazing, can’t wait. I am sure my kids will love it.
• We rely on sunlight as much as possible for lighting the house. Bought some nice solar LED lanterns and decorative solar LED stone, which I was thinking would make a lovely gift.
• Giving up disposable plastic bottles is not an easy thing to do. It’s been our source of drinking and cooking water for a long time. I managed to get a refillable water dispenser at home. We are actually planning to have another solution, as we need to have a big filter to be able to use a clear tap water. I know that paying for single use water bottles costs us up to five times as much as drinking from the tap.
• Best of all, I got the kids to use their three garbage containers for recycling paper, cardboard and plastic, plus the food compost bin, which I am sure they will go crazy about it.