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Our Green Accomplishments in 2011

With the birth of LA in 2010 and the use of cloth diapers I began thinking more and more about the other things in our lives we needed to change in order to make our family more green. There were a lot of changes that needed to be made. Cloth diapering was our main change in 2010 and once that was accomplished there were countless changes to be made so I thought I would start this blog and share the experience with you all. My goal with this blog was to make at least one green change each month throughout 2011. I realize I haven’t blogged about every single change as I had planned. Most of them have been shared with at least a review of a product though. It’s hard to believe I’ve been blogging for a year already! Let’s take a look at the changes we made:

1) We stopped using bottled water and began using filtered water with the Filtrete Water System.
2) We began using cloth wipes with my cloth wipes challenge to my readers. I cannot say I have used cloth wipes exclusively since then, but in 2012 I am going to work on this one.  
3) I started using reusable bags at the grocery store and even the reusable veggie/fruit bags.
4) We started purchasing and eating organic fruits and vegetables. 
5) We stopped using canned foods.
6) We started recycling every box that was delivered to our house. 
7) We increased our other recycling habits by recycling all glass, pop bottles/cans, plastic containers & paper. 
8) We started using organic/natural bath products – soaps and shampoos. 
9) We changed to organic/natural lotions. 
10) We became more aware of wasting electricity and started unplugging things that weren’t being used, turning off lights that aren’t being used (I have REALLY been able to do this at work! They leave lights on like crazy there!)
11) We changed to organic milk in July when I stopped breastfeeding LA. The price frightened me, however, I got over that when it was time to start giving my baby milk. 
12) Changed our laundry habits – no longer use fabric softener, use dryer balls, and eco-friendly detergents. 
I know we have a long way to go, but my goal with this blog is to prove that even small changes can make a difference. Every little thing that is changed will make this a better planet for our kids. I am excited to start 2012 – we have some more changes coming to our family, including the birth of our baby girl in 2012. One major thing I want to change this coming year is all of our bedding to organic. There are many other things, but that is the biggest in terms of cost. What changes did you make in 2011? What changes do you plan on making in 2012?  

Happy New Year!
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  1. Our biggest change in 2011 was switching to cloth wipes and diapers 🙂

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