Tuesday, April 18th, 2017
Earth Day is this Saturday, April 22nd. Keeping that in mind, I thought it would be a good time to share some of the changes I’ve been trying to implement around our home. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t occasionally horrified by the amount of trash generated by our household, and I’ve slowly but surely been trying to do something about it.
Bulk barn announced recently that they would allow customers to bring containers from home to refill rather than forcing them to use bags from the store. This has been great, because it means I can purchase exactly what my containers can hold rather than guesstimating and having a bunch of little bags left over.
My husband is a bit of a candy fiend. Aside from the obvious dried bulk goods and seasonings, I’ve also started buying his gummy candies in bulk. Cuts down on all of those little packages!
The same week Bulk Barn made their announcement, my closest grocery store also announced they were going to start charging for bags. I loathe paying for bags. That little change prompted me to do a better job of keeping my reusable bags on me when I’m picking up groceries.
My cleaning supply transition has been slowly swapping over for the last two years as I used up our combined product supply. I started with using baking soda as a scouring powder instead of other cleaning chemicals. It works beautifully, especially on our glass shower door. The castile soap was added to the mix when my son was born, as I didn’t want to risk cleaning chemical residues ending up on him in the tub. It also works shockingly well, and as a bonus I can refill the container once it’s empty as Earth’s General Store in Edmonton carries it in bulk.
I haven’t used vinegar as much as I would like to yet because my husband isn’t a fan of the scent. I’m using these instructions from The Kitchn to try and add a different scent to the vinegar, to see if it helps at all. The current batch is orange rose, mostly because I had an orange and some wilting roses on hand when I had the urge to try it. I have a feeling the orange is going to overpower the rose scent, but if nothing else it’s adding a pretty tint to the mix. I think the next batch might have to be lemon eucalyptus.
Another change, which I neglected to photograph as they were in the wash, were my son’s mealtime wipes. I cut up a couple stained t-shirts into little squares that I could use to wipe him down when he finishes eating. It saves the t-shirts from the landfill, and prevents me from using disposable baby wipes on him. There’s a big stack of them beside his high chair, and they just get thrown in with the kitchen towels at the end of the week.
So that’s what’s new on our end. What small changes have you made in your life? Any good suggestions to add to the mix?