Growing up, my family never recycled did things the ‘natural’ way or really worried about the environment at all. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve seen a shift in thinking take place, especially among people my own age. We want to live more green.
On a personal level, I know that there are drastic things that can be done to make less of a footprint on the world and to live a healthier lifestyle. But it’s overwhelming. There’s so much that could be done, it’s easy to just ignore it and do nothing. Instead of stressing about changing our lifestyle drastically all in one moment, or trying to look the other way, we’ve decided to just make subtle changes to our daily lives that will have an impact.
For starters, my husband has started putting it on his to-do list every day to walk around the house and turn all the lights off. For some reason when our kids wake up they take it upon themselves to to turn on every light in our home. We want to be using only the electricity we need, so he turns off the ones no one is using and opens the windows for extra light during the day.
We’ve also changed the way we do things in the kitchen so we’re spending less time running the oven and microwave while also eating more natural foods.
While a lot of the more organic foods are more expensive and currently outside of our budget we’ve found that small changes are possible and sometimes cheaper! For example instead of buying a can of beans, you can pick up dried beans for much cheaper! The packaging is lighter and the processing is less so we know that we’re making a healthier choice for ourselves and the planet while still watching our budget.
Another way we’ve found to live more green in a VERY easy way is by switching to Tom’s of Maine for our toothpaste and deodorant.
You can pick it up at Target, so it’s the simplest switch possible for us, we shop there all the time anyway. With Tom’s of Mainethere’s something for everyone in your family – Wicked Cool!™ Deodorants, Luminous White™ Toothpaste, and Men’s Naturally Dry North Woods™ Antiperspirant. Free of artificial dyes, fragrances, flavors and preservatives, Tom’s of Maine products are good for the planet and are Made to Matter® – handpicked by Target.
The luminous white toothpaste leaves our mouths feels SO CLEAN. We have really enjoyed the switch, and realizing it doesn’t have to be a huge drastic sacrifice to make sure that we’re moving in a healthier direction for our own bodies and the whole earth.
How are you working towards becoming more green in your life? If you aren’t sure yet, stop by Target to pick up some Tom’s of Maine today!