It's Easy Being a Green Mama


Getting Started as a Green Mama
March 23, 2012, 1:21 am
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The instant I held my newborn baby, I fell head over heels in love.  I promised to take care her of her the best I could.   I wanted to give her a beautiful life, and to pass her a world that was at least as beautiful a place as I had.  Long before she was born, while I dreamed about being a mother, I knew there were values I wanted to pass on. I wanted to give my children a sense of responsibility, while creating for them a pure and happy environment to grow up in.  In short, I wanted to be a green mama: both earth-friendly and frugal.  Conservative in its truest sense.  I am doing my part to preserve the earth for her, and doing it on a budget.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been environmentally minded.   As I’ve gotten older, I’ve developed more of my sense of thrift, mostly through my husband.  In a way, we’re both thinking long-term, planning for the future.  In the beginning, these two values seemed like a clash, but in truth it’s just the opposite.  It’s a great partnership, and works together very well.   We’ve long been in the habit of turning off all the lights and appliances, anything that uses power, when it’s not needed.  We carpooled to work, and biked everywhere we could.   We started our own garden and composted.  We bought in bulk, and made our own individual servings.  I even went meatless; my husband still eats meat on occasion, but only organic when he does eat it. We eat locally and sustainably whenever possible, buying fresh food at farmers’ markets and farm stands.  We try to use pure and simple products to clean our house and ourselves, and we make a lot of things ourselves.

        We did a lot of research into green parenting in preparation of the arrival of our daughter.  When she was born, she became a part of our commitment to live green.    It may be a little unusual, but she doesn’t know any other life.  She wears cloth diapers and eats home-made baby food.    She is proof that a life lived green can be awesome!

 In this blog, I plan to explore parenting that’s easy on both the wallet and the planet.  In my time as a mother, I have found out a lot of great things that have worked for our family.

Green mamas:

  • Reuse, reduce, and recycle!
  • Eat real food, and love it.
  • Try to think about what’s best for everyone, not what is the easiest right now.
  • Can do it themselves.
  • Create a great life for their families.