Let’s welcome guest writer Jeannette Bezinque from ecoincognito.com to the blog. She is sharing some great tips on how to be more eco friendly.
Since having my first daughter a year and a half ago, I’ve attempted to use eco friendly practices at home in order to save money. Coming from a household where disposable products reigned, this was not an easy challenge. I’ve realized that being green is easy, the tough part is going green. In order to keep my sanity, I blog about our eco-friendly household and offer encouragement and inspiration to others who would like to be more green.
My gateway into green living came in the form of cloth diapering. I was hooked as soon as I learned that using cloth diapers saves a family $2000 per child! When our second baby arrived a mere 14 months after the first, we truly hit the jackpot. There are so many adorable and modern cloth diapers, coupled with the ease of using a washing machine to launder at home that I highly recommend choosing this option as a way to boost your budget with a new baby. Once we got the hang of cloth diapering, I searched the rest of the house for areas that needed improvement.
The biggest budget boosters were in the kitchen. Concentrated, natural cleaning supplies offer a healthy alternative to the abrasive chemicals available in most stores. By cleaning with a cloth towel instead of paper or sponges, you can easily save more than a hundred dollars each year. Swapping tossable storage bags for reusable containers makes saving leftovers a cinch. Most importantly, preventing food waste is the best way to save money in the kitchen.
In general, when something is good for the environment it tends to have a positive impact on physical health and a household budget. To find inspiration for becoming more green, simply look in your trash can. Being more resourceful is a stepping stone to a fulfilling lifestyle. Whether the added savings allow you to vacation more frequently or purchase more quality goods, your whole family is sure to benefit from a sustainable adjustment!
Jeannette Bezinque writes the blog www.ecoincognito.com and is a stay at home mom to two daughters, Audrey and Hannah. Her background in the arts (theater, fashion, design, and music) is shaping the creative way she raises her girls. She keeps an eco-friendly home in an effort to save money and is adept at the art of simplifying.