Thursday, August 12, 2010

Less Impact Mommy

 You all know that I am trying a little at a time to make my family a bit greener.

Here is what we have done so far since July 20th:

  • use reusable shopping bags
  • switched to cloth diapers for our 20 month old son
  • make my own laundry soap
  • use only natural cleansers in the home; baking soda, vingar, peroxide...
  • trying to recycle if I can only find where to take it (still working on this)
  • purchased reusable sandwich and snack baggies to replace plastic bags
  • use cloth napkins instead of paper napkins
Its a start. I am pretty happy with where we are at in such a short while.  A little bit at a time so we don't get overwhelmed works for me.

However, after watching "No Impact Man" yesterday, I began to wonder just how far am I willing to go.  Colin Beavan is the "No Impact Man".  The project included Beavan, his wife and young daughter.  Its a great documentary and I really suggest you watch it.  They live in New York City in an apartment.  They went through different phases during this project.

Basically they started with reducing their waste to no trash at all.  Started a vegetarian diet.  Shopping at their local farmers' market.  Only eating foods that was grown from the local area. The project also went to the extreme.  No toilet paper. Yup.  Think of how many trees are cut down to make toilet paper.  How dedicated are you?  No power. They turned their power off at the 6 month mark and lived on daylight and candle.  They used a solar power generator that mainly powered his laptop for his blog.

With such a change in lifestyle there were arguments and stress.  Kuddos to Beavan and his family for going through this.  His reason for the project was not to get everyone to go to such extremes but to think about what they can that actually works for their family.

I am not going without toilet paper.  But maybe I can find a better brand to use.  I really enjoy my electricity, but I will try to use less.  I would love to shop at a local farmers' market but the closest one is 50 miles away.  Defeats the purpose to save fuel.   Oh... that's the other thing.  They stopped taking fueled powered vehicles.  No subways, taxis, etc.  They rode bikes with their daughter in cart behind them.  I can do that.  I need to find a bike.  But I can at least ride to the college for my class.  I can get a seat for my son and drop him off at the sitter's house.  Plus, my kids are always wanting us to ride bikes with them.  And it will be great exercise.

I will say this.  Those who live in larger cities where you have many things in walking distance... take advantage of it.  In rural areas where everything is spread out there is a lot of driving.  I find it kind of ironic that the big cities have these awesome farmers' markets.  Everything in one place.  Here in the small towns people set up road side stands.  Its kind of hit and miss to find what you need or know who has what.  I would love to eat more organic and local foods.  During the summer its easy because friends have gardens but once fall comes around you are stuck with what the local grocer or Walmart has in stock.

Anyway, it all comes down to this.  The movie got me thinking... that was the goal.  What else can I do?  Can I pass it on to others?  Inspire others to be greener?  I doubt I can ever go No Impact.  I don't totally agree that Beavan was No Impact.  He has had a huge impact on the environment in my opinion.  Just this time its in a good way.

How far would you be willing to go?


  1. Thanks for linking up!
    Melissa and I met in Nursing School- although I later switched majors. Keep it up! It's worth it!
    Tiffany @ HGF

  2. Thank you so much for stopping by! I am following back! :)

    Mommy Minded

  3. Hello
    New follower from on of the friday Blog hops!!!You have an adorable blog!!! Hope you have a great friday and wonderful weekend!


    Ps I also host a weekly blog hop... so feel free to link up anytime!!!

  4. New follower from Friday blog hops - cute blog!

  5. Your newest follower from Friday blog hop. Great blog. I am completely addicted to cloth diapering.

    Life of This SAHM

  6. I'm now following you! Thanks for following me first! :-)

  7. Thanks for stopping by and following. I'm now following back. Come back again, I have a great review and giveaway posted! :)

  8. Thanks for stopping by and following me...I am now following you back :-) ... I also recently just switched to cloth diapers...loving them so far! Have a great weekend!

    The Ramblings and Adventures of a SAHM

  9. Hi Nancy! This blog is fun :) We just built a compost bin this year, and I highly recommend it. We don't even have a garden yet, so we aren't using the compost, but even just throwing away less is making me feel better. Not only do we have to take the trash out less frequently, it almost never smells or attracts bugs because it's just wrappers, etc, food waste goes out to compost. I love it! Emma O (Ondessonk volunteer cohort)

  10. Thanks Emma. I definitely want to start a compost bin. We just haven't had the time to put one together yet. Maybe this fall I will get one going. I would love to have a garden next spring so compost will be a plus. I am glad you like my blog. Its going to be a bit more interesting now that I will be in nursing school. It was great to hear from you. Heepwah!