A Green(er) Life: Five Changes

Our family is slowly taking steps towards living a green(er) life. Instead of making huge changes all at once, we’re implementing different things each month towards more natural living.

We have successfully stuck to the changes we implemented in January and added a few more in the month of February.

Our February changes:

1. Switched to a Deodorant Crystal

I am the one who made this change! I don’t know if my husband is quite ready for this one! I was a little leery of using a deodorant crystal. So far I’ve been using it 3 weeks and haven’t had any odor issues! I wear it every day. {I did put on ‘conventional’ deodorant one warm day when we went on a day trip!} Of course, the real test will come in a few months in the sweltering Georgia summer heat!

2. Purchase Fresh Ground Peanut Butter

We love that freshly ground peanut butter contains just fresh peanuts. We both were a little surprised at the taste at first, it’s not sweet because it doesn’t have added sugar! Since becoming accustomed to the difference, we both are really enjoying it. In fact, I’ll occasionally go get a spoonful of peanut butter as a quick snack, something I never did before.

3. Easy to Use Grain Mill

We’ve been grinding our own wheat about 85% of the time for the past 3 months and decided to no longer purchase flour. Since we weren’t going to have flour in our pantry, we needed an easier to use grain mill than the one we owned since it required a lot of clean up, was quite large and wasn’t easy to access once it was ground. We purchased a KoMo Grain Mill which is designed to be left on the counter. We love the way it looks and the best part, grinding is easy! We put the amount of wheat in the hopper that we need, grind it and there’s no clean up! I no longer think, “I want to make bread but I won’t because I don’t want to get the grinder out!”

4. Reusable Coffee Mug

This one is all my husband since he’s the coffee drinker! He brings his reusable Copco  cup to work every day and to church on Sunday which is saving our church about 6 coffee cups a week! Plus, he’ll sometimes put his tea in it if there’s a dinner at church.

5. Glass Water Bottle

This one is all me! I purchased a 22 ounce Lifefactory glass bottle to make drinking water easier when I’m away from home. Since I’m still nursing it’s important to stay hydrated! I also try to carry this with me to church when we have dinners so I don’t waste a cup for water. Yes, the glass is heavier but it doesn’t give the water a funny taste like plastic or stainless bottles do! {And these bottles have silicone sleeves on them to protect the glass!}

These 5 steps in February combined with the 3 in January mean we’ve made 8 changes so far in 2011 towards more natural living!

Have you implemented any changes towards green living lately?

11 Replies to “A Green(er) Life: Five Changes”

  1. Bravo to you and yours! It truly IS the little things that we notice and then change that adds up. Always love your blog. When you've the time, I hope you'll hop over to our website. I think you'll like it. 🙂

  2. I have been using a deoderant rock since July. I was also surprised that there is no smell! I have worn it while sweating for over 24 hours without any smell! However, it is NOT an antiperspirant. If you sweat, your underarms will be wet. But they just wont stink. I read that people with really bad foot odor use it as well. I've been using my deoderant rock for 8 months, and I think I will be using it for another 2 years before I need a new one! Not bad for $7! ((BTW: My hubby wont even try it !!))

    That's awesome about the peanut butter and grain mill.

    I use the reusable coffee mugs and kleen canteen for water. I have a friend at work that gives me his water bottles (Aquafina) so I can reuse them. He goes through one a day. Within no time, I had a few bags full. I try to show him how much he is putting into the landfills!

  3. Ooh, I like the water bottle! Where can you find them? The green things I'm doing this month… trying the "no 'poo" method of washing my hair with baking soda and the oil cleansing method for washing my face. I hope to post about it on my blog eventually, but am waiting to see the results. 🙂

    1. I purchased mine from Amazon but I saw some in GreenLife (which is owned by Whole Foods so maybe you could find there there!)

  4. I've been doing all of these except grounding the wheat- which is something I've really wanted to try out. Thanks for the reminder to look into that!

    1. Thank you! I agree, $400 is a lot! It is not a loud grain mill which is a plus with young children (our old mill terrified our son!) This is also something that we are going to use almost daily so it is worth it to have a quality product that we like since it will be sitting on our countertop.

      We are frugal but we sometimes splurge for nicer and pricier items that we know we are going to use for a long time! We drive old cars, buy second hand furniture and clothes but will pay more for things that some consider luxuries!

      Writing this reply makes me think I need to write a post to share our philosophy on frugality!! 🙂

  5. I've been interested in getting a grain mill, but where do you get the grain to grind? Someone on another site mentioned Costco has it, but I don't see it at my local Costco. Maybe I could find a local farmer. I'll have to wait on that expense of the grinder for now, but agree with you that voluntary simplicity is about values. If there's something that even costs a bit, but you really enjoy it and really use it, then it's worth it. The trick is knowing the difference between a want that's worth it and a want that's not.

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