How do Cloth Diapers Work Anyways?

My sister asked me to do a short video about cloth diapers for her zero waste/vegan project.¬† I’d been contemplating something like this for a while, so I was really happy when she reached out.¬† Cloth diapers are not portrayed in the mainstream anywhere, and I realized that many people don’t know what cloth diapers…

I never considered cloth diapers until…

First things first.¬† I had a baby!¬† My daughter is a happy, healthy, 8 month old.¬† And I’m grateful for that, and for her, every single day. I never considered cloth diapers until I learned that my friend was using them.¬† And she’s not even a crazy, green, hippie.¬† She is a regular person. But…

Community Food Recycling

A few months ago, I worked with our local government to implement food recycling.¬† (Thanks to the Village for listening to my idea and taking action!) What is food recycling¬†anyways?¬† It’s when food scraps are collected and then recycled by turning them into compost.¬† How does it work?¬† There is a collection bin at our…

Shaving with Less Impact

In regards to shaving, there are a few ways that I reduce my environmental impact: Number One: I have a razor with replaceable cartridge heads.¬† It is the Schick brand and I love it!¬† With replaceable cartridge heads, I’ve been able to use the same handle for more than 5 years.¬† Back when I bought…

Month 12 – Weatherstripping on Door

Our garage door opens directly into our family room, and in cold weather, I can feel a draft.¬† So, I decided to add weatherstripping.¬† The door already had some weatherstripping, so at the hardware store, I looked for options that could easily be added without removing the existing weatherstripping.¬† I purchased a rubber sweep to…

Month 11 – Insulate the Water Heater

My latest green home project was to insulate the water heater.¬† Our 50 gallon gas-fired water heater was installed in 2009.¬†¬†Various websites¬†recommend insulating your water heater if the R-value is less than 16 or 24.¬† I couldn’t find the R-value, but since ours was warm to the touch, I figured it couldn’t hurt to add…

Month 10 – Home Energy Audit

At work, we played a fun game called Cool Choices.¬† To earn points, every day for 6 weeks, players make environmentally sustainable choices such as carpooling, driving the speed limit, and turning the water off when brushing teeth (duh).¬† Different actions are worth different points.¬† The game made sustainability more fun and competitive.¬† It was…

Month 9 – Cover Unused Registers

Even with our Nest thermostat, heating our home will be a big energy cost.¬† Our heater uses natural gas which produces 11.7 pounds of CO2 per therm.¬† This means, that during each winter month, we are responsible for ~1,665 pounds of CO2 from heating.¬† For comparison, that’s as much CO2 as 83 gallons of gasoline.…

Month 8 – Grow Food

The ultimate of eating local is growing your own food.¬† This summer, my husband and I planted a raspberry bush and a blackberry bush.¬† When the plants are mature, we’ll have delicious food that is organic, didn’t require fossil fuels to be¬†transported, and didn’t come wrapped in packaging destined for a landfill.¬† Also, when I…

Month 7 – Skip the Clothes Dryer

As far as appliances go, they say clothes dryers use quite a bit of energy. ¬†According to the EPA, dyers can use more electricity than a refrigerator. ¬†To check electricity use from my own house, I noted the meter readings over a few days. ¬†For a nerd like me, the results are interesting: I found…