Do You Live The Green Life?

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The following is a guest post by Ideal Bite's Mama Bite contributor Jennifer Orr.

I think I do a pretty good job of living the green life, but I do have my limits. Take toilet paper. Some people use a family cloth, washable rags that they disposed of a bucket after using and then wash daily. Um, yeah, not doing that. But I am a nut about recycling toilet paper tubes. My family ends up with a couple hundred tubes a year. That's a lot of cardboard, which is easy to recycle. I've even got my kids in the habit of putting them into a second trash can in the loo.

My husband is another story...

Also, I won't give up my washing machine to, say, wash my clothes in the bath tub to save electricity. My 2-year-old looks like a walking Jackson Pollack painting most days with all the spills, so yeah, my Maytag and I are tight. But I do use a drying rack to cut energy costs, something my husband is green-ho about.

And, no, I can't give up my car. On the upside, we do drive a hybrid, which reduces smog emissions by 90%, and I've changed many of my driving habits to increase gas mileage. I drive slower and coast more. I've given up idling in the school's carpool lane at school (10 seconds of idling uses more fuel than shutting off the engine and restarting it). And I'm religious about turning on cruise control when driving the freeways, which can increase my gas mileage by up to 35%.

My point is that a little can go a long way. Green is great, but it also has to be realistic, especially for busy mamas.

What does your family do to be green?

 

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