Greening My Routine With Seventh GenerationThursday, September 27, 2012
Over the past few weeks, I have been making a more conscientious effort to live a healthier and more environmentally-friendly lifestyle all with the help of Seventh Generation. Prior to participating in the Green Your Routine campaign, I wasn't aware that the average Canadian child throws away 66 pounds of lunch packaging waste each year. If all that disposable packaging was replaced with a reusable lunch carrier, you could save an average of $250 a year!
As part of the Green Your Routine campaign, Seventh Generation challenged bloggers to adopt four small and simple changes that can save money, make a lasting impact on the environment and positively affect the family's health.
STEP 1: The Litterless Lunch
This one was easy since my kids' school already encourages litterless lunches and since we have stocked up on reusable items such as a reusable lunch bag, reusable containers and stainless steel drink bottles .
STEP 2: Watch How You Wash
Many dish and laundry soaps contain petrochemicals (derived directly from oil). For the past eight years or so, my husband and I mainly use plant‐derived, non‐toxic dish soap such as Seventh Generation's Free and Clear Natural Dish Liquid and their Free and Clear All Purpose Cleaner. The fact that the all purpose cleaner is non-toxic and VOC-free makes me feel like I'm living like the Lorax.
STEP 3: Choose a Fun, Fit, and Sustainable Route to School
This one was a tough one for me since I have to take the kids to daycare early in the morning so that I can arrive on time for my 8 am supervision duty in the morning. The fact that I have to be at work so early makes it impossible for us to bike or walk to school, which is why I am looking forward to when my daughter is old enough to walk with my son to school at a more decent hour. It's good exercise for them, they will get to sleep in a bit later and my husband and I will save on before and after school daycare fees. (This day cannot come soon enough!)
STEP 4: Rebrand Responsibility
Seventh Generation suggests that kids be involved in planning and preparing their snacks and lunches for the week as well as help clean and select their clothing. They should also be in charge of creating their weekly schedules (including chores, sports practices, music lessons, etc). This would require a weekly family meeting to go through a meal‐planning chart, for example. I think this one is a great idea but it's definitely a work in progress.
In the end, I am happy that I participated in the Green Your Routine challenge and that I dedicated time to identify the areas where our family can be 'greener.' I am also happy to announce that I have selected a winner of the Seventh Generation prize pack. Congratulations goes out to SueSueper S.! And a big thank you to Seventh Generation for continuing to provide plant-based, family-safe alternatives.