It was my disdain of disposable diapers that prompted me and I wanted a platform to share what I knew about both the environmental impact of disposables and the extraordinary health risks to kids who were wearing them. My cloth diapering (and formerly cloth diapered) daughters joined me in my crusade.
But it wasn't long before I realized it was about a whole lot more than just diapers. Throughout the last four years, I've learned about the dangers of fabric softeners (seriously one of the most, if not THE most, toxic product in our homes), the environmental impact and health risks involved with the fracking industry, the importance of organic farming, the evils of Monsanto, and much, much more! I've made small changes, like unplugging items not in use, disposing of batteries properly, switching over from plastic to glass whenever possible, etc.
And with each step I take toward reducing my carbon footprint, I realize I'm not doing it so much for me. I'm doing it for my grandbabies -- the lovely little Lady Laura, who was the catalyst for this blog, the little Lord Lincoln, and the newest edition to the family, the marvelous little Miss Marley Grace.
While I don't have a lot of money to set aside for my grandchildren, I realize that each piece of laundry I hang on the line, each cloth rag I use instead of a paper towel, each choice I make for eco-friendly products . . . they're all investments in my grandchildren's future. While I try not to get on my high horse, it simply dumbfounds me that people just don't care about the world we're leaving behind to these kids.
Sustainable living? It's living with future generations in mind. It's recycling. And composting. And picking up litter. It's driving less and shopping less and making do with what we have. It's caring. For the Earth. For the future. And for each other.
And that's what Green Grandma's about, too.
What about you? What are you doing to live a more sustainable life?
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