My Green Victories of 2008

Looking back, I’m amazed at the many small changes I managed to take on over the last year.   I’ve included links–some to the Green Baby Guide articles discussing the topic, some to other sites that inspired me.

1. Stopped using disposable wrapping paper and switched to reusable gift wrap.

2. Switched to eco-friendly toilet paper.

3. Switched to eco-friendly laundry detergent, which I discovered was actually cheaper than conventional detergent!

4. Stopped using shampoo and started using baking soda, saving money and many plastic bottles.

5. Began recycling plastic lids.

6. Started turning off water to cook pasta.

7. Signed on to support renewable energy.

8. Started washing diapers in cold water.

9. Potty trained my daughter and tried cloth training pants.

10. Continued cloth diapering during potty training and hung my diapers to dry instead of tossing them in the dryer.

11. Cut down on the amount of dishwashing liquid I use by refining my technique.

I figure if I can keep plugging along, making small changes as I go, I will single-handedly stop global warming!  Okay, maybe not . . . but as they say, every little bit helps.  What lifestyle modifications did you make in ‘O8?  Which changes were failed experiments in green living  . . . and which ones are worth making?


  1. Yeah! That’s great. Okay, I was just looking over my electricity bills for the year because I realized you can do that on the pge website and it was kind of fun. I realized that I was only paying 25-30 dollars a month TOTAL for energy in the summer. I totally credit many of the tips I got off of this board. Since school started, I haven’t been doing as well, it’s been cold, dark and I have less time to hang clothes to dry. But it still is lower than previous years even though rates supposedly went up. Next when I have time, i’ll analyze my gas usage. Yes, I’m such a dork, but I’ve written down every tank of gas since I bought my car 3 years ago. Hey, it’s something to do while sitting in the car waiting since we can’t pump our own.

  2. All food for thought ideas. My feeling is that since I’m doing cloth diapers for the baby why not use cloth wipes for me too. Not much more laundry. However, all this is silly on savings when a new law goes into effect that ALL clothes and toys for kids under 12 have to be tested for lead. That means NO clothes and toys at your local resale shop. They will be out of business. Guess where all clothes and toys will go?? The dump. So much for recycling and being green. It is all a joke. Our local resale shops are having sales to get rid of inventory before the law goes into effect. Check it out. I wish that I was joking.


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