There was a time, not too long ago, when I was the most eco-conscious person out there. I was working at one of the biggest health food stores in Toronto and evangelizing to all my friends and family about the superiority of going green, buying organic, and all that other stuff. When I had my daughter, I insisted we do cloth diapers. I made my own baby food. I tried to encourage friends and family to only buy wooden and natural fibre toys. Most of these choices didn’t last, for all kinds of reasons, but I tried my best to stay on the greener path.
However, once my second pregnancy hit, along with prenatal depression and anxiety, it became harder to maintain those rigorous standards. I embraced easy, even when that meant sacrificing the environment a bit. Then my son was born and my teenage stepdaughter moved in with us, and all hell broke loose.
It’s been pretty much a downhill slide since then, I’m embarrassed to say. I’ve even gone back to using regular deodorant! For shame.
It’s time to get back on track, though. If you’re new to eco-friendly living, I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t suck! There are lots of really simple choices you can make to reduce waste, for starters:
Let’s be honest, none of these are going to singlehandedly change the planet’s current course toward climate change. But with more people making these small steps, we can hopefully decrease the waste going into our garbage dumps each day and make better use of our resources.