Posts Tagged ‘earth day’

Happy Earth Day!

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Anyone doing anything special today for Earth Day? I do know many of us here at Breastfeed.Babywear.ClothDiaper try to honor and respect planet Earth everyday in our daily choices and lifestyle…hooray for eco-friendly living! However, I also like having a special day set aside as a reminder of how important caring for Mother Earth truly is! Plus it helps get the message out to the general public and those who might not be as aware of the role they have and the things they can do to protect our Earth.

Yesterday I took my boys for a bike ride along the canal near our house with the intention of cleaning up garbage. The canal is one of my favorite places to run and sadly there is a great deal of garbage that collects there. The kids and I brought a garbage bag with us which we were able to fill rather quickly while only cleaning a very short section of the trail. One full garbage bag was really all I could manage hauling in the bike trailer but we could have easily filled a ton more bags. I guess we’ll just have to make a regular family activity of it? I don’t think the kids will mind; they had a blast playing in the canal while looking for garbage!

On our way. We rode about 3 miles to a lower section of the canal that collects a lot of trash due to its location.

Izzy’s sweet ride.

Sunshine + canal + bike ride = happy smiles!

Part of the canal…isn’t it pretty? Also this is actually a decent amount of water for this time of year in Phoenix. Some times it is bone dry!  

Izzy was the trash master…he really liked this game of garbage hide and seek!

While resting in one of the few shady spots I made some new friends. I even met a fellow dreadhead. Check out the length on his! And I thought mine were heavy!

All ready for the 3 mile ride back home…these boys were hungry!

Izzy fell asleep and Abraham was dragging a bit, but we made it!

My lunch. Yum!

You would have thought I was eating a big bowl of ice cream in front of the kids the way they were stealing bites from my plate…despite the fact that they had just had spaghetti, hummus and crackers, applesauce, and strawberries with cashew nut cream. I guess they worked up an extra big appetite that morning on our bike ride!

Then we were off to the library to find some books about Mother Nature.

What are you doing to celebrate Earth Day? Would love to hear from readers! :)

Not sure what to do? Check out this site for some fun, kid-friendly, Earth Day inspiration!

And you’ll definitely want to check out the awesome Earth Day SALES at Mom’s Milk Boutique today. Lots of eco-friendly products to choose from… plus all orders that are placed today (Monday, April 22, 2013) will be entered into a drawing to win ONE of TWO Sakura Bloom Pure Ring Slings!! (Mom’s Milk Boutique will select the color).

HAPPY EARTH DAY ALL!

-Sarah

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The Great Cloth Diaper Change 2013 is in TWO DAYS!!

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Who is excited for the Great Cloth Diaper Change this year?!? I know I am! Our local group has worked hard for MONTHS to ensure it will be an awesome event for all those attending on Saturday, April 20. And I am certain our local group is not alone in their efforts. Coordinators from all over the world have been working hard behind the scenes (on a completely volunteer basis) to make this year’s event extra special!

Currently there are “285 hosts registered to hold world record events in 17 countries including Australia, Belgium, Canada, Switzerland, Chile, Germany, Spain, Finland, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Mexico, Malaysia, the Netherlands, and the US”(The Great Cloth Diaper Change, 2013). How cool is that!!

What exactly is the Great Cloth Diaper Change? It’s an attempt to break the Guinness World Record of 8,251 cloth diapers changed around the world at one time…with lots of fun mixed in too! The main purpose of the event is to show the world that cloth diapers are a real option for today’s families. The Great Cloth Diaper Change is intentionally scheduled around Earth Day to let families know that cloth diapers are an important environmentally friendly choice they can make.

Looking to attend an event in your area? Check out the map on the Great Cloth Diaper Change website to find a location near you. Each host site will be changing diapers at 11:00am local time (as opposed to 2012 where the emphasis was on simultaneous diaper changes. That meant that some events happened at 2am…talked about dedicated cloth diapering mamas!).

Now when attending the event keep in mind that the goal is to make it into the Guinness Book of World Record. Therefore you might be surprised at how structured the diaper change portion of the event is…in order for everything to be official there are some general guidelines that must be followed. But no worries because the coordinators will know exactly what to do and give you instructions beforehand. All you need to do is show up with your baby in a cloth diaper and have a spare cloth diaper to change him/her into. If you have more than one child in diapers, you will need one adult for every child during the official count so be sure to plan accordingly.

Many of the sites will also have awesome prizes to raffle off, games for the kids, light refreshments, vendors/booths to shop at, and more. Hope you find a site near you so you can participate in all the fun and be a part of a World Record setting event! :) Mom’s Milk Boutique is hosting the West Frankfort, IL site. For more information or to participate in The Great Cloth Diaper Change held at Mom’s Milk Boutique please visit the Great Cloth Diaper Change Southern Illinois Facebook page. Or feel free to contact Bonnie at info@momsmilkboutique.com or at 1-855-227-5662.

I will be at the Phoenix Great Cloth Diaper Change so if you happen to be there too, please come say hello! I would love to meet you and your little one(s).

-Sarah

The Cost and Value of Natural Living

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Today’s post is brought to you by guest blogger, Amy. In addition to being a loyal fan and costumer at Mom’s Milk Boutique, Amy writes a consumer’s guide for environmentally conscious living at The Mindful Home. Her blog is dedicated to helping people with busy lives find eco-friendly products. I invited her to be a guest blogger this month in honor of Earth Day on April 22. Amy shares with us her thoughts on….

The Cost and Value of Natural Living:

At first glance, one might balk at the price tags of wooden toys, cloth diapers and all of the other consumer goods associated with a natural and sustainable lifestyle. This reaction begs the question – what are we really paying for as consumers? What are the costs and ramifications of focusing on quantity for cheap over quality? What impact do those decisions have on our health, on the lives of others, and on society in general?

Let me start by saying that we have been surviving on my husband’s income as a carpenter, and are by no means living the high life. Yet we are compelled to make conscientious decisions as consumers, and try to adhere to a “less is more” principle when it comes to purchases, as well as avoiding plastic unless it’s absolutely necessary

When you talk to parents who prefer to buy toys made of natural materials like wood for their children, the general consensus seems to be that it is far better to have a handful of well made, heirloom quality toys that will inspire lasting, age-limitless imaginative play and endure for generations, over stacks of breakable, seemingly disposable plastic toys. While my daughter is only approaching her 3rd birthday, we have still only had 3 toys of hers break, and all of them were able to be repaired with a little wood glue.

The less is more way of life doesn’t just apply to toys. Do we own stainless steel, insulated sippy cups that cost the same as 6-10 plastic ones? Yes, but we own two. Two that we rotate each day, and a third uninsulated bottle for water – that’s it. Do we own some pricy tempered glass plates to heat my daughter’s meals on? Yes, and again, we own two. There’s no overflowing cabinet in our home with stacks of throw away cups and plates. Now I will admit we only have one child so far, but I know we would still make it work with whatever we had, and the few items we do have will last for many children

Besides buying less, we have found plenty of other ways to make up for what can at times appear to be a higher cost of say, a wooden teether vs. one made of PVC from Target. Making as much as we can from scratch is one way, but I realize not everyone has the time to do that. However, even busy lifestyles could perhaps try out the biggest way we save, which is by reducing our use of disposables. Unpaper towels, cloth diapers and wipes, mama cloth, part time use of family cloth, reusable food storage over plastic bags… all an investment up front, but the payoff is huge and if you ask cloth users, every single one will tell you that a couple extra loads of laundry a week is doable no matter what your schedule, and entirely worth it. My daughter grew very quickly, and now that she’s 2.5 we’ve been using our large sized cloth diapers for well over a year and a half. Hopefully we won’t have to much longer, but even so, I cannot even calculate how many times each diaper has been used. So when I look at a diaper for $20 that I can use for close to two years and they are shockingly still in great shape for another child, I can only think of how many one-time use diapers I’d get for $20? Furthermore, we’ve had all of our velour cloth wipes since day one, and they are barely worn and would easily last another couple of years for a second child. Forty cloth wipes at $1.25 each vs. the number of disposable wipes to diaper 2 children start to finish? I’ll take the cloth wipes any day!

The greatest driving force for us is the repercussions of living a plastic-based, disposable lifestyle. From the bodily harm that chemicals like BPA, phthalates, PVC and flame retardants can present, to the ramifications of using plastic – polluting the earth, often poisoning its inhabitants during both the production and the disposal, and using up natural resources – the costs are too high for us. There are ways to avoid plastics, and we are extremely passionate about that decision in our own lives.

I fully acknowledge that there is a little extra work involved, like doing the research to seek out safe products (something I try to help people with in my own blog), or having to order products from some obscure online store rather than picking it up at the local Target. But for us, we feel that every purchase is a means of promoting change. Whether it’s supporting a smaller retailer over a big box giant, casting a vote by increasing the demand for organic and eco friendly goods, or showing the powers that be that consumers want non-toxic products, we are very deliberate and thoughtful when it comes to our purchases. The planet is not a giant trash can, and we feel like the least we can do is think about the things we’re responsible for leaving behind, and make sure they’re really needed, valued and used to the fullest.

Thanks Amy! If you want to learn more about Amy and her eco-friendly lifestyle check out http://www.themindfulhome.blogspot.com/

-Sarah

 

Earth Day Celebrations!

Friday, April 20th, 2012

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. ~Native American Proverb

Sunday, April 22 is EARTH DAY! While many of us live an eco-friendly lifestyle year round, it’s great to have a day specifically set aside to celebrate our wonderful Mother Earth and remind us to treat her gently and lovingly.

What are the origins of Earth Day?

Earth Day was founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970 out of his growing concern for the environment. He thought a day in recognition of the Earth would help raise awareness for environment causes across the nation. It would unite people from all walks of life to come together to nurture and care for Mother Nature. 32 years later his vision is still alive and even growing in momentum as we become increasingly aware of our need to preserve the Earth for future generations.

What are some ways you can celebrate Earth Day?

Even if everyday is Earth Day in your home, it can be fun to be a part of a collective celebration to honor our environment! Be sure to check your local area for public events you can participate in throughout the weekend. For cloth diapering mamas one fun event this weekend happening all around the WORLD is the Great Cloth Diaper Change.

Here are some simple ideas of ways to include your little ones in celebrating Earth Day:

  • take a walk around your neighborhood or go to your local park to collect and dispose of any trash on the ground
  • plant a tree or a seed of any kind
  • read library books together about the earth or environment
  • have children help sort recyclables
  • spend time in nature…go for a hike or bike ride to observe the abundant beauty all around
  • go for a picnic and pack a completely zero waste lunch
  • replace something disposable by investing in a re-usable environmentally friendly option for your family. For example ditch the disposable water bottles and purchase a high quality re-usable water bottles. Or now is a great time to switch from disposable wipes to cloth wipes
  • when shopping be sure bring your own bags with you
  • walk or ride your bike to run any errands that are close to home
  • make dinner from organic, locally grown food
  • replace something in your home with a more energy efficient option…even something as small as a light bulb can make a difference.
  • install a clothesline so you can hang dry your clothes and cloth diapers
  • walk around outdoors barefoot to feel your body connect directly with the Earth
  • before disposing of anything consider if it could be re-used, re-purposed, recycled, or donated
  • volunteer for a local organization or cause dedicated to spreading environmental awareness and sustainable living
  • go unplugged this weekend…ditch the TV, computer, and video games and enjoy the simple gifts from Mother Nature such as sunshine and fresh air

When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. ~John Muir

 

Our weekend plans include a trip to the park on Friday where we will be cleaning up any garbage, attending the Great Cloth Diaper Change on Saturday, and going on a family hike/picnic on Sunday. How will your family celebrate Earth Day this weekend? :)

-Sarah