Wednesday, September 1, 2010

A Glimpse into Eco-Babyz #1: How green are we, really?


Green Living...

What an unfortunately overused phrase. I am glad and excited so many families and parents are realizing what a toxic world we live in and that things need to change to protect the health of our children. But the reality is, many will continue to be misinformed because the green living movement gives companies a marketing advantage.

So how green are we at Eco-Babyz? First let me define our idea of green. To us it is a series of daily choices we make for the better health of our family. It is not about saving the planet. We choose organic foods not just because it is better for the environment, but primarily because we've witnessed better health firsthand by consuming less pesticides and chemicals. We choose reusable bags because it just makes sense. We choose stainless steel water bottles because we don't always know exactly what's in plastic. We cloth diaper because that's the only thing that made my daughter's diaper rash go away, it saves us tons of money, and it makes perfect sense to us.

With that said, we don't have a budget that would allow us to buy 100% of our food organic. We are what I call a 1.2 income family! We can't always opt for the green version of whatever product we buy. But what we can do is just buy less, consume less, do without a new pair of jeans, the latest smart phone, or battery operated toys in obscene quantities. Ultimately what is important to us is what we put in and on our bodies, and what products we clean our home and clothing with. It's about keeping things simple.

So there you have it, we're sort of medium green. What about you? Baby steps, light green, hard core green?

2 comments:

  1. Very good point! So many people get on the Green bandwagon, and some people take it to the extreme. To me, the idea of "green" is almost a turn-off because it's being so overused. I am not someone who jumps into whatever anyone else is doing. They way you describe it though, makes much more sense. We do what is best to take care of ourselves, and our children. we need to also take into account our personal finances. Just because it says "eco-friendly" or "green" makes many things 2-3 times the price, and not always better. I do what is best for my family, healthy, cost-effective, and least consuming. However, sometimes, we as parents need a little convenience to save our sanity :)
    PS- thanks for answering my Y!A Question =)

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  2. I am right there with you! I am almost afraid to admit it because it is not PC but I really wouldn't care about what it did to the planet if formula, pesticides,drugs and chemicals meant better health and life for my child. We do recycle and do some basic "green" things, but the real reason behind the green choices we make for our family is our health and the health of our children.

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