Lately my husband has had this thing with call me a hippie. I laughed along with him and took on the title proudly because I felt the reasoning behind his name calling were actually pretty good.
This all started about three months ago after a meeting with a lactation specialist. I decided that having our baby at a birthing center and not a hospital would be best for me, the baby and for my husband also. The further along we were with the pregnancy the more I studied, researched and analyzed the pros and cons of hospitals/treatments and birthing centers/coaching. I was, and still am, convinced that an intervention free birth was the right course. Now mind you this new belief of mine is coming right on the tails of us visiting and choosing one of the top, high tech, modern hospitals in the state. So I understood when my husband was just a tad bit sceptical but yet very supportive.
But my ‘hippiness’ according to him did not stop there. Shortly thereafter I started turning all Green on him.
I have to admit, majority of my life I have understood the importance of caring for the environment and being all aware of my actions and how the could effect our planet, but I was far from active. To me, turning off the water while brushing my teeth just seemed to be a bother … besides I was just one person.
Now however, and again I blame it solely on this baby soaking up the energy and brainwaves in my life, I have a totally different view on being environmental cautious and energy efficient. Not only for my babies health but also because majority of these changes save us tons of money (well maybe not tons, but enough).
What are my ways of going green so far???? These are just a start, I am sure there is much more we can do.
Recycling.When we first got our own place we really didn’t recycle that at all because we had a tiny apartment and the addition of another garbage pail just seemed way to inconvenient. Now if I see a coke can in the garbage I go crazy.
Cloth Diapering.I know I have mentioned this like twenty times before but we will be using cloth diapers. Saves loads of money and arguably better for the environment. For going out and possibly overnight we will be using the gDiaper system.
Reusable Bags. A few months back I decided to grad a bunch of those reusable bags for groceries. I can’t say that I have been 100% diligent with them yet though. Have forgotten them at home many times.
Cleaning Supplies. I have been reading up a lot on the different cleaning solutions you can make on your own at home using items you already have. I have a few friends that do it and they all say it cleans their home at good, if not better then the chemical stuff at stores … and yes again they save money.
Electricity. There are so many different ways to save on the electricity used daily. The main ways we have started is turning off all the lights when they aren’t needed. Turning off all electronics when not being used. Opening windows and using natural light.
I am sure there are more ways that I am turning hippie, but off the top of my head that is what I have come up with so far.
I did stop to really check this out though, and I don’t think I can actually call myself a modern day hippie yet. According to Robert Fuller there are just Four Types of Modern Day Hippies and looking at his definition of each, I don’t quit fall into one of those. The closets I come is the Granola Child but with out the vegetarian element, I love me some meat. So I think my husband and I will create our own definition one day.