In an aspiring-to-be green household, we often think about ways to reduce our impact on the planet.

How do we reduce impact? Consuming less means spending less money.

Every product is a “vote with your wallet” for use of resources.

Is it easy? Simple? Sustainable? We try to be both frugal and green.

Usually, we start with the question, is there a better way to do this?

Is there an easier way?

  • Reduce, reuse, recycle.
  • Waste not, want not.
  • Reduce expenses.
  • Reduce environmental impact.

Our lifestyle is a constant work in progress. Last year, we pursued a few different angles. In general, we like simple and straightforward solutions to the problems of living.

Want local produce? Consider a garden full of perennials.

Concerned about power outages or the power bill? Convert your fireplace to a wood burner.

Wanting to conserve energy on laundry? Decrease dryer use with a laundry line or drying rack, which is easier on your clothes anyway.

Sometimes the more eco-friendly way is actually easier.

When we switched from scented-clay-clumping cat litter to pine-based cat litter, we expected an inferior product. But what we found instead was it actually worked better. (Okocat brand, if you’re wondering.)

During the pandemic, I changed to buying clothes secondhand via ThredUp. It’s been great.

So, an argument in favor of trying new things.

brown and black hedgehog very cute
Very cute hedgehog

Here are a few online resources with a focus on sustainability.

  • simply by christine at simplybychristine.com
    • Her work is beautiful and soothingly minimalist.
    • Site links to zero waste living and lifestyle blog, book (available on Kindle), and shop. She also has an excellent youtube channel here.
  • Earth Hero at earthhero.com
    • Site listing brands and products vetted for their practices, not all equally practical.
    • I am a fan of dryer balls as a replacement for dryer sheets.
  • Mother Earth News at motherearthnews.com
    • Fun and informative articles, updated frequently.
  • Plant With Purpose at plantwithpurpose.org
    • A charitable non-government organization.
  • I am going to add more as we come across them.

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