Did you know today is International Happiness Day? Because of that I want to chat about something that has increased my family’s happiness. My family took on a challenge over the last few weeks. We decided to make a few changes so that our family could do our part to conserve resources and live a more renewable lifestyle, and ultimately make our world a better place. And you know what? It really wasn’t that much of a challenge because it ended up being SO easy! In fact, we found some ways to take it even farther than the original challenges.
So the basics of the challenge were these:
-When grocery shopping reach for food and beverage products with renewable packaging, like cartons
-Take shorter showers
-Bike or walk whenever possible
-Swap your paper coffee cup for a mug
Y’all – these were so easy to do. Cartons are great for food packaging. Food tastes great out of cartons, and if you have a small pantry like I do they take up less room! Shorter showers are the only way I can shower these days (a kid starts crying every time I step in I promise). We don’t live close to much so the biking/walking challenge is where I struggled. But we found some ways – I had been driving to the playground close to us but wearing Tripp and pulling MG in the wagon was a fun alternative to get there. We also love venturing into different areas of Atlanta and whereas we used to drive from one spot to another it’s so much easier to park in a central location and walk to our different destinations. I don’t drink coffee so no need for me to swap out a paper coffee cup for a mug, but my husband is a coffee guzzler. Since his birthday was during this challenge I got him a giant thermos so that he has just been refilling for coffee. Fun fact: most coffee spots will allow you to bring your own mug that they fill up!
Here are some further challenges we took on:
-Use reusable grocery bags
-Cloth diaper (and use cloth wipes) when we are at home
-Take public transportation
-Plant vegetables in our garden
-Open windows instead of turning on the air conditioning
Our world’s resources are limited and oh, so precious. There’s just no need to waste them! Being ‘green’ makes me happy because I know we are making the world a better place for my children. Our family loves spending time outdoors and want future generations to be able to also! Choosing products with renewable packaging has a far-reaching impact. Tetra Pak carton packages are made mostly from paper, a renewable resource that can be naturally replenished.