Almost everyone I know is going green on most things. Recycle this and that, reusable this and that, growing your own food without using chemicals, composting, so on and so forth.
We try to recycle things when we can. I admit, I am not always diligent about this. We reuse plastic bags, ziplocs as much as we can. We compost.
Recently, we went back to using cloth diapers for my toddler boy about 80% of the time. The only times he uses disposables are at bedtime and if we were on an outing for an extended period of time. It's not full time, but hey, at least we're avoiding putting about six to eight diapers a day in the landfill.
Today, we spent the morning and afternoon doing more to make sure we won't need to use chemical fertilizers for our garden. Last weekend, hubby and our neighbor worked in their yard, transferring their leaves to our garden patch. They had enough leaves to cover our whole garden with about a foot high. This morning, the kids and us raked our yard and driveway. We transferred what we could rake to the garden patch. By the time we were done, we had almost 3 foot high by 18' x 25' of leaves! The kids enjoyed being tossed in the leaves and jumped around.
Our other neighbor is offering to let us use his mulcher to mulch up the leaves. He also has a yard full of maple leaves that we can have.
I have been reading all these living frugal blogs and am very intrigued about making my own detergent. It is supposed to be cheap (about $0.10 to $0.20 per large load) and it reduces nasty refuse going down the sewer line.
I finally bought the ingredients today when I was out grocery shopping.
I found the powder detergent recipe here:
Planet Green - Making your own laundry soap
Got home. Put the grocery and sundries away. Grated a bar of ivory soap. Found an air tight plastic old ice cream container. Mixed the grated soap, a cup of washing soda and a cup of borax powder and I got laundry soap! Now, I am supposed to use about 2 tablespoon per large load. I haven't try it yet, but I think I will tonight. I still have two more bars of soap, an almost full box of washing soda and a full box of borax left. If this concoction worked wonders, and one batch yielded 20 loads, at least, then it would be very cheap indeed.
We shall see. What's more important though, we are making an effort to reduce nasty waste to the planet.