After last week’s post, I started thinking more about things that we have been doing in our home for a while that indicate a more sustainable lifestyle (as well as increase that list of things we want to do). I wanted to elaborate and get your ideas on things that you are doing and give me some more ideas!
In addition to what we mentioned last week, we also are
- Reducing our water usage. Shorter showers, turning the water off when we brush our teeth, hand washing dishes instead of using the dishwasher.
- Turning out the lights. My mom would be so proud. She used to fuss at me so badly when I was younger for leaving lights on. Now I’m the same way about lights!
And a few MORE things on the horizon:
- Use a clothes line and reduce the use of the clothes dryer
- Eat/Shop more locally when we move to Paris and walk/bike to the stores within a few blocks of our house (we will be keeping Save-A-Lot, the Dollar General and the farmers market in Paris in business!)
In my thinking, I thought about this quiz I saw over at my friend Amanda’s site. I adapted it for us who aren’t quite yet Crunchy Mama’s, but are still Crunchy Gals. If you want to take the crunchy Mama quiz, feel free to visit her quiz .
Give yourself 1 point for every question you can answer “yes” to:
Have you or do you…
- Mostly use household furniture made of natural materials (wood, cotton, wool, silk)?
- Limit TV to minimal use? (Extra point if you don’t have one!)
- Use cloth napkins?
- Use cloth paper towels?
- Sew clothing, cloth home items, etc.? (Extra point if you upcycle using old t-shirts, sheets, etc.)
- Always use real dishes and utensils (even on picnics)?
- Use reusable snack bags?
- Use natural cleaning and household products? (Extra point if you make your own!)
- Line dry your laundry as much as possible?
- Use wool dryer balls?
- Recycle/Upcycle/Reuse as much as possible?
- Shop used (clothing, furniture, cars, etc.) as much as possible?
- Make or buy handmade gifts as much as possible?
- Shop at a Farmer’s Market?
- Buy local?
- Avoid shopping malls, Wal-Mart, Target, and “Made in China” as much as possible?
- Use reusable shopping bags?
- Have a garden or participate in a co-op/community garden?
- Practice being a Vegetarian or Vegan? (Extra point of you are a Raw Foodist!)
- Buy local/organic beef, dairy, and eggs? (Extra point if you have your own chickens!)
- Try not to eat processed foods?
- Use natural bath, body, and/or baby products? (Extra point if you make your own!)
- Wear natural makeup? (Extra point if you do not wear makeup!)
- Leave your hair undyed or only use henna hair dye?
- Use herbal remedies before or instead of medications?
- Drive a car powered by veggie oil?
- Regularly use a bicycle as an alternative means of transportation?
- Subtract a point for every bottle of water you have drank in the past 24 hours!
- Subtract 5 points if you are drinking one while you take this quiz!!!
Now add up your points…
- If you have less than 5 points, you are as creamy as the instant mashed potatoes you bought at Wal-Mart!
- If you have 6-12 points, you are like a loaf of homemade whole grain bread, soft with a sorta crunchy crust.
- If you have 13-21 points, you are as crunchy as raw organic broccoli.
- If you have more than 22 points, congratulations, you are as crunchy as homemade, organic granola!!!!!
I scored a 20! Better than I thought I would. I will have to take this quiz again a year from now to see if I’m any “crunchier”! How did you score?
Hats off to all you crunchy gals out there!