Who isn’t trying to be more “green” these days? I know people who fall on all parts of the spectrum and I’d say I’m right in the middle. I recycle. I live in an energy efficient house. I drive smart and have significantly reduced my plastic water bottle habits. But even though I’m dedicated, I find that with kids being green isn’t always easy. Sometimes I opt for ease of use, the quick answer or the one that will result is less mess for mommy to clean up.
This year a local farmer and conservationist came to speak to a mom’s group I’m part of, and at the end of her presentation she admitted that she only got to the point she was at in her life because her kids were grown. She gave us a list of simple things we could do to be more green. One of her ideas was to use a reusable shopping bag for errands.
As part of our mom’s group activity, we decided to customize reusable totes to make them more personal and fun to use. I ordered the tote bags from the Etsy shop, Sunlight After 5, found stencils at Hobby Lobby and figured out which fabric markers were top rated, but affordable. Not everyone considers themselves crafty or artistic so the stencils helped to offer inspiration and a guide. The end results were bright, personalized tote bags that preserve resources by cutting down on the huge number of paper and plastic bags that are discarded after a single trip to the store.