Frugal Foodie Mama: Summer Blog Challenge, Day 24- My Favorite Eco-Friendly Thing To Do

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Summer Blog Challenge, Day 24- My Favorite Eco-Friendly Thing To Do

Now, this one is easy.  My absolute favorite eco-friendly thing to do is to breastfeed.  We often hear about all the health benefits for mom and baby about breastfeeding, but nursing is also a plus for the environment! 


When you think about all the resources that go into the production of formula, then it is easy to see why breastfeeding is the greener alternative.  The energy that the formula factories use to make their products.  The trucks that guzzle gas to ship the cans of formula to the stores.  Not to mention all the packaging from the used formula that gets tossed into trash cans and then eventually to the landfill.


You don't have to constantly sterilize bottles and nipples (you use your dishwasher less!).  You don't have to heat breast milk like you have to do with formula (no need for the microwave!).  
Breastfeeding means less energy use, less waste, less pollution.


Now when I do not have a baby to breastfeed, my next favorite eco-friendly thing to do is to shop the farmers market.  Buying local means that my food travels a shorter distance to get to me (less transportation= less energy use & pollution).  Plus, I can talk to each of the farmers and vendors and know how they raise their livestock, how they grow their fruits and veggies, and how they make their yummy goodies.  I know where my family's food is coming from and what is in it.  
What is your most favorite eco-friendly thing to do? :)

6 comments :

  1. Composting! Much better to put your kitchen waste into a bin to decompose to nourish your garden to feed your plants to nourish your body. Then the kitchen waste goes into your bin and on and on....All in your own back yard.

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  2. We are very Eco-friendly, not only because it's good for the environment, but mostly because it save us SO MUCH MONEY.

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  3. So proud of you for breastfeeding!!! ♥ I didn't last - I had to go back to school when he was six months old and the pump and I did NOT get along. lol

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  4. Thank you, Shai! I nursed my son for 9 1/2 months. We actually stopped because he started biting. I plan to breastfeed my daughter for at least 12 months. And now, I have strategies if the biting happens again. ;)

    And yes! I also believe that being frugal and being eco-friendly go hand in hand. We try to reuse as much as we can instead of buying new. I used to compost, but we just moved to a new home a month ago, so I haven't started a compost pile yet. But I do save all my egg shells and used coffee grounds to fertilize my raised garden bed. ;)

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  5. I love breastfeeding and the Farmer's Market!

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  6. Beautiful picture. I breastfed my children, and now they are 24 and 21 years old. It is worth it.

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