“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Belinda's Change

Joining One Small Change December

I think frequently about how large our families Carbon Footprint is, as we are a family of 6. When my children were younger and less of them, it seemed rather simple to make small changes. We have grown and we continue to do some of the things that we have always done to reduce our negative impact on our precious planet. However, these things seem to go in spurts for us and some just seem to float away as if they were never apart of our daily rhythm. I came across this blog and it has haunted me since, it calls out my name several times a day. It is time that each month our family adds one small change at a time to ensure we are doing our part to lessen our impact on Mother Earth!

For the grand month of December we have decided to start small and delve deeper into using reusable bags. Delve deeper, meaning I have some of the cutest and bestest reusable bags I have found. I have made a few, inherited a few, and adopted a few other bags. Obviously our family is not lacking the tools to turn down the plastic, it must just be sheer laziness, lack of planning or remembering.

Our ultimate goal is to not use store bags at all. We are not focusing on just the Grocery Store, but including all places we would normally use plastic or paper bags to carry our goods home in. Not Target, not the Shoe Store, not the Coffee Shop, not Rite Aid, not the Fabric or Yarn Store! Okay, okay, so you get the point!

I will report back in the beginning of January to share how our first small change is going and share our January small change.

P.S. We are having a few handyman repairs done around our home. I began this post earlier in the day, therefore it was running through my thoughts pretty frequently. I was thinking a lot about what impacts we have tried to lessen and why we let some go. The handyman asked me for a paper towel. "We do not use paper towels", I answered. He looked at me with wide eyes and said, "Oh, I guess I will have to run out to my truck than." As he walked away I felt a bit of a triumph. Heck yes, we do a little bit to lessen our footprint already! Up until this point I was pretty sure the only thing we did was use cloth diapers and that really only lasts of reach kiddos first 2 years on average.

*Belinda is new to the One Small Change Movement and we are so excited that she decided to share her change with us on the blog. To learn more about Belinda, please visit her blog.
If you would like to share you One Small Change experiences with us, please email me at suzy@hipmountainmama.com



  1. The little things really do add up.

    With a big family things usually get passed down --- therefore some big families actually buy less then a few families with 1-2 children each. I hope that make sense.

    Congrats! The first step is always the hardest.

  2. We found that the way we could remember to use the bags was to keep lots of them everywhere! We have them in both cars, my bag, my husband's messenger bag, even both our girl's school bags have reusable bags inside them. We also try get the girls excited about them and encourage them to remind us. They seem to NEVER forget!

    Good luck!