When I discovered Betsy’s blog about “going green gradually”, it struck a cord. Not only does she have so many helpful articles, but she describes this lifestyle as a journey, even in her title. So true! No one has this all figured out. No matter where you are on the green spectrum, it’s all about taking another step.
I asked Betsy to share with us a little about her family and what got her started on this journey:
I am a SAHM to a 3-year-old and a 1-year-old. I was only as interested in being green as your average gal until I had kids. Not even pregnancy brought it to the forefront of my mind. But when my first baby sucked on my hair, I wondered, “What’s in my leave-in conditioner?” When he sucked on the floor, I wondered, “What’s in my cleaner?” When I started feeding him solid foods, I wondered, “How safe are pesticides for infants?” When I opened his disposable diaper on a sweltering day and felt a wave of heat come out I thought, “Maybe I’ll try cloth diapers after all.” So, really the birth of my first child was what really got me started.
I spent hours and hours on the computer researching safer, more natural options with my first baby on my lap. I had just left a job in policy research, so I was still in the research mode. And I was worried. And a bit obsessed. Eventually, I chilled out. But I started my blog a few years later because I wanted somewhere to dump all that information I’d accumulated in my head, and I figured that someone else might as well benefit from all the research I did.
Thanks, Betsy! Here are a few of her useful articles:
I also asked Betsy what she’s working on these days as she continues to go green.
Right now I am trying my hardest to ditch non-stick for cast iron. I have wanted to to this for years and I finally bought the cast iron and hid my nonstick in the garage, but it’s been hard, especially since we love eggs at my house.
Ah, yes. We use the new non-stick Green Pans, since we were gifted them for Christmas. They’re working out well, but I’m sure that cast iron is even healthier. One thing you might hate to realize is that electric griddles and waffle makers are also non-stick. I’d love to find easy, healthy options for those too. But, one step at a time!