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The Green Dream Team: How Our Family is Moving Towards a Sustainable Future

Updated: Sep 22, 2023

Hi friends! Today, we're excited to unveil the extraordinary journey of our family as we try to contribute to green living and sustainability. From everyday recycling to compostable poop bags, we are committed to combat global warming, demonstrating how collective -one-step at a time- small efforts can drive monumental change.

Recycling Revolution: Cardboard, Plastic, Aluminum, and Glass

Our green journey ignited with an observation that generated a big impact for us. Starting in February 2019, the Chilean government banned the use of plastic bags for retail and grocery stores across the country. That implied a huge mindset change since that meant you would have to bring your own bags to the store or buy cardboard bags to move your stuff. Then, when we got back to the US one year ago we realized that everytime that we went to the grocery stores we came back with lots of plastic bags (this depends on the town, some have banned plastic bags), which after a few months were accumulating in a closet. Also, the amount of plastic, cardboard, aluminum and glass that we produced every week was massive!


That's when we actively decided to do something about it as a family. We gathered around the recycling bins and sorted cardboard, plastic, aluminum cans, and glass bottles into a spirited competition. Through this simple act, we've slashed our waste output and taken a significant step in addressing global warming.

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Plant-Based Diapers and Climate Pledge-Friendly Baby Wipes

As parents determined to nurture a love for the planet in academic baby, we chose climate pledge-friendly diapers and plant-based baby wipes. These products not only keep our baby comfortable and happy but also reduce our environmental impact.

Pampers pure plant based diapers


The Thriving Hydroponic Oasis

Since temperatures in Boston range from -20 to 35 C (-4 to 95 F) in winter and summer respectively, we systematically failed in the past trying to grow plants in our apartment due to the effect of the AC or heating. Now, we decided to try a different approach and this took us to the creation of our hydroponic garden. This vibrant corner of our kitchen now produces fresh, pesticide-free veggies year-round. Even more importantly, we have started our journey into sustainable food production. It's a win for our family and a win for the environment.


iDOO hydroponic system - Amazon


Composting Crusaders

Composting is our next adventure. However, we are not there yet. There are so many options for this. You can get indoor or outdoor composters. Also, some towns in MA offer a pick up service so you don't have to deal with this once it is done. Kitchen scraps, coffee grounds, and yard clippings may find new life in a compost bin, ultimately transforming into nutrient-rich soil for your thriving garden.

State Efforts Leading to a Green Future

MA has several programs such as the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) Program to support the use of solar energy in the state. Also, there are federal and state programs to support the acquisition of electric vehicles (which in some cases can get up to $7,500 in tax credit). Both of these programs focus not only on reducing the energy bills, but to actively reduce the carbon footprint.


Cool and Efficient: Our AC Setup

Our commitment to energy efficiency extends to our home's AC setup. We use a programmable thermostat that makes it easier to manage temperature adjustments based on our schedule. Setting the AC to a higher temperature (closer to 78°F or 26°C) when you're at home and raising it when you're away can help save on energy costs.

It's a small yet significant step in our journey towards a greener lifestyle.

Compostable Poop Bags: Even Coco Joins the Eco-Party

Our eco-efforts extend to our oldest baby Coco. We've switched to eco-friendly poop bags, ensuring that even his waste is handled in an environmentally responsible way. Another small change that adds up to a significant reduction in plastic waste.


Compostable dog poop bags - Amazon


As you can see we are convinced that small actions, when multiplied by a family's joint effort, can yield monumental results for our environment. Whether it's recycling, composting, sustainable baby products, or embracing solar power and electric cars, every choice counts. We invite you to join us on this journey. Together, we can build a more sustainable world for our families and future generations.


Do you have any eco-friendly practice that we could incorporate in our routine? We read you in the comments below. Follow us on instagram for more tips!


Cheers,

Academic Dad


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