In a recent Q&A with mbg lifestyle, Bryce gives us an inside glance on how she keeps her home life eco-friendly. Starting with the switch shortly after her son was born, Bryce had made a significant change to go green.
Bryce gave mbg lifestyle four ways she keeps her family eco-friendly:
1. Lighten your laundry load.
First things first, Howard always tries to use natural, plant-based products around her children—especially if it’s something that’s eventually going to end up on their skin, like a detergent. The trick is finding ones that actually work and sticking with them.
“Early on with my son, I was getting frustrated because there are some serious stains that happen with newborns. I ended up washing and rewashing a lot of his clothes and ultimately not being able to donate them—needing to throw them out—because the stains were so bad.” Luckily, she’s found that these days, it’s easier to find natural products that are efficacious and don’t cost a fortune.
She opts for Tide purclean, Tide’s first plant-based detergent that’s ultra-concentrated, free of dyes, and made in a facility that uses 100% renewable wind power. Switching over to a solution like this (and making sure to use cold water instead of hot in the wash) has helped her run her machine less and majorly cut down on her water and energy footprint.
2. Shop secondhand.
“I try to donate my clothes, and I purchase the majority of them from consignment shops,” Howard says. “That way, I’m buying things that are gently used for myself, my husband, and my family, and that action can add up over time. It’s way cheaper as well!”
3. Vote with your dollar.
You’ve heard it before, and it still holds true: As consumers, we hold a lot of power. By supporting companies that align with your sustainable values, you’re sending the message to entire industries to clean up their act if they want to attract customers. “What you invest your money in makes a massive impact,” Howard echoes.
4. When it comes to kids, lead by example.
When it comes to teaching her kids about the importance of things like turning off the lights when a room isn’t in use, bringing reusable bags on family grocery runs, or limiting shower time, Howard says it’s a matter of leading by example and stressing the importance of every natural resource: “I tell them the same way you would handle something like a diamond is how we need to be having a relationship with nature, water, and food. Protecting these things is the most important thing in the world.”