I cruise this board often but rarely post, however; our family is planning to live in an rv for a couple years to save up to purchase land and build debt free a little at a time. I've done tons of research about making rv's eco friendly but what I really need is product referrals. I want to eliminate as many VOC's as possible and rvs are notorious for off gassing formaldehyde. I want to pull up the carpets and lay down natural flooring but not hardwood which is where I run into problems. We live in a house with all hardwoods right now and while beautiful, I have a little toddler who gets hurt more times than you could imagine and has no interest in walking because it hurts too much to fall :). His poor knees are always scrapped up and we have just come to realize that while we love hardwoods they might be best for later in life. I can't find any affordable carpeting options though that are natural fibers and won't off gas formaldehyde. The cheapest I found was 50.00 a square foot and we don't have that kind of money. Any suggestions?
Second question, how do you get past parents that will not approve our your lifestyle? I have always desired my parent's approval, I don't know how to turn that part of me "off". We have told my husband's parents our plans to live in an rv and they are fine with it, though not crazy about it, but we have not told my parents because we are certain of their reactions. They will tell us it is irresponsible parenting to raise children in such small living conditions. They already think we are cruel parents because we keep telling them to stop buying our kids so many things because we don't have room for them in the house we are currently renting. It is a three bedroom house and they think it isn't "quite making it" because it is small and in the country. I don't plan on not living in the rv because of my parent's reactions I guess I am just looking for advice on how to move past hurting so much at their disapproval. Anyone in this boat? What helps? They already take issue with us over homeschooling, not using birth control, cloth diapers, the food we don't let our kids eat, etc, etc. To them, children not having their own private rooms and toys is abuse. UGH! Help?!