Inspired by Sara's post on green living goals for 2010 over at Handy Hooker I thought I'd jot out my own here as well. It's something I've been thinking about a bit anyway, with the new house and all . . .
Sustainable/Green Living 2010 Goals
2. Continue learning about/adding/working on our compost. The Husband built me a compost area - we're about 2 months into adding to it. I'd like to spend the winter reading up on 'proper' composting some more and really get this one working for us for the summer.
Haven't used the wipes in several weeks, still using some chemicals (lysol in the shower where kitty poops - ew!) but have decreased dramatically.
5.Get back into a meal planning/grocery shopping routine. I've been out of sync since we've moved. I just haven't gotten back into a good groove. I'm wasting gas on multiple store trips (and we don't live 5 minutes from one anymore!!) My meal planning and dinners have suffered for it too.
6. Reduce our trash. Our actual trash output is really pretty low for a family of 4. We're still producing a lot of recyclables though. I'd like to get us down to a bag a week of trash (sometimes we're at that now) and one bin (or less!) of recyclables.
7. More canning. I learned this year, a couple of jams and lots of apples. Tomatoes next year. And after that . . . I already have my eye on a pressure canner . . . ;)
8. Donate things I no longer need. I'm a bit of a pack rat. I need to let go of things that our family and our home don't have a use for anymore, and pass them on to people who do.
9. Kevin is (supposedly) going to learn to hunt (with a friend of ours who does). Not really my goal - but I'll cook it, so it counts!
Things I do already that I am pretty proud of
1. Grow a portion of our own food
2. Have learned to can
3. Have HE appliances (ok, they came with the house, but I'm still claiming it!)
4. Have started the compost
5. Watch our water usage (mostly because we'll run out our well, but hey - I'm still aware of how much water we use! We have had to make adjustments!) This includes less flushes, like Sara over at Handy Hooker.
6. Are using wood heat
7. Are conscientious about electrical usage. (ok, also because NIMO is charging us double our bill for "delivery charges"!)
8. Eat a mostly local diet most of the year. Make continuous efforts to buy from local farmers and businesses with humane practices.
9. Use a Diva Cup
10. Buy most items second hand. Books, clothing, toys etc . . . (of course, this tends to contribute to the aforementioned clutter. I'm a thrift store junkie)
11. Handmake various items, clothing, toys, blankets, pillows, decorative.
12. Make our own wine and beer.
13. Use energy efficient bulbs throughout the house.
14. Only buy recycled toilet paper
15. We don't buy paper towels or napkins. On the very rare occasions that we do use them, we buy eco-friendly brands.
Things I may never change
1. Gas usage. We don't live close to - anything. The Husband is in school an hour from where we live. We travel fairly often for music- either for The Husbands band: Boots N Shorts or to see live music/festivals.
2. Long (ok, not as long with the well) hot showers. I loves them.
3. Stop my magazine subscription. Know what's a little ironic about that? I subscribe to Mother Earth News. I can't help it, I really like physically having the magazine to look through - it's just not the same online. I already do so much online, it's nice to break away and have some tea and read a magazine.
I've come a long, long way from that 23 year old just looking to stretch her meager dollar a little further. What started as a way to save pennies has turned into a lifestyle for our family. Again, the choices aren't always cheaper - but most times they are and when they are more expensive, I find they are more than worth the cost in the long run.
The move we made this summer has increased our foot print in some ways (like gas for travelling) but overall will lead to us living a more sustainable, simple lifestyle. It's going to be an adventure for sure - and I'm so looking forward to it.
I'm glad Sara posted this blog when she did, with the holidays and the new year coming, it's a great time to get your goals set back in line.
What about you? Any plans or "green" goals for the next year?
PS I've never been a fan of the term "green" and hate that it's become so easy to use. It seems like such a marketing ploy, a trend, doesn't it? And we all know what happens with trends . . .