[box] I thought a nice way to send 2011 packing would be to go in depth and review how I did with each of the 11 goals that I set around this time last year. For the next two weeks or so, you’ll see one of these a day. Some I totally rocked, some, not so much. I’ll end it all by sharing with you my goals for 2012. [/box]
Goal #8: Reduce our environmental impact.
Did I achieve it?
I have to say, I am so happy with how far we’ve come with this goal. Compared to this time last year, we are a much greener household and that excites me to no end! We started off small, but ended up the year with some pretty major lifestyle changes to green-up our home. Here are just a few examples of what we’ve changed over the past year:
- Stopped using disposable items for our lunch packing. We now use fabric napkins, reusable flatware, glass straws, reusable baggies and glass containers.
- Cut back on our use of paper towels by using fabric napkins.
- Changed all of our lightbulbs to CFLs.
- Switched to 100% natural/green cleaning supplies.
- Installed a programmable thermostat.
- Reduced our heating/cooling energy consumption dramatically (we still haven’t turned the heat on!).
- Started using reusable grocery bags for everything. We’ve probably brought a total of 15-20 plastic shopping bags in the house in the past year, and those we keep and reuse.
- Started recycling plastics, paper, cardboard, glass, metal and styrofoam.
- Started composting.
- Tried to take public transportation more (although our dedication to this tends to ebb and flow).
Some of the results of this are incredible. We used to pump out at least two or three full trash bags of waste a week. Thanks to composting and recycling, it takes us all week to just fill up one. I thought switching to reusable lunch-packing stuff would be a pain, but it’s actually been just fine. And the colorful fabric baggies are way more fun than the plastic zip-top bags.
Obviously, there is a ton more we can do, but I’m pretty excited where we are. I at least don’t feel like a totally leech on the society and planet anymore.