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Hopefully you’ve set some green goals or made a green resolution for this year. There are always changes we can make and steps we can take to move ourselves and our families toward a healthier, simpler and more natural lifestyle.
For myself, I made a list of green changes that I want to make this year. It’s kind of an ongoing list, some of these things I rolled over from my list last year, because I didn’t get to them for one reason or another, and I know that I will add more things to the list as the year goes on and I learn and grow more and more on my journey toward living green and living frugally.
I already shared last week on Green…Your Way about setting green goals, so if you need a place to start, I’d encourage you to head over there to read my post.
Today, though, I wanted to share my “Changes I Want to Make” list with you. Because who doesn’t love a good list!
My 2011 “Green Changes to Make” List
- Composting – this one is a leftover from last year. I tried to get started with composting last summer, but it flopped because I was waiting on my hubs to make me a compost bin. I still have faith that he’s going to make me one this year, but even if he doesn’t, I want to make sure that I start composting.
- Low Flow Shower Head – another one left over from last year. We kept saying we were going to go buy one and install it, but for some reason it just didn’t happen. I’d like to complete this one by the end of this month.
- Decrease Disposables even more – we’ve signigicantly decreased the amount of paper products that we use and throw away, but we still create a lot of garbage. I want to figure out ways to decrease our disposables, reuse and repurpose items, and use even more reusable items.
- Research plastics and move away from plastics in kitchen – this one has been in the back of my mind for a while, but I just haven’t taken the time to dive in and research it better. I’m also a little overwhelmed about moving away from plastics in my kitchen because I just wonder what else I can use, but I know there are better alternatives and I just need to put the time and energy into making this change.
- Make sourdough starter - I tried this one last year, and failed miserably. I don’t know what happened, but it was gross! I would love to learn to bake with sourdough and love even more to make a starter from scratch in my own kitchen!
- Use the Oil Cleansing Method for washing my face - I tried this once last year with terrible results, but recently started doing it again back in December with a much better reaction this time. I want to keep it going for another month or two to make sure that it will really work well for my skin in the long run. I’ll be sharing more about this in a few weeks.
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- Find more natural and safe makeup – I’ve made a lot of changes to my personal care products, but one change I haven’t made yet is my makeup. Granted, I don’t wear makeup as often as I used to, and when I do wear it, I use less than I used to, so that is a small start. But, I still use the same brands of drugstore make up I always have.
One reason I haven’t made this change yet is because I don’t wear makeup as often, I still have makeup left that I feel like I need to use up before searching for a new kind. And also the few times that I have looked, I get sticker shock because natural brands of makeup are definitely pricier than drug store brands. But, I know it’s important to make sure that what I’m putting on my face is safe, and since I use less makeup now, it will last me for a long time, which helps me justify the cost. I’m hoping to make this change in the next month or two.
- Switch to reusable menstrual products - (If you are male, please stop reading now!) I didn’t have to worry about this one too much last year because my cycle didn’t return until my son was 14 months old. But now that it’s back, I know that it’s time to try out cloth mama pads and probably the diva cup too. To help get me started my sister bought be a gift certificate for Go With The Flow pads for Christmas. I won’t say too much more about it, but it’s definitely a change that we as women need to think about and look into.
- Expand my garden - I’m so excited about my garden this year. My hubs was hard at work this fall landscaping our front yard with beautiful rock walls an planting beds, as well as setting aside a large area in the front yard for me to use as my garden! I’ve already started planning where my beds will go, and what plants I want to grow, including planting some fruits like strawberries and raspberries, as well as an herb garden. I learned a lot from my garden last year, mostly that I didn’t have near enough space, so I’m excited this year to have a lot more space to work with, even though I know that I still have a lot to learn!
- Eat more local food - Besides my garden, I also want to do a better job of eating more local food. I was a regular at our farmer’s market every week this summer, but I didn’t do a great job of putting up food to eat throughout the year. I want to try my hand at canning, and do more freezing and possibly other types of preserving this year by buying more foods in bulk when they are local and in season and putting them up to eat later on in the year.
I’m excited about the changes that I plan to make this year, and hope to look back at the end of the year and be able to say that I accomplished all of my goals. It helps to write them out and share them publicly with all of you!
I’m sure I will be sharing more about these goals as I tackle them throughout the year, so I’d encourage you to subscribe to e-mail updates, or in a reader, to be sure you don’t miss a single post. You can also connect with me on Twitter and Facebook!
Now, I want to hear from you! What are your Green Goals for 2011?