This time around, I have no challenge but to be as good to myself and those around me as I can. I am going to try to get some new readers and keep them posted on what they can do on a day-to-day basis to live the green (or at least greener) life.
And greener is the best I can do. I can only do the best I can and not beat myself up about it.
Last year had a few triumphs and a few failures, such as meat. I have a horrible diet and meat really is my downfall. For now, I am trying to eat less meat, and no meat on Mondays for sure, thanks to the Meatless Mondays campaign. Visit the link for some recipes and to take their pledge to swear off meat at least one day a week.
Another failure was clothes shopping. Jan. 1 pretty much found me at the mall, getting some new shirts. I have kept away from leather, although my attempts at shoe buying have been dismal. Shopping for shoes without leather (or probably any shoes for that matter) over the Internet have not been very successful. And, sadly, Levi’s new Water > Less brand is only available in men’s.
On the flip side, boxed wine is really great. I absolutely love it. Too white trash? Sorry, but there are some good wines out there that come in a box and it’s nice to have one glass (OK, two) with dinner and not worry about wasting the rest of the bottle.
Almost all of my household cleaning products are natural. In fact, baking soda takes care of just about anything. I use it to clean burnt-on pans (Bob was cooking again) and as an exfoliant for my face. And just abut anything in between. We also hardly ever use the clothes dryer. We have a clothes line up in the basement where everything gets hung. When it’s dry, I pop it the dryer on no heat to break up the starchiness and everything is good to go. I think having that extra moisture in the air has helped a lot with my dry skin. The new plants have helped with that as well (thanks, lisa!).
Once the weather gets warmer and there’s more humidity in the air, the clothes line will have to move outside. My undergarments will probable still get strung up in the basement, though.
All in all, last year made me learn a lot of new things about how to live a cleaner life and made me think about what I wanted from that life. I hope this year, and those beyond, will keep that journey going and that I can give others some easy things to do to make their footsteps a little lighter. And, of course, I would love to hear how everyone else manages to stay sane and greener at the same time.
What did we learn on the Web this week, Jen?
This may or may not stay around, but it seemed a good segue this time.
Although it’s probably best to avoid plastic bags completely, sometimes you just need a baggie. But now Ziplocs can be recycled with your plastic shopping bags. It’s better than the landfill, but if you can’t reuse it, then make sure you recycle it.
Last year, I had wanted to write a post about how awesome iPhones are and how many excellent and helpful apps (green or not) there are, but I never got around to it. After an email from a friend asking about my must-have apps, and after I shared my iPhone love with Bob by giving him my old phone when I upgraded, I think the time is near to tackle this subject. And there’s a lot to say!