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New Year Resolutions
Tis the season for reflection and goal setting.It’s that time of year again that we evaluate how far we’ve come and envision where we want to go.Over the past several years I have been incorporating green living and minimalism principles in an effort to improve the quality of my life and total health.My overarching goals this year are to simplify all areas of my life, be happy, and save money while protecting the planet as best I can.
Green living is a personal journey of living with intent. For me, that means taking tiny steps each day that have a big impact over time. This year, I am going to make a few changes to my typical routine that will help me achieve my goals of saving money, improving my health, and protecting the planet. Some of the changes I plan to make this year are a bit more out of my comfort zone than switching out my soaps or household cleaners.
In the past 5 years, I’ve already greened my laundry routine by switching to ceramic washing balls and reusable dryer sheets which has saved me money and time while eliminating my exposure to harsh chemicals and preventing all sorts of waste. It’s been such a win-win that I’ve even gifted reusable green living supplies to my mom & sister for the holidays.
I’ve also cleaned up my personal care products by swapping out my traditional makeup for an eco friendly version. To take that a step further, I reduced the amount of times I wear makeup allowing me to purchase it a less frequently saving me time & money while conserving resources.
I’ve greened my bathroom by swapping out my traditional shampoos, conditioners, soaps, toothpaste and toothbrush for eco-friendly versions that are better for my health, my wallet, and the planet.
I’ve been on this journey for a while constantly evaluating my consumer habits and trying to make eco-conscious decisions. But, it seems that I notice more environmental challenges each day that need better solutions. For the moment I have identified 5 things I want to accomplish. These things are not necessarily lofty, but they are a bit out of my comfort zone and challenging while still being reasonable.
Here are my green living goals for this quarter:
1. All natural nail care
2. Sustainable ear wax removal
3. Reusable bags (for all occasions)
4. Reusable beverage containers
5. Sustainable feminine care products
In addition to these 5 goals, I plan on switching to a safety razor and adding more organic clothing to my wardrobe as it's needed.
Stay tuned to learn more about how I plan to execute each of my 5 defined goals and why they are important to me and the planet. I’ll also be adding to these goals as the year progresses.
Did you know? Within the average household electric dryers account for 6-10% of energy consumption. National Hanging Out Day was established in 1955 to bring attention to energy waste associated with machine dryers and to encourage people to dry their clothes in the open air. Whether we like it or not, chores are an essential part of life and one of those essential, modern day chores is laundry.A simple way to green or laundry routine is to get back to basics and line dry our items.The sun acts as a natural antimicrobial agent so using a clothesline outside when the weather allows is good for your health.For indoor drying you can use a clothes rack.No matter the location of your drying clothes with each load of laundry you’ll be conserving energy and protecting the planet. If you must use a dryer for your clothes, you can conserve energy by keeping your duct clean and well maintained.Using an efficient model of dryer can help conserve energy and water, saving you money.Plus, efficient mod…
Keep America Beautiful (KAB)is a nonprofit organization that has been inspiring and educating people to take consistent action to help beautify their community environments since 1953. April has been designated 'Keep America Beautiful' month since the 1970's and KAB uses this month to celebrate the hard work of their state and community based affiliates, local partners, businesses, public offices, and millions of volunteers who make a difference through their environmental initiatives.
With their corporate, non-profit, and education partners KAB supports several campaigns such as cars to donate, cigarrette litter prevention, the great American clean up, and the give and go move out program. All of their campaigns are designed to help build and sustain vibrant communities.
I encourage all of you to do a little research this month and see what KAB programs you can get your community involved in.
Spring is the time of year when the winter fantasies of gardeners everywhere start to become reality. As the bulbs start blooming and the leaves start budding, garden lovers everywhere become excited to help along yet another year of beautiful flowers and luscious plants. What better time, then, to consider the most eco friendly ways we can do that?
Rain is easy to take for granted, but we sure miss it in our garden when we suffer a dry spell. Why not collect rain water when it's in abundance during a storm and save it for the day you'll need it? That's exactly what rainwater barrels do for you. You can set them up under your gutters, and they can collect up to sixty gallons of rain depending on their size. Then, when the skies are blue and there is not a cloud in sight you can release the water through your hose and right to your plants when they really need it.
Plants and flowers love compost, which delivers life-nourishing organic matter right where they need it most. You…