Just subbing. We've been working on these things for about a year. We got seriously derailed when dh lost his job and we both started working. that only lasted two months, then it was just me working. so i went from being a SAHM for 3+ years to working full time and DH SAHD for the first time. it has been crazy. so a lot of things went on the back burner--we started using disposable diapers about half the time
buying food in packaging that couldn't be recycled, drying clothes in dryer, etc. We pretty much compacted, buying very, very few new things in 2007. i want to expand it. i was just reading a blog about a lady who bought NO plastic in 2007. it was pretty inspiring. i would like to try to minimize plastic (going no plastic is next to impossible) this year. our big family project at the moment is decluttering. we are going drawer by drawer, area by area, and just getting rid of stuff. getting rid of anything we haven't used in the past year and a half. we are going to be moving into a smaller place and i want it to be boiled down to the least amount of stuff possible. we're moving to a smaller town, and i am hoping we will donate our old, crappy, worthless car (that still runs, so we keep it around) and just have our one car. then i want to get a nice bike trailer (have been meaning to for a year) and mostly bike around town with the kids. that's the goal. the town we live in right now is just big enough to have it be daunting to try to not drive.
anyway, stuff our family does:
CD (except when we are really stressed/busy)
compost in regular compost earth machine
not buying new stuff, not buying much at all
getting rid of everything, decluttering
dishes by hand
clean mostly everything with vinegar, borax, baking soda or dr bronners
dont use disposable anything (no napkins, paper towels, tampons, coffee filters, etc.)
havent set foot in a mall or big box store in like 2 years
clothes for kids are all hand-me-downs, which then get handed down again
toys for kids are all hand me downs.
we do other stuff, too, just can't think of anything. i'm thinking about giving away all the kids toys that are plastic and only keeping nice, wooden toys. we have enough of them now that it would be a good amount of toys for them to have. i need to let go of this idea that they need a certain amount of toys. they have so much crap! the house would be easier to clean, too, if they didn't have nearly so much. especially the annoying kinds of toys with 1000s of little plastic pieces.