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#1 of 89 Old 01-17-2007, 01:22 PM - Thread Starter
 
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There has been some interest in creating a "Green Living Challenge". A spinoff to this thread (come join us there too!)
http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=573209

so here it is!!

This thread is where you can post the things you are working on each month to live a more green lifetstyle.

here's me;

-install clothesline
-order hankies and not buy any more kleenex
-recycle more diligently
-trying to teach my almost 3yo what wasting energy means (I can only try ) he like to turn every light on in the house at night! drives me nuts!

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January's project for me has been to train myself and my husband to turn lights off when we leave the room, even if it's for just a few minutes.

We had thought that because we use fluoros, we weren't supposed to turn them off for just a few minutes because we'd always been told that the startup energy for a fluoro makes it more energy efficient to not shut them off and on too much.

But then a recent Mythbusters episode showed that with ANY kind of bulb, if you're going to be out of the room for more than something like 23 seconds, you save more energy turning it off.

They also tested to see if repeated switching on and off reduces the life of the bulb, and the answer was effectively no...not unless you're flashing the thing hundreds and hundreds of times per day.

So far I'm doing pretty good, but my husband, not so much...not out of lack of desire to do right, simply out of forgetfulness.

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I'm in!!
Here are the the things that I am currently working on

Using canvas bags at the grocery
swiching to cloth mama pads
keeping lights off when room not in use
not buying anything new
decluttering while respecting the earth (donate what ever possible)

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Hooray - I'm in!!

I'm trying to live greener and more frugally, so this is a multi-faceted thing for me. As I'm decluttering, my DH is seeing that maybe we don't need a bigger house. Smaller house=smaller footprint!

I walk for most of our errands, but it is SO COLD some days and I feel like crap dragging the kids along in the wagon with the wind whipping at them. Still, we live close to town, so I make the best of it and make some hot cocoa when we get home. If I do have to drive, I bundle up errands - good for the earth and my wallet.

One other thing I've started this month is keep the thermostat set low. At night it goes down to 60 (I think we could go lower) and during the day I try to keep it at 63-66. It's been working well so far, and we're getting good use of our sweaters!

Does buying used count? I try to get most of the kids clothes secondhand, and generally not buy so much.

Not sure how much of this counts as "green," "frugal," or "decluttering/simplifying"... but I figure it's all good!
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- Switching to cloth grocery bags. (Bought them already, just waiting to arrive.)

- FINALLY taking my 3 boxes to Goodwill?!!

- Switching to mama cloth and cloth napkins. (Actually, we already switched the napkins.)

- Always reminding dd to not open the fridge and turn lights off when not in use.

- Looking into areators.

- BUYING ALL ORGANIC. (We've kinda been struggling with this since our biggest HFS is a bit over priced but, we've decided to just 'bite the bullet' and make ourselves afford it all. Which, I'm soo happy about.)

- Taking less baths. (Dd usually takes baths but we're stopping that for a few reasons. A) because I think it's making her skin really dry --city water--and B) it wastes more water. SO, quick showers it is and maybe once a month she can have a bath or something.

- Eating more raw! (This is one of our main resolutions)

- Walking more, driving less.


OK- I think that's my list....for now.
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January Goals

* Eliminate all plastic and disposable plates, cups, and silverwear.
* Take the bus instead of driving
* Use cloth napkins
* Open my blinds and use natural light as much as possible
* Give away all my cleaning products and just use vinegar and baking soda for everything
* Reduce junk mail
* Buy a more natural soap for hand washing
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Joining in (thanks Rainbowmoon!).

My January goals from my blog...
1. Declutter 400 items (mostly donate)
2. Switch to cloth tp
3. Change out lightbulbs to cf (we already have them)
4. Use cloth bags for shopping
5. Use paper bags (from work) for trashing kitty litter
6. Switch cats to Innova Evo catfood (from Trader Joe's small bags and Science Diet C/D...not great in terms of waste and what's going into their bodies)
7. Make more purchases locally,from small stores
8. Ride bike to work more often
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Oops! I didn't catch it fast enough to create the 2nd post for our running list of changes we're making/have made! So I'll just post it here tonight when I get a chance.

rainbowmoon, can you create a link in the first post to this one once I get a list running?

ETA: Alright, here's our list! I tried to group similar goals. Let me know if I missed anything or got anything wrong!

Updated through post 75

Working on...

Reduce
  • Use clothesline/hang clothes for drying: rainbowmoon, swimswamswum, velochic, mystic~mama, thomlynn
  • Teach DC what wasting energy means: rainbowmoon
  • Remind family to not open the fridge, turn lights off when not in use, etc: mousemadeslings
  • Turn lights off when leaving a room, even if it's for just a few minutes: kimberlychapman, MyLittleWarrior, hlkm2e, vannienicole, Earth Angel, mousemadeslings, thomlynn
  • Keep the thermostat set low: streuselmama, Mamatohaleybug
  • Look into aerators: EcoMama7
  • Open blinds and use natural light as much as possible: SweetAfton
  • Reduce junk mail: SweetAfton, Earth Angel, greenmansions
  • Change out lightbulbs to compact fluorescent/energy efficient: hlkm2e, Crunchie, doulalove, mousemadeslings, Shanna4000
  • Turn water off while brushing teeth: hlkm2e
  • Use less paper products: Crunchie
  • Read more, less TV: vannienicole
  • Rinse dishes immediately after using them: vannienicole
  • Reuse/rewear linens/clothes that aren't dirty: Earth Angel, Mamatohaleybug
  • If it's yellow, let it mellow: Mamatohaleybug
  • Decrease garbage: mugglemom, doulalove, thomlynn
  • Be more mindful of how much water we're using: mystic~mama
  • Handwash dishes: thomlynn
  • Sweep daily so vacuuming isn't as necessary: thomlynn

Reuse
  • Use canvas bags at the grocery store: MyLittleWarrior, G-love, vannienicole, ItyBty, mugglemom, greenmansions
  • Eliminate all disposable plates, cups, and silverware: SweetAfton, ItyBty
  • Use cloth hankies and not buy any more kleenex: rainbowmoon, Earth Angel
  • Use cloth napkins: SweetAfton, calicocj, snozzberry, ItyBty, MrsMike
  • Use cloth towels for cleaning: velochic
  • Switch to cloth mama pads: MyLittleWarrior, anniebee, ItyBty, MrsMike, Shanna4000
  • Switch to cloth tp/family cloth: frogguruami, greenmansions
  • Cut down on tp usage: mystic~mama
  • Switch to cloth diapers/increase their use: Pyratekk, hlkm2e, Crunchie, MrsMike, greenmansions
  • Switch to a diva cup/keeper: Pyratekk
  • Switch to cloth wipes: greenmansions, mystic~mama
  • Stop using paper towels/switch to reusable linens: G-love, calicocj, MrsMike
  • Rinse/reuse plastic bags for food storage/freezing: whitedoyle
  • Find new ways to reuse what we have: mystic~mama
  • Reuse grey water: thomlynn

Recycle
  • Recycle more diligently: rainbowmoon
  • Pick up recyclables on the ground: mystic~mama
  • Sort/store trash for recycling: melissa17s
  • Buy milk in returnable bottles: whitedoyle

Simplify
  • Simplify, declutter, donate: MyLittleWarrior, Crunchie, vannienicole, Earth Angel, anniebee, mousemadeslings, MrsMike, melissa17s, mystic~mama, thomlynn
  • Don't buy anything new unless absolutely necessary/only buy necessities: MyLittleWarrior, vannienicole, Mamatohaleybug, whitedoyle
  • Have a no-buy week once a month: doulalove
  • Take donations to Goodwill: EcoMama7
  • Shop at thrift stores more often: Crunchie
  • Buy items to make from scratch rather than premade: whitedoyle
  • Buy more in bulk: doulalove

Safe Home and Body Care
  • Buy a more natural soap for hand washing: SweetAfton
  • Switch to all natural body care products: Pyratekk, mousemadeslings, ItyBty
  • Switch to earth-friendly/homemade cleaners: doulalove, G-love, mousemadeslings, SweetAfton, ItyBty, greenmansions
  • Get rid of particleboard furniture in the house: snozzberry
  • Replace all Teflon pots and pans with stainless and cast iron: ItyBty
  • Replace plastic tupperware with glass storage containers: whitedoyle

Food/Gardening
  • Compost (or compost more): frogguruami, calicocj, Mamatohaleybug, snozzberry, ItyBty, Shanna4000, velochic
  • Eat more (or all) organic/natural: Pyratekk, mousemadeslings
  • Budget to afford more organic: thomlynn
  • Eat more raw: mousemadeslings
  • Buy local foods when it's an option: greenmansions
  • Switch pets to better food: MrsMike
  • Research a CSA and join: hlkm2e, calicocj
  • Make homemade yogurt: G-love
  • Breastfeed: Crunchie
  • Can and freeze: Crunchie
  • Get ready for/research/start gardening: frogguruami, hlkm2e, Crunchie, swimswamswum
  • Make garden bigger to grow more veggies: ItyBty
  • Make homemade pizza: thomlynn

Transportation
  • Walk more, drive less: ItyBty, mugglemom, whitedoyle
  • Take the bus more instead of driving: SweetAfton, vannienicole
  • Ride bike more often: swimswamswum
  • Check tire pressure monthly to improve mileage: mugglemom

: Mulling over for the Future

Reduce
  • Change out lightbulbs to compact fluorescent: Pyratekk

Reuse
  • Start using only reusable bags for groceries and other places: Pyratekk
  • Consider hankies: doulalove
  • Switch to a diva cup/keeper: doulalove

Safe Home and Body Care
  • Use more green/recycled building materials and furnishings: greenmansions

Food/Gardening
  • Practice native gardening and limit watering: doulalove
  • Increase size of organic veggie garden & plant some fruit trees: doulalove
  • Plant a few flowering trees: doulalove
  • Become a vegetarian: Pyratekk
  • Cut other ickies out of food besides HFCS and (P)HO: Pyratekk
  • Grow a couple of things: Pyratekk

Transportation
  • Replace old car with a hybrid: greenmansions

Etc
  • Write a Living Green article for the internal weekly newsletter at work: snozzberry

Check!

Reduce
  • Switched lightbulbs to compact fluorescent/efficient: swimswamswum, whitedoyle, scbegonias
  • Put microwave on a power strip for easy on/off: doulalove
  • Reducing junk mail (a lifetime process): doulalove
  • Got off credit card offer lists: greenmansions
  • Using a wood-burning furnace with trees that have been felled by natural forces: Crunchie
  • Microwaving instead of starting the oven/stove to warm things up: swimswamswum
  • Turning lights off when leaving a room: swimswamswum
  • Turning thermostat way down at night/when gone: swimswamswum, whitedoyle
  • Unplugging unused appliances: swimswamswum
  • Turning off computer overnight: whitedoyle
  • Reuse/rewear linens/clothes that aren't dirty: swimswamswum
  • Using indoor drying rack: swimswamswum
  • Replaced furnace/appliances: greenmansions
  • Installed low-e windows with fiberglass frames: greenmansions
  • Reminding family to not open the fridge, turn lights off when not in use, etc: EcoMama7
  • Taking fewer baths: EcoMama7
  • Developed a routine for shutting down electronics at night: mousemadeslings
  • If it's yellow, letting it mellow: scbegonias

Reuse
  • Switched to cloth napkins/towels: EcoMama7, doulalove, swimswamswum, whitedoyle, greenmansions, thomlynn
  • Switched to cloth hankies: swimswamswum, whitedoyle, thomlynn
  • Switched to cloth tp/family cloth: doulalove, anniebee, mousemadeslings, scbegonias
  • Using canvas bags at the grocery store: doulalove, Crunchie, swimswamswum, snozzberry, EcoMama7, whitedoyle, mousemadeslings, Shanna4000, scbegonias
  • Using canvas bags at the farmer's market: greenmansions
  • Reusing produce bags: greenmansions
  • Packing lunches with re-usable materials and water bottles: swimswamswum
  • Bringing coffee/tea from home in reusable mugs: swimswamswum
  • Switched to diva cup/cloth mama pads: Crunchie, swimswamswum, whitedoyle, greenmansions, EcoMama7
  • Switched to cloth diapers/increased their use: whitedoyle
  • Switched to cloth wipes: anniebee
  • Using the library more: Shanna4000, snozzberry
  • Using paper bags for trashing kitty litter: scbegonias

Recycle
  • Recycling anything possible: Crunchie, snozzberry, whitedoyle
  • Using recycled paper goods: snozzberry

Simplify
  • Simplifying, decluttering, donating: scbegonias
  • Buying used/secondhand: streuselmama
  • Not buying too much: streuselmama
  • Making more purchases locally, from small stores: scbegonias, whitedoyle

Safe Home and Body Care
  • Used low/no-VOC eco-friendly paint: doulalove, snozzberry
  • Using natural cleaning products: Crunchie, snozzberry, thomlynn
  • Replaced Teflon pots and pans with cast iron or stainless steel pots and pans: snozzberry, greenmansions
  • Replaced plastic tupperware with glass storage containers: snozzberry, greenmansions
  • Washing face with honey: snozzberry
  • Replaced mattress with natural latex mattress: snozzberry
  • Switched to non-plastic water bottles: snozzberry
  • Switched to all natural body care products: snozzberry
  • Reduced overall use of plastic: greenmansions

Food/Gardening
  • Composting: doulalove, Crunchie, swimswamswum, whitedoyle, greenmansions, thomlynn
  • Gardening: thomlynn
  • Eating vegetarian/vegan: Crunchie, snozzberry, vannienicole
  • Eating vegetarian some of the time: swimswamswum
  • Eating a lot of organic: Crunchie, snozzberry, EcoMama7, thomlynn
  • Eating more raw: EcoMama7
  • Eating out only once in a while: snozzberry
  • Cooking from scratch as much as possible: Crunchie
  • Keeping goats for milk: Crunchie
  • Keeping hens for eggs: Crunchie
  • Buying local when it's an option: swimswamswum, thomlynn
  • Switched pets to better food: snozzberry, scbegonias

Transportation
  • Walking for most errands or combining errands if driving: streuselmama, whitedoyle
  • Offset car's carbon footprint: doulalove
  • Driving a small/fuel-efficient car: Crunchie, snozzberry
  • Walking/carpooling when it's an option: swimswamswum, EcoMama7
  • Driving as little as possible: vannienicole
  • Started a carpooling group at eRideShare: snozzberry
  • Take the bus more instead of driving: greenmansions
  • Riding bike more often: scbegonias

Etc
  • Participating in utility company's green energy program: snozzberry
  • Got children's books to encourage DC to follow in footsteps: doulalove
  • Offset family's carbon footprint: snozzberry

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This is what I am in the middle of changing and hope to change as soon as I can:


Things "in progress":
~ Switching over to eating all organic/natural. This is just being held up by Alex getting or not getting this new job. Because if he gets it we won't be able to afford it in the beginning. I'll still eat that way, but we won't be able to afford it for both of us - and he doesn't care either way.
~ Switching over to cloth diapers. I still use disposables at night, and I'm waiting until I get more diapers because right now I don't have enough to last more than a half day or so. And I can't wash them twice a day lol.
~ Switching over to all natural bodycare products. Already am almost done with this, just waiting on the order I made for the stuff from BB, KMF, JNP, and 7G to come in.
~ I have a divacup in the mail, just waiting for it to arrive Smile



In the future:
~ I may become a vegetarian again, not sure about this one yet.
~ Hope to switch to CFL bulbs.
~ Want to cut other ickies out of our food besides HFCS and (P)HO.
~ Hope to start using only reusable bags for groceries and other places.
~ Even if we stay in the apartment I want to grow a couple of things. I'm thinking of buying the planters and putting them in the big window of my living room.
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this morning i made out a list of what green things i was already doing, what i've done since the Green Living Tribe started & what i plan on doing. it was a great little exercise. my "green goals" list is on the fridge so i can constantly keep tabs on my next step. anyway....

what i've changed :
* cloth TP/napkins
* canvas shopping bags
* composting in winter, not just in good weather
* continued the switch to CFL's
* put microwave on a power strip for easy on/off
* off-set car's co2
* used my first gallon of eco-paint
* still working on decreasing junk mail (a lifetime process)
* got a few children's books to encourage my girls to follow in my footsteps

what i plan on doing:
* homemade cleaners when current ones run out (i tried this in the past but got lazy...ready to recommit!)
* native gardening (and taking the hose away from my husband in the summer because "watering" is therapeutic to him...drives me batty!)
* increase size of organic veggie garden & plant some fruit trees
* plant a few flowering trees, too!
* consciously work on decreasing garbage (i was inspired by someone's post on the teeny tiny amount of garbage they have! we recycle everything possible but why do we still have so much garbage?)
* consider hankies! but y'all know my struggle with snot....
* diva cup when i start menstruating again...i've been pregnant & breastfeeding for almost 4 years.

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Oops! I didn't catch it fast enough to create the 2nd post for our running list of changes we're making/have made! So I'll just post it here tonight when I get a chance.

rainbowmoon, can you create a link in the first post to this one once I get a list running?
sure! or PM it and I can c + p it!

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ok here are mine.

Family cloth - I am the only one using it but I did start. Is working great.

Start composting - That will be completed this weekend

Get area ready for gardening - starting to work on that also.

That is what I have for this month.
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I'll join!

Here are my January Challenge's. Most of these are things I have been working on since joining the Green Tribe.
  • turn out lights EVERYTIME I leave a room
  • Replace bightbulbs with CFL's
  • Stop using sposie's when I feel lazy, I have a cupboard full of CD's
  • finish researching a CSA for the spring and sign up
  • finish research on having a garden
  • And finally, work on turning the water off while I brush my teeth. I know it sounds simple, but you know how some of you have a snot thing, well to me the sound of brushing teeth is like fingernails on a chalkboard and I've always used the sound of the water to drown it out.
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Count me in! I love that it's just for January, so I don't have to overhaul everything all at once.
I've been working on:
*no more paper towels (using rags/ old cloth wipes)
*earth-friendly cleaning products (ideally homemade)
*homemade yogurt (less cartons to recycle, tho the machine is a new purchase, which maybe isn't so eco-friendly with packing and shipping...)
*using canvas totes for grocery shopping (it's still hard to remember them every time)
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Ooohhh can I join?? I'm brand new here!! But I'm good and crunchy (see, my screen name even says so!!)!!

I love living green, but there's a lot more I could do. So far, my husband and I:

*Have been veg for 10 years
*Eat a lot of organic, and cook from scratch as much as possible (have a microwave, but maybe use it once a month, if that)
*Compost (from our horses. lots and lots of manure)
*Have goats for milk (ok, this one is only half there, no milk yet)
*Keep our own hens for eggs (fed organically)
*Use cloth bags (when I remember them...)
*Use cloth pads (tried a diva cup--not to be too graphic, but it, ummm, got lost? kind of scary!)
*Drive a small car (we have a pickup for farm stuff, but only use it when necessary. we live in too rural of an area to bike anywhere)
*Recycle. a lot.
*Use a wood-burning furnace with wood from our own farm, and only from trees that have been felled by natural forces (I don't think burning wood is exactly eco-friendly as far as emissions go, but I think it's better than oil?)
*Use natural cleaning products

Things I need to work on or things I intend to do:

*When our first child is born (June 2007!) I plan to cloth diaper and breastfeed
*Get my garden going again, and can and freeze
*Shop at thrift stores more often
*Use less paper products
*Simplify and de-clutter! Stuff happens, and rarely by accident--I need to reduce my "consumerism"! Not bad now, but could be better for sure.
*Switch all light bulbs to energy-efficient types

So my challenge to myself for January, since some of the above can't happen for a while (gardening, for instance!) would be to start stashing my cloth diapers, use less paper products, look for baby clothes at thrift stores first, and start switching my light bulbs and de-cluttering.

I'm sure there's more that I can't think of right now. Great thread! I love reading everyone's ideas to be more green. It's inspiring!

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Thanks for starting us up Rainbowmoon!

Here are my big 3 for January:
1. start composting
2. cloth napkins and no more paper towels
3. find CSA to join

we'll see how those go!

Good luck everyone!

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We're doing these things:
cloth pads (and diva cup)/ hankies/ towels/ napkins
buying local foods (our co-op is doing the "100 mile challenge") when it's an option
eating veg for 1/2 the time
cloth shopping bags
microwaving instead of starting the oven/stove to warm things up
turning off lights
turning thermostat way down at night/ when we're gone
composting
unplug unused appliances
walking/carpooling when it's an option
re-wearing clothes that aren't dirty
packing lunches with re-usable materials and water bottles
bringing coffee/tea from home in reusable mugs
use indoor drying rack
efficient lightbulbs

When it gets warmer, we will:
bike
garden
hang clothes outside
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Thanks rainbowmoon and snozberry for starting this and compiling the info in the beginning

Just subbing for now, supposed to be cooking dinner
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oops! i misunderstood the "january challenge" part of it. this is only my goals for the month of january?

i guess my goals are:

finish switching over to CFL's
homemade cleaning products

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My goals for Jaunary (probably will just continue into each month through the year, but may change)...

1. Declutter 750 items (almost halfway there) and donate whenever possible
2. Read 2 books a month on top of my school books (less TV!)
3. Rinse dishes immediately after using them (no soaking needed...less water)
4. Not buying anything new (unless absolutely necessary)
5. Turning off lights when I leave a room (I am terrible at this)
6. Use canvas bags at the commissary (I used to do this everytime )
7. Driving less and taking the bus more (hard with my sciatic pain, but I am trying)

There I go...now to follow through!
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OK, I have a bit more time now

For Jan I am working on:

~ Switching to cloth hankies (gonna make some real nice, special fleece ones for the boys out of some leftover material....Dh and I get old bandanas )

~ Running through my house crazily turning off lights as my 2 yr old is experimenting with light switches right now....and DH and oldest DS are "forgetful" . It has become an obsession since I really, consciously, watched and saw how often we leave a room with the light on.

~ And, re-using my cloth rags, napkins and even our clothes as much as possible and not washing till I really need to, not just cause the item was worn/used. Am watching my laundry loads, and am hoping this reduces my work load, as well as the energy and water I'm using each week to do laundry.

ETA ~ Oh, and almost forgot, I'm going down into our basement and clearing out!!!! There are boxes down there that haven't been opened since our move......8mo ago. We can't possibly need that stuff anymore, and I'm sure there is someone out there that could put it to good use. I've been procrastinating on this though....not sure why??? This MUST get done!!
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I'm signing up!

For January, I'm going to...
-switch to cloth wipes for my babe... I've been trying to use up the disposable kind, and I have one left! I'm making the solution tonight!
-switch to cloth mama pads (I ordered some, but if they don't get here in another week or so, I'm breaking out the sewing machine... yikes...)
-switch to family cloth (or, rather, anne cloth, since dh says, "ick." I'm gonna try it out and see if he'll join me after he sees how great it is)
-declutter 200 items from my way-too-big home (I'm 47 items in! hoorah!)

So glad we're journeying together!
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For this month we've:

Started the switch to cloth tp - well, dd and I, don't think I can get DH to!
Changing over to CF bulbs as old ones burn out
Going around and shutting down electronics at night
Working on making sure those lights are off when the room is empty! (dd!!!!!)
Getting better about remember to use the cloth bags!
Eating more raw and, when possible, organic foods
Using more natural cleaning products - household and personal!
Oh yeah - I'm trying to declutter - not even counting items, just the space I can free up!!

I have such lofty long term goals, but these little step-by-step things are making it easier to work in that direction!
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For January:

Only buy necessities (milk, eggs, etc)

Keep the thermostat turned down to 62 during the day and down to 53 at night

If it's yellow, let it mellow

Wear clothing more than once when possible

Compost more
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Alrighty, please check out post 8 to make sure I didn't mess anything up! I tried to group similar goals so lemme know what you think!

Expecting #2 in May 2013!

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Okay, now it's time for me.

What we're already doing good at:
  • Driving a small/fuel-efficient car
  • Replaced Teflon pots and pans with cast iron pots and pans
  • Replaced plastic tupperware with glass storage containers
  • Using cloth grocery bags
  • I'm using honey as face wash
  • Replaced our mattress with a natural latex mattress
  • Using recycled toilet paper, paper towels, and napkins
  • Recycling anything possible
  • Switched to stainless steel water bottles (to avoid leaching of plastic into water)
  • We're using low-VOC paint and stain for all new painting/staining projects
  • Using natural cleaning products
  • Eating vegetarian
  • Eating organic whenever possible
  • Eating out only once a week or so
  • Switched to all natural body care products (no parabens, sodium laurel sulfate, etc)
  • Feeding dogs grain-free food

For January, we will try to:
  • Get rid of particleboard furniture in the house (offgasses formaldehyde)
  • Stop using paper napkins and buy cloth napkins
  • Start composting

Expecting #2 in May 2013!

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Oops! I didn't catch it fast enough to create the 2nd post for our running list of changes we're making/have made! So I'll just post it here tonight when I get a chance.

rainbowmoon, can you create a link in the first post to this one once I get a list running?

ETA: Alright, here's our list, updated to post 27! I tried to group similar goals. Let me know if I missed anything or got anything wrong!

Working on...
Reduce
  • Use clothesline/hang clothes outside: rainbowmoon, swimswamswum
  • Teach DC what wasting energy means: rainbowmoon
  • Remind family to not open the fridge, turn lights off when not in use, etc: EcoMama7, mousemadeslings
  • Turn lights off when leaving a room, even if it's for just a few minutes: kimberlychapman, MyLittleWarrior, hlkm2e, vannienicole, Earth Angel, mousemadeslings
  • Keep the thermostat set low: streuselmama, Mamatohaleybug
  • Look into aerators: EcoMama7
  • Take less baths: EcoMama7
  • Open blinds and use natural light as much as possible: SweetAfton
  • Reduce junk mail: SweetAfton
  • Change out lightbulbs to compact fluorescent/energy efficient: scbegonias, hlkm2e, Crunchie, doulalove, mousemadeslings
  • Turn water off while brushing teeth: hlkm2e
  • Use less paper products: Crunchie
  • Read more, less TV: vannienicole
  • Rinse dishes immediately after using them: vannienicole
  • Reuse/rewear linens/clothes that aren't dirty: Earth Angel, Mamatohaleybug
  • Go around and shut down electronics at night: mousemadeslings
  • If it's yellow, let it mellow: Mamatohaleybug

Reuse
  • Use hankies and not buy any more kleenex: rainbowmoon, Earth Angel
  • Use canvas bags at the grocery store: MyLittleWarrior, EcoMama7, scbegonias, G-love, vannienicole, mousemadeslings
  • Switch to cloth mama pads: MyLittleWarrior, EcoMama7, anniebee
  • Eliminate all plastic and disposable plates, cups, and silverware: SweetAfton
  • Use cloth napkins: SweetAfton, calicocj, snozzberry
  • Switch to cloth tp/family cloth: scbegonias, frogguruami, anniebee, mousemadeslings
  • Use paper bags for trashing kitty litter: scbegonias
  • Switch to cloth diapers/increase their use: Pyratekk, hlkm2e, Crunchie
  • Switch to a diva cup/keeper: Pyratekk
  • Stop using paper towels/switch to reusable linens: G-love, calicocj
  • Switch to cloth wipes: anniebee

Recycle
  • Recycle more diligently: rainbowmoon
  • Compost: frogguruami, calicocj, Mamatohaleybug, snozzberry

Simplify
  • Simplify, declutter, donate: MyLittleWarrior, scbegonias, Crunchie, vannienicole, Earth Angel, anniebee, mousemadeslings
  • Don't buy anything new unless absolutely necessary/only buy necessities: MyLittleWarrior, vannienicole, Mamatohaleybug
  • Take donations to Goodwill: EcoMama7
  • Make more purchases locally, from small stores: scbegonias
  • Shop at thrift stores more often: Crunchie

Safe Home and Body Care
  • Buy a more natural soap for hand washing: SweetAfton
  • Switch to all natural body care products: Pyratekk, mousemadeslings
  • Switch to earth-friendly/homemade cleaners: doulalove, G-love, mousemadeslings, SweetAfton
  • Get rid of particleboard furniture in the house: snozzberry

Food/Gardening
  • Eat more (or all) organic/natural: EcoMama7, Pyratekk, mousemadeslings
  • Eat more raw: EcoMama7, mousemadeslings
  • Switch pets to better food: scbegonias
  • Research a CSA and join: hlkm2e, calicocj
  • Make homemade yogurt: G-love
  • Breastfeed: Crunchie
  • Can and freeze: Crunchie
  • Get ready for/research/start gardening: frogguruami, hlkm2e, Crunchie, swimswamswum

Transportation
  • Walk more, drive less: EcoMama7
  • Take the bus more instead of driving: SweetAfton, vannienicole
  • Ride bike more often: scbegonias, swimswamswum
: Mulling over for the Future
Reduce
  • Decrease garbage: doulalove
  • Change out lightbulbs to compact fluorescent: Pyratekk

Reuse
  • Start using only reusable bags for groceries and other places: Pyratekk
  • Consider hankies: doulalove
  • Switch to a diva cup/keeper: doulalove

Food/Gardening
  • Practice native gardening and limit watering: doulalove
  • Increase size of organic veggie garden & plant some fruit trees: doulalove
  • Plant a few flowering trees: doulalove
  • Become a vegetarian: Pyratekk
  • Cut other ickies out of food besides HFCS and (P)HO: Pyratekk
  • Grow a couple of things: Pyratekk
Check!
Reduce
  • Switched lightbulbs to compact fluorescent/efficient: swimswamswum
  • Put microwave on a power strip for easy on/off: doulalove
  • Reducing junk mail (a lifetime process): doulalove
  • Using a wood-burning furnace with trees that have been felled by natural forces: Crunchie
  • Microwaving instead of starting the oven/stove to warm things up: swimswamswum
  • Turning lights off when leaving a room: swimswamswum
  • Turning thermostat way down at night/when gone: swimswamswum
  • Unplugging unused appliances: swimswamswum
  • Reuse/rewear linens/clothes that aren't dirty: swimswamswum
  • Using indoor drying rack: swimswamswum

Reuse
  • Switched to cloth napkins/towels: EcoMama7, doulalove, swimswamswum
  • Switched to cloth hankies: swimswamswum
  • Switched to cloth tp/family cloth: doulalove
  • Using canvas bags at the grocery store: doulalove, Crunchie, swimswamswum, snozzberry
  • Using cloth pads/diva cup: Crunchie, swimswamswum
  • Packing lunches with re-usable materials and water bottles: swimswamswum
  • Bringing coffee/tea from home in reusable mugs: swimswamswum

Recycle
  • Recycling anything possible: Crunchie, snozzberry
  • Composting: doulalove, Crunchie, swimswamswum
  • Using recycled paper goods: snozzberry

Simplify
  • Buying used/secondhand: streuselmama
  • Not buying too much: streuselmama

Safe Home and Body Care
  • Used low/no-VOC eco-friendly paint: doulalove, snozzberry
  • Using natural cleaning products: Crunchie, snozzberry
  • Replaced Teflon pots and pans with cast iron pots and pans: snozzberry
  • Replaced plastic tupperware with glass storage containers: snozzberry
  • Washing face with honey: snozzberry
  • Replaced mattress with natural latex mattress: snozzberry
  • Switched to non-plastic water bottles: snozzberry
  • Switched to all natural body care products: snozzberry

Food/Gardening
  • Eating vegetarian/vegan: Crunchie, snozzberry
  • Eating vegetarian some of the time: swimswamswum
  • Eating a lot of organic: Crunchie, snozzberry
  • Eating out only once in a while: snozzberry
  • Cooking from scratch as much as possible: Crunchie
  • Keeping goats for milk: Crunchie
  • Keeping hens for eggs: Crunchie
  • Buying local foods when it's an option: swimswamswum
  • Switched pets to better food: snozzberry

Transportation
  • Walking for most errands or combining errands if driving: streuselmama
  • Offset car's CO2: doulalove
  • Driving a small/fuel-efficient car: Crunchie, snozzberry
  • Walking/carpooling when it's an option: swimswamswum

Etc
  • Got children's books to encourage DC to follow in footsteps: doulalove

WOW! Amazing. Thanks for doing that!
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OK - I'm in. Here's what I'm working on this year:

-No plastic shopping bags. I have canvas, just have to remember to use them.
-Replace all teflon with stainless and cast iron
-No more paper plates, napkins, etc.
-As things run out, switching to natural soaps, shampoos, deodorants, etc
-Also as things run out, switching to natural cleaners, laundry soaps, etc.
-Completely switch to cloth momma pads (about halfway there, need some more though)
-Drive less, walk more
-Compost pile for the garden this year, plus making the garden bigger to grown more veggies

I'll come up with more as the year progresses, some of this I started this past fall, but my goal is to make them all standard issue things that DH and I will do.
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Ooo...I forgot to add. I am a vegetarian and drive maybe 15 km a week (trying to get it lower .
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