- Paper Products - We are working to completely eliminate our use of paper napkins and paper towels. We also buy recycled toilet paper (we like Trader Joe's brand). We also just switched all our bank statements and bills to paperless delivery.
- Cleaning Products - Going natural with my cleaning products. All-natural products can be a little more expensive, though; to save money, I really like this book Clean House, Clean Planet. It contains instructions for homemade cleaning products that save money and are easy on the environment.
- Borrow or Buy Used - Our family rediscovered the library this year and I started using PaperBackSwap.com. I try to buy gently used clothing and toys for the kids. It is great that our community has a clothing exchange twice a year.
- Lowering Waste - I recently encountered this blog Zero Waste. Check out their article on What Is Zero Waste? I don't think I am ready to go this far, but it did get me thinking about how much I throw away. Here are some simple things I am working on: no individually packaged snacks, buy bulk, reuse clean produce bags, lower the number of sandwich bags we use. Basically, I am trying to be more aware when shopping - less disposable, more reusable.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Green Goals for 2009
I thought I'd share a few of my Green Goals for this year. They are mostly simple things that our family can change relatively easily, in addition to maintaining our recycling habits and reusable shopping bags.
It has taken me a month to tackle my weekly "problem area" -- my paper problem. I was inspired by Org Junkie's Monthly Organiz...
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