Image from Nikki McClure
- Use bar soap for washing dishes. I’ve actually been doing this for months and months, maybe a year… Dr. Bronner’s soap comes wrapped in paper, so there’s no plastic waste, it’s vegan, and fair trade and there are a bunch of scents to choose from, all of which are quite nice. It’s the perfect little change toward using less plastic and buying fair trade. thanks to life less plastic, who thought of it first. (we have started using Dr. Bronner’s bar soap in the shower and at the bathroom sink as well. There are other natural soaps out there, but most are not fair trade or even organic and most are packaged in plastic.)
- Monitoring my use of water in the kitchen – not letting the tap run when I don’t need to. This has proven to be a difficult habit to break…
- Use a cup while brushing my teeth instead of letting the water run. (like No Impact Man)
- Draw more. I tend to go through spurts. I need to break out the sketchbook again. It would be good for my soul to be more creative and turn off the electronics more often.
- Utilize the local library. Oh my, I love the library. I wish there were a library set-up for everything. There are so many things that I could use, but don’t need to own. And I love how relaxing it is to read a book, rather than doing reading and research in front of the computer screen. Plus, it’s free and who doesn’t love that?!
- Find a new place for my retractable clothesline and start using it again. I haven’t put it up since we moved in September because I can’t decide where I should put it. It’s quite small in here and our washer and dryer are outside. I would really like to find a solution, though. Hopefully it will get put up this week, as soon as I get over this cold!
- Put a new rule into effect for myself: If I am going to leave a room for more than 60 seconds, I will turn off/unplug any and all electronics – lights, TV, laptop, music, whatever. It’s so easy to leave things running, thinking “Oh I’ll be back in a minute anyway”.
- Paint on the canvases I got for Christmas last year. I can’t believe it’s been so long! I really REALLY want to try my hand at painting something pretty for my walls and it goes along with one of my general goals to make more things by hand.
- Make more food-things myself… Start making my own baked tortilla chips. It would be much healthier, cheaper and cut back on the plastic. I’ve started making my own “plant” milk. So far I’ve made hazelnut and almond and they were both really out-of this-world delicious (I already really like packaged almond milk, but this was way better) and then I save the left over pulp and it’s great for getting extra protein and fat into Elena. I pretty much went with these guidelines and I’m loving the blog where I found them. I would also like to make lara type bars for Elena, which is something I occasionally buy and stick in my purse just in case she gets hungry/cranky. I’m looking here and here for tips. One thing I have succeeded at is making desserts at home. If I don’t do this, Brian and I will end up picking up a box of this or that at the store and it is less healthy and creates more waste. (When I bake at home I use whole grain flours, unrefined sweeteners and sub out most or all of the butter/oil)
- Drink more water and less coffee. I always need to drink more water. (though not during mealtime as it interferes with digestion, did you know that? Robyn’s Blog has taught me lots of things.)
- I’ve made a few little dish scrubbers from mesh produce bags. they are the perfect little thing to use on cast-iron cookware.
- Find a good recipe for making my own whole grain bread (all whole grain, no all purpose flour). Sprouted would be especially good, as I am always buying Ezekiel. Any suggestions?
- I just bought a new stainless steel pan and I’m working on phasing out all non-stick (teflon) cookware as well as plastics from our kitchen… no more off-gassing and leaching of chemicals, please!
- Get more sleep. I’m a crazy night-owl and I always have been. My husband goes to bed earlier than I do rather frequently, but then I end up staying up too late. Getting more sleep would be better for my health, and allow me to turn the heater and lights and whatnot off at an earlier time.
- I am considering ordering weekly deliveries from Dandelion Organic, a company that delivers fresh fruit and veg that is as local as possible – to your door. What a wonderful thing! I just need to be sure it’s not too expensive for us.
What things are on your mind to change? Do tell!