I rarely make new year’s resolutions anymore. I found I never followed through with them and instead have started setting goals for the new year.
Rather than talk short term (I want to lose X pounds of weight in the next 3 months) I try to make the goals long term (I want to start working out X number of days per week this year so that by next year I can run a 5K). At the end of the year I review the goals I have set to see where I am.
This year, my goal is to concentrate on living more green. I did this back in California, but since living in Georgia things have slipped.
For one, I find the ‘green living’ push here to be quite weak in comparison to Southern California. It is more difficult to find green products. Recycling is a very difficult task since the list of things that can be recylced is actually shorter than the list of the things that cannot! (We don’t even recycle glass here, which makes no sense at all to me). Also, I have just gotten more lazy. Since I’m not surrounded by people living a greener life, I’m not thinking about it as much now as I did back in California. Like a foreign language, if you are not immersed in something on a regular basis you kind of forget about it.
My goal, though, is to do better at this. I want to live more naturally, but I also want to save money, and I have found green living to be a cheaper alternative. It’s funny – many people don’t think about the cost of green living and how it can actually be cheaper than the alternative. But, if done right, it can.
I have started with containers. For Christmas I asked for glass bowls to use in place of plastic containers. I have tossed out all old plastic containers now, and will begin using glass bowls. These are better because they are reusable and they are safe – no need to worry about the chemicals that make up the container and whether they will leech into the food.
I will also be tossing out all plastic baggies. They take forever to break down. Instead, I will be using alternatives to pack snacks in.
I replaced paper napkins with cloth napkins. I have seven sets now, so I can wash a set each day.
In addition, I have thrown out all water bottles. We did this some time ago, and it has been a great money saver – as well as saving resources at the dump. We use reusable BPA free plastic bottles or stainless steel bottles for our water, and a purifier on our tap so the water we drink is free from chemicals (mainly). Bottled water is more expensive, because it has to constantly be replaced; the bottles it is kept may be damaging to the health; and the water inside the bottles is generally just tap water!