Creating a Life Free From Chaos

Your Green Resolutions for 2008

Here are some of the Green Resolutions I got from you, the readers! I’m still looking for some Simple Living Resolutions, so make sure you send those in too!

Gretchen: I’m also trying to remember to bring my reusable shopping bags to the grocery store, but I guess it is better that I forget the bags than forget one of the kids, right?

Casey: I also forget my reusable bags. They are even green and proclaim in big white lettering how eco-friendly I am for using them! I’ve remembered to use them all of 3 times or so, then the cashiers look all scandalized to have to use them. On a bright note, I reuse most of the plastic bags that come into my house and send the ones I don’t use to my daughter’s preschool. They ALWAYS need bags.

Becky: The only real green New Year’s Resolution I made was to stop using baggies whenever possible and use Tupperware containers instead. I should have been doing that all along though, huh?

Jamie: I’m trying to use my Trader Joe’s bags more often. It’s just hard to get them, my son and the diaper bag…At least I put them in my car.

Michelle: I plan to try a couple of things: vinegar for cleaning and making own laundry soap. And the biggest one…actually USING my recycling trash can! My city has free recycling pick-up, but we have a set-up in our house that makes it really inconvenient to actually get things out to the proper trash can. So we end up just dumping bottles and the like into the regular trash. Bad, I know. I’m going to work on it.

Emily: My green resolution: get a food waste container and use it rather than throwing scraps in the regular trash.

Kathrine: I’m resolving to give up my toxic household cleaners and try out some of the new environmentally friendly ones that are on the market.

Joseph: I’m only going to run the dishwasher if it’s full. We’ve gotten into the bad habit of running it every day, regardless of whether it’s full or only has a few plates. If there’s not much to wash, I’ll either wait or do them by hand.

Leslie: I’m going to buy several microfiber cloths for cleaning, instead of using paper towels for everything.

Charlie: We’re going to wash our laundry in cold water instead of warm, and only use hot water for really bad stains. I also want to get a laundry line to hang outside this summer.

Rosie: I got a new reusable water bottle for Christmas, so I’m going to avoid getting those plastic disposable water bottles.

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