Green New Year's Resolutions?

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Registered: 07-21-2008
Green New Year's Resolutions?
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Tue, 12-29-2009 - 12:42pm

Here's a good little article from iVillage about easy green resolutions you can make in the New Year.



9 Green New Year's Resolutions...

http://www.ivillage.com/green/home/0,,dxntlg0z,00.html?ice=iv:mb:msg:kb


So what are your resolutions this year? Green or otherwise.


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Registered: 07-21-2008
Tue, 12-29-2009 - 1:11pm
Well I usually don't make New Year's Resolutions per se, but I do try to assess how we're living at regular intervals and set goals for our family. I guess you could call that a New Year's Resolution! :@)





Here are some things I'd like to do this year:



  • Switch to recycled toilet paper - DH likes his super soft TP, so I think we'll have to make this a trial & error thing.

  • Find a source for more local produce during the winter months.

  • Convince DH to switch to local meat...that'll be another hard one b/c of price.


  • Can / preserve / freeze more fruit & veggies in the summer so we have it for the winter months.

  • Make more foods from scratch like yogurt, ricotta, brown sugar, etc. (I posted a good link yesterday on foods you can make youself.)

  • Buy in bulk more.

  • Find alternatives to some of the foods I buy that come wrapped in plastic (like the organic sugar we buy at Costco that comes in a plastic bag).

  • Make heavy drapes to keep out some of the drafts / keep the heat in.

  • Caulk some of our leaky windows.

  • Start turning off the laptop when we go to bed.

  • Put the electronics on a different switch from the Tivo so we can turn off everything but the tivo at night.




I'm sure I'll come up with much more!

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Tue, 12-29-2009 - 1:37pm

my biggest goal is to have a nice garden going this year.

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Registered: 07-21-2008
Tue, 12-29-2009 - 4:38pm

Ooooh me too! (See I knew I'd be adding things!)

We need to get proper ventilation installed in our greenhouse. It's been useless since it gets waaaaaaaay to hot. We also have to install some sort of a tall fence (to keep the deer from jumping), but with chicken wire that goes down into the ground to keep the diggers out. I'm not quite sure how to keep the climbers like squirrels out.

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Registered: 11-18-2003
Sun, 01-03-2010 - 4:10pm

"Convince DH to switch to local meat...that'll be another hard one b/c of price."


I don't know if this is an option for you, but we found a local farmer that would raise a beef(to 6 months) and then take it and have it butchered and packaged. It ends up being much less expensive than buying meat in the supermarket(less than $3/lb overall) So we get steaks,roasts, ribs, hamburger, stew meat, etc. for right around $300 sealed for freezing(this is for 1/2 cow,a friend bought the other half). It would depend on how much meat you eat, but in our case, it saves us a lot even though we would hardly ever buy steaks at the supermarket because of the $/lb. We have a deep freeze so we could keep the stuff up to a year but we used the last amount in about 7-8 months. We also have the advantage of knowing how the animal was fed and treated.

 


Terri

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Registered: 07-21-2008
Sun, 01-03-2010 - 11:29pm
That sounds great Terri - I'll have to ask around and see if we have anything like that around here.
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Registered: 11-18-2003
Mon, 01-04-2010 - 2:55pm
It really works out well for us, and we can definitely tell a difference in the quality. We also get our eggs from the same farmer. I hope you can work something out- it is worth it IMO.

 


Terri

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Registered: 04-21-2008
Tue, 01-05-2010 - 9:18am
Love the new siggie, Kellie! The kiddos are getting so big. And Macy's hair looks gorgeous! ;)

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Tue, 01-05-2010 - 1:36pm
Thanks! We joke that she's grown so much because her hair is 3 inches taller now. I have a feeling it's going to be quite the process growing it out, but she want it to be long again.
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