Happy Monday, everyone! I want to first of all say thank you to those of you who gave me so many ideas in the comments on Friday’s post – as well as so much encouragement. You guys are the best readers. I love that I now have a little better idea of what you all would like to read and learn more about here at Simple Organic, and I will definitely keep all your suggestions in mind for future posts!
Today, it’s time for a semiannual check-up. Six months ago, we set some goals together, goals for green living in our home life and in our personal life. So, now it’s time to ask: how’s it going? Have you been able to accomplish any of your goals yet? Are you still working on them?
In case you need a refresher, here’s a list of possible goals we looked at together for greener living in our home lives.
1. Natural, Non-Toxic Cleaning Products
- Here are some recipes for homemade cleaning products.
2. Reusable Shopping Bags
- Check out Eren’s tutorial for a Super Simple Market Bag.
- Make sure you know how to care for your reusable bags.
3. Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs
- Have you learned about CFLs, including proper disposal?
4. Recycle More
- Did you catch Megan’s recent post, “The 3 R’s Go Back to School“?
5. Reduce or Eliminate Plastic
- Many posts here touch on plastic usage, but make sure you know about plastic and BPA.
6. Reduce Paper Consumption
- Have you switched from paper to cloth in your home?
7. Reduce Energy Consumption
- Other than discussing CFLs and the tips I provided in the original goals list, we haven’t talked much more about this specific topic. More to come!
8. Plant a Garden
- Thanks to all of Simple Organic’s fabulous contributors, we have an entire Gardening 101 series.
9. Vehicles & Transportation Options
- In May, I shared about the benefits of biking as our family transitioned to one car.
Photo by Les Hutchins
Some of you also mentioned other goals, such as getting rid of toxic cookware and using more public transit. Now that six months have gone by, how are you doing on your goal?
Our family’s goal was to source more of our food locally. Whoops! That was our personal goal. Our green goal for our home life was to reduce the amount of plastic we use. I think we’ve done pretty well overall. We almost never purchase plastic bottled water or bring home plastic bags from the store anymore, and we rarely use plastic containers for food storage – but we do still own them. When we run out of glass containers, the plastic comes out. So, ideally, I’d like to get rid of all the plastic containers and replace them with glass. We still use plastic zip storage bags…I’m still looking for a good way to replace the gallon-size bags for many things. Baby steps!
On the other hand, one unexpected change for us was our family’s decision to sell one of our cars and become a one-car family. We bought a nice bike for my husband, with all the accompanying gear that he needs to make his rides work for him, and now he is a bike commuter. So, although this wasn’t one of our goals back in February, circumstances suddenly aligned so that it became an obvious and perfect decision.
Now it’s your turn. How are you doing on your green living goals for your home life? Have they changed, been achieved, been set aside? Let’s hear all about it!