In recent past I have made certain green strides in my business, in my sustainability practices personally and professionally. However a recent home purchase and move has had me regress a bit in the way I am doing things greenly.
My New Year Greenolutions fall into these categories:
This Old Home seasonal draperies, especially some that are more insulating in the winter closing off rooms not in use sump pump 101 and basement water concerns/leakage reduce water usage ( less showers/full laundry loads) reduce electricity usage - I am pretty good w/ this already move washer and dryer to the basement ( i can't stand the look or the sounds of it in my kitchen) A Brand New Garden I have no garden here - the potential is limitless and quite exciting a good look at my budget will determine what I do here can i grow seeds ? I've never done that before - how? where? container gardening may be a good start to observe how things grow with the light i have composting collecting rain water regrading - errr basement leakage turning small lawn and parkway into edibles Car Usage I am doing at least one long distance commute a month now. ( although in january I have 3 - yikes!) This means more gasoline spent - more mileage on my car. I have a compact car with great gas mileage PLUS driving about town is more necessary here than where I used to live I am mindful about driving in clusters or trips w/ multiple purposes. Once I feel my hands can manage a bike I'd like to implement more biking - getting a bike again is a detail too Plastics Mission I'd like to continue to eliminate more plastic. I think the area that needs the most work is food stuff. Foods that come in plastic that I have yet to part with. Or found alternative sourcing for. Meeting Like Minded People I am exploring who I'd like to hang around with here and where I'd possibly like to volunteer my time. One idea is the local farmers market or surrounding CSA's. I am investigating the artists community here as well. I am also not making any participation decisions quickly. After years and years of volunteering I'd like to make sure I use my time in a way that moves me forward personally but also has good business connections. Share My Thoughts I am ever so grateful to have a platform here to share my thoughts. Check back from time to time and see how I am doing and don't forget to comment! Let's share the journey and have a great green year together! A Word On Consumerism I notice myself recently wanting. Wanting things. Mostly wanting things for my new home. It might be curtains, a chair here or a table there. Part of it is the appearance of my home and wanting to make an impression. I adore naked windows, but my neighbors having access to me naked....well that doesn't seem respectful - even if they do think I am a hippie!! As hard as I tried to find used treatments - none appealed to the decor part of me. I used what I had in some instances and then bought new and admit that the sheers I found please me. I somehow feel guilty. I haven't figured this out for me just yet. Except to say that my home is where I work and so having it be lovely is very important to me. I find myself asking the do I want or do I need this item question ALOT. I haven't faced that pull to shop for sometime. This year for the holidays my budget was nill. In gifting I resourced my local thrift shops and found it exhilarating when I found something terrific and useful as a gift. The costs savings was absolutely amazing. I'd like to get to know more of the second hand shops around here. Is shopping "used" still consumerism?
The above image ( taken by me this summer ) has a story. My new yard was completely overgrown. There was potential for a little path next to the oak tree. As I was wacking away at the weeds I discovered this path stone! If ever there was a sign confirming and affirming my decision to buy this home - this was it!! I can not tell you how meaningful this is for me.