GREEN LIVING lifestyle Changes:
Past (and ongoing), Present, and Future Goals
Author: CS Sherin
May 26th, 2016
I recommend that anyone who is fielding major and ongoing positive lifestyle changes make a list similar to this one. Identify what you have implemented in the past and continue to implement, what you are presently working on changing and adapting, and what goals you have in your mind’s eye as goals you are working towards eventually. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but it does need to be honest and as thorough as possible without being weighted down with too many basics or details. It is something to keep on the desktop or nearby, so that you can gain perspective and add things that you forgot, or adjust things that have changed due to unforeseen dynamics. Be open to having a list that changes and evolves, just as you do. Update it once a month, and when you think of something or realize something new.
Here is my current list:
MY PAST/ONGOING GREEN LIFESTYLE ACTIONS
- Biodegradable poop bags for dog walks.
- Homemade recipes made for: moisturizing facial scrub, toothpaste and tooth powder, deodorant, makeup remover, cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, room spray blends, insect spray.
- Reusable shopping bags for groceries and other shopping or using a box or carrying items out.
- Reusable drink containers that are glass or stainless steel.
- Buying drinks in glass containers or aluminum.
- Bamboo/silicone cooking utensils.
- Stainless steel and cast iron pots, pans, skillets.
- Silicone/rubber menstrual cup, organic cotton pads.
- Floss in cardboard container.
- Making any meat or dairy intake unusual and not regular or the standard for diet.
- Bike and walk more, share one car with spouse.
- Reducing and aiming to eliminate as much single-use plastic at home as possible.
- Eliminating synthetic and toxic fragrances, cleaners, products, food products.
- Aiming to make the purchase and use of unhealthy ingredients, products, foods rare.
- Using steam mop and regular floor mop with reusable and washable cloth attachments.
- Not using pesticides, herbicides on yards, foods, animal companions.
- Buying organic, local, non-GMO food as much as possible.
- Growing native plants, herbs, wild flowers, “weeds” like dandelions, clover, etc. and less grass. Having a yard that doesn’t demand too much water, and that provides diversity for wildlife the health of the land, wildlife, bees, butterflies, etc.
- Grow organic food and herbs.
MY MOST RECENT AND NEWER ONGOING GREEN LIFESTYLE ACTIONS
- Finding and using makeup that is non-toxic, cruelty free, and with the least amount of packaging and plastics. Found a great product on Etsy.
- Dairy free buttery spread blended at home (no plastic involved).
- Oils as moisturizer.
- Apple Cider Vinegar is making my eczema go away! YAY!
- Bar soaps for bathroom and kitchen.
- Bamboo toothbrushes from Brush With Bamboo.
- Shopping with a keen eye on packaging that influences buying.
- Buy according to needs and also packaging.
- Abstaining from overly packaged (especially plastic) products/foods.
- Storing as much food and toiletries as possible in glass, stainless steel, ceramic, and wood containers as possible.
- Eliminating the majority of plastic storage containers in all rooms of the house.
- Eating homemade meals at home the majority of the time.
- Fresh vegetables and fruit via our CSA (community supported agriculture) share.
- Using an amazing product, Fresh Paper, that keeps veggies fresh longer without the use of plastics.
I AM PRESENTLY WORKING ON/IN THE PROCESS OF CHANGING
- Glass and metal food storage containers in freezer, replacing various plastics.
- Homemade tortillas. (I would add homemade bread to this, but I break out in hives when using the yeast for bread!)
- Refill shampoo and conditioner at our local refill shop.
- Refill dish detergent at the local refill shop.
- Selling and donating things we have in storage in the basement that we don’t really use anymore.
- Bought 60 rolls of individually wrapped toilet paper online in order to eliminate plastic packaging. There is no plastic in the purchase, yet there is shipping. But the length of use for the item and elimination of plastic pollution seems worth it. It seems there is always a trade-off in this world, as it is now. I find the toilet paper to be thinner than Scott’s brand, that I am used to buying. This is 7th Generation. Both brands are 1000 sheet rolls though.
- Buying less synthetic clothing.
- Compost (I did this for 13 years at our other house), but this house doesn’t lend itself to an easy setup. My goal is to establish a little compost area that makes sense for our house this summer.
- Figure out a better way with kitty litter and disposal. The pine pellets for the kitty litter comes in plastic. The disposal of the poop and the pine requires plastic. I want to find a way to change this and haven’t come up with anything yet.
- Grow sprouts at home. I have the seeds. I just need to get them going. And to grow them somewhere where the cats can’t access them!
- Store CSA fruit and veggies in glass and steel containers in the freezer for the fall/winter, whenever possible.
- Look at making homemade makeup? Looking for more plastic free makeup options….
- Eliminate some garbage bags. I noticed that the local refill shop has liners for garbage cans that are not plastic. Will look into this.
- Am considering either buying bulk bricks of soap for home use or making my own.
- Am considering the worth of throwing away plastic hair brushes in favor of wood or bamboo ones. Not sure about this. Pondering.
That is all for now. Do you have any questions, comments, or ideas to add? Please comment below.
CS Sherin, WildClover.org 2016 ©