Mar 13, 2017

New Year Green Resolutions - 1st Quarter Update

Less that 10% of people feel they are successful at keeping their new years resolutions. That's not overly surprising. Most people aren't making clear goals or keeping it simple (remember the KISS principle?)

Well 2017 is almost a quarter of the way gone. How have I been doing on my 2017 Green Resolutions?

1. Get reusable napkins

Success! My sister-in-law got me a set of napkins for Christmas. (I didn't get them until she visited for New Years, so don't worry, I didn't cheat with this resolution). She got us a set of 6. Three matching pairs with them all having the same pattern. It's awesome because any of them really 'go' with all of the rest.

In related news I think Hubby and I just finished up the last of our paper towels. We would have been done months ago, but some friends stayed at our house and bought some paper towels as a replacement/thank you. We have some rags around the house, but I'm guessing we may need to pick up some more towels or rags to fill the gap that paper towels had been filling.

2. Pack my lunch at least twice per week.

Success! I'm glad I set the bar pretty low on this. I have for sure averaged more than twice per week and I think I still meet it by the strict definition of bringing it twice per week. I have probably saved 30 styrofoam containers and forks from the landfill since making that decision so far. It's not always easy, but I usually have time to at least make a sandwich before heading off to work in the morning.

3. Shop at the bulk store at least once per quarter.
Success! I have gone once in the quarter. It was a great trip and I was able to iron out my bulk food shopping tips, so it was really easy. We've also got fruits and veggies from the large store that sells them mostly package free. So I'm definitely doing more than I was, but could always do more.

4. Purchase reusable menstrual products

Fail! This is still on my radar and something I want to start doing soon. I'm totally in the preparation phase. So if you have a product recommendation, that might just be what I need to be spurred into the action phase.

5. Make a food product each month

Success! I could have never told you that I would make soft pretzels, no-bake peanut butter oatmeal cookies or roasted red pepper baba ganoush. But I did and and I would love to make them again...especially those cookies. I'm excited to see what I make the rest of the year.

So how are your resolutions coming? Are you in the 10% that is still on board with them?

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  1. I have to tell you what a good influence you are on me. When grocery shopping, now I look for the bulk produce, instead of the pre-packaged stuff and feel so much better about it! I have my own mesh veggie bags I got through a co-op I belonged to in Florida. I've even suggested to the folks in the produce department to carry more bulk items. Thank you!

    1. That is so sweet, thank you! Sounds like you are doing great. Congrats on asking the produce department to carry more bulk items. The more people ask the more likely they are to change!

  2. This is the first time I've come across your blog, from Reddit. Just wanted to comment and suggest Gladrags reusable mentrual pads. Great product and it comes in compostable packaging.

    1. Thanks for stopping by and commenting! I hope you come around again. I'll have to check out Gladrags. I haven't heard of them before and there are SO MANY different products available it can be overwhelming.

  3. Well done! As a coincidence, I just started working on my ZW objective of the year this weekend :) Do I count as the 10 %?

    1. I'll count you! What is your ZW objective, sounds fascinating.

  4. Ruby cup and yurtcraft (etsy shop) are fabulosity reusable menstrual products!!