I’ve decided to make my New Year’s resolution have global impact. I’m dedicating myself to going “Green” and saving the earth. I finally realized that, regardless of the debate on global warming, it couldn’t hurt to try my hand at more of the reduce, reuse, recycle philosophy. Right?
So going “green” is my goal for 2011. Are you listening world? Here are my goals for a greener year (feel free to hold me accountable).
1. When I think back to how much food our family wasted this past year I can hear my mother’s voice reminding me of all the starving children in some foreign country. Even though it’s more of a strategy for getting kids to eat there is some foundation of truth in the shame it induces. So for 2011, I vow to plan my meals better and waste less.
2. Either let in the light or turn it out, or in this case – both. Natural light can heat up your house, and you don’t even have to pay someone to deliver it to you. So, step one, I’m going to remember to pull back the curtains. Step Two, after countless times reminding my kids to turn off the lights I’ve finally gotten smarter. My first paycheck of 2011 is dedicated to purchasing timed or motion sensor switches. The kids might holler when they suddenly find themselves in the dark but at least I won’t be nagging them anymore.
3. I recently discovered a grocery store where they still wrap your meat in white paper – fancy that, no styrofoam! They may be a little more expensive but I’ll save the money in trash bags.
4. Speaking of trash bags, I’m going to throw out less. I’ve already researched a few ways to reuse bread bags, onion bags, and table scraps. Used tissues however, will still go in the garbage – no exceptions no matter how crafty the idea!
5. Last but not least, and the most difficult, I’m going to make more meatless meals. For Vegans I’m sure this sounds easy but when you’ve grown up in a meat & potato home, it won’t come easy. Maybe I’ll even lose a few pounds and find some cotton, eco-friendly new dress to spend all my hard-saved money on!
A new year means a new me – earth friendly, saving savvy and green! (I won’t really turn green will I?)