[note - due to a mix-up on my part, this post should be read BEFORE "It hurts...]
It's going to take a lot of work to think of 366 changes to make to my family's lifestyle. As mentioned in previous posts, I am starting with the changes made by Vanessa Farquharson, and moving on from there.
There isn't enough space in this post to list all of the things she has done. I invite you to check out her blog at http://www.greenasathistle.com/.
I am starting with "March" - 31 changes in total. Well, for us, that really amounts to 15 of her changes to implement. We already either practice (14) or "do not apply" (2). (FYI, we do not have a cat, therefore no need for cat litter, and do not use dryer sheets, so no need to switch types).
As for the other 14, we already use recycled paper towels, don't use the heating pad except in emergencies, turn down our thermostat, rarely use bottled water, check tire pressure, use a phosphate-free dish detergent, am not going to buy any more electronic gym equipment, use tote bags, use recycled toilet paper, use vinegar/water to clean glass, belong to the Freecycle network, turn off all lights before leaving home, don't use disposable cutlery/plates, and don't use lint removers.
Once we implement her 15 changes, I then need to come up with another 16 for the month.
Oh my stars. The reality of this is starting to set in. Ok, don't panic. Take a slow, deep breath. One change at a time....
The inspiration for this blog came after reading Vanessa Farquharson's book, Sleeping Naked is Green, and wondering if her new eco-lifestyle was really applicable to a family of 5 that was already fairly environmentally friendly. At the urging of a friend, I took on the challenge of trying to improve my family's "green-ness", using the book as a template. This blog will record our attempts to improve our environmental foot-print one small change at a time.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Posted by Eco Mama at 1:42 PM
Labels: eco-friendly, environmental changes, green lifestyle
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My name is Ema,I'm from Portugal and I read Vanessa's book too!
And... I decide to do the same:
http://365coisasquepossofazer.blogspot.com (in portuguese...)
I'm almost in the midlle of my challenge.
Good look for you and your family!
Have a nice weekend,
Thanks for your support Ema! I wish you luck on your challenege, as well.ReplyDelete