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Becoming a greener me in a 100 steps

I like to think of myself as living a fairly green life style, but I know I’m not perfect. I also know that out of convenience, or laziness, I’ve dropped a few greener choices, which kind of bothers me.

So I am going to challenge myself. One small change a week, or so, towards a greener lifestyle, until I feel I’m in the right place again. (100 steps not meant literally!) Big changes are unlikely. I need to keep it possible. Either something that I haven’t done for a while or never contemplated in the first place.

It has to be something that fits in with refuse, reduce, reuse and recycle. Hopefully it should save money in the long run, but most of all its about peace of mind, for me.

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 – I’m not an eco-warrior,

 – I’m not preaching

 – I’m not judging

 – I’m not perfect

 

These are my steps to a more mindful life. A lighter footprint on the earth. If you don’t put your recycling out, that’s up to you. Heck, there are some aspects of modern life that I’m not willing to give up, which are on the wrong side of green. I need to be motivated. When the children were babies, they all wore cloth nappies, because I couldn’t bear the idea of their used disposable nappies sitting in a landfill for potentially centuries.

We all draw our own line in the sand. My life is busy. There are things I would like to do better, but I have to compromise. There are things I would like to do better and, with a few changes, I can. This is my journey, one step at a time.

(March 2014 started list)

Step 1 Eat more from the garden – setting up kitchen garden

Step 2 Cutting food waste

Step 3 Sowing seeds

Step 4 Earth day 2014 Planning and reducing packaging

Step 5 Making yogurt and cutting back on yogurt pots

Step 6 Using fabric from my stash instead of buying

Step 7 Conserving water and time in the kitchen garden

Step 8 Cutting down on chemicals in the kitchen garden

Step 9 Finishing work in progress sewing projects

Step 10 Getting jobs done using the five minute rule

Step 11 Cutting down on throw away gift wrapping

Step 12 Make my own footwear from my craft stash

Step 13 Cut down on fruit packaging

Step 14 Reusing clear plastic in the potting shed

Step 15 Upcycling instead of buying

Step 16 Cutting the cost of school dressing up days, with a capsule wardrobe of homemade and thrifty clothes

Step 17 Using what we have to make a whole new potting shed

Step 18 Upcycling a recently bought product that didn’t live up to expectations.

Step 19 Make your own fire lighters from nature finds and kitchen waste

Step 20 Recycling food containers to package gifts

Step 21 Making wrapping paper that can be reused and recycled.

Step 22 Restrained

Step 23: Using up teeny, tiny fabric scraps

Step 24: Making face flannels and not using disposable face wipes

Step 25: Upcycling packaging into something really useful

Step 26: Using less water in the garden

Step 27: Not following tween/teen fashion – side stepping disposable fashion

Step 28: Switch to an electric car (not blogged yet)

Step 29: reuse plastic to make your own Christmas advent calendar

Step 30: Make your own alternative to cotton wool pads for makeup remover and skincare

Step 31. Making soap bars last longer (felted soap on the rope)

          Step 32: Making a reusable produce bag, for fresh food, using recycled materials

Step 33: Knit your own cotton cleaning cloth

 

 

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