Tuesday, December 28, 2010

One Small Green Change 2010 Wrap Up

Last year in addition to my New Year’s Resolutions for 2010, I participated in Hip Mountain Mama’s One Small Green Change Challenge. I made one small green change a month and blogged about it. Here’s my list and results.

January Ditching the Disposables – Furnace Filters The new reusable furnace filter works great, saves us money, and we never run out of filters - Keep

February Eat Healthy and Save Money: Make Granola Cereal  Another money saver and I get a low calorie baking fix. I usually whip up a batch of granola on Saturday mornings and eat it warm for Breakfast – Keep.

March One Small Green Change: Stay Warm- with a Humidifier! Last winter I cranked up the humidifier too high and our bedroom smelled musty because of too much moisture. This winter I’m trying it again on a lower setting – Seasonal change.

April One Small Green Change: Switch to a Cast Iron Griddle I'm still in love with cast iron. It also doubles as home defense – Keep.

May Oops I skipped May!

June One Small Green Change: Use a Shampoo Bar to Wash My Hair When I ran out of my first shampoo bar, I tried another brand that I didn’t like as much because I needed to use conditioner with it unlike my first shampoo bar. A third brand made my hair greasy on the second day if I tried washing my hair every other day. If you have any suggestions, I’d be grateful.  – I’m back to regular shampoo until I can buy my original shampoo bar.

July One Small Green Change – Use Recycled Toiled Paper Who knew this small change would be such so difficult? We tried a brand of recycled toilet paper that we hated because it was thin and like sandpaper. After a few more tushie tests we found a brand of recycled content toilet paper that we liked and for the first time in my life became brand loyal to toilet tissue. Who knew? - Keep

August One Small Green Change: Buy a CSA Share! This was our most expensive small change and a luxury. Fortunately, the costs have evened out a bit. I haven’t needed to buy back up frozen vegetables for the last five months because I still have some frozen CSA vegetables in the freezer.   I’m leaning toward Keep but it really depends upon our job situation this summer - Undecided

September One Small Green Change: Read Ebooks! Husband has been reading nothing but ebooks since he got his Kindle. It’s keeping the paper book population under control and I’m happy about that - Keep

October  One Small Green Change: Silicone Ice Cube Trays We’re still using our silicone ice cube trays. They are a much better size for our small freezer too - Keep

November One Small Green Change: Use Cloth Shopping Bags for Christmas Shopping  I successfully used cloth shopping bags for my non grocery shopping this season. I even used them while on Thanksgiving vacation in Texas thanks to a little fold up Chico bag I has clipped to my purse strip. - Keep

December One Small Green Change: Grow a Christmas Tree The tree is still growing in a pot on my patio. It’s not dead yet – Keep

I like the One Small Green Change Challenge and will be keeping it for 2011. I think I’m going to do One Small Green Change each month instead of a list of New Year’s Resolutions. That way, I can make changes as life hands me the opportunity. I also find it easier to keep my resolutions if I do them bit by bit. How do you keep your New Year’s Resolutions?

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