Do you make new year resolutions? I’m a bit half-hearted about them I must admit. But in our house we have decided what we’re doing for 2019 already.
We’re going to pledge to make a change every month during 2019. There are a few rules:
- The change must be ethical
- The change must have the potential to be permanent (if it works out we stick with it)
- The change must be measurable.
So what to choose? In the past we have:
- Only bought takeaway drinks in reusable cups
- Started using an Eco-Egg in place of washing tablets
- Subscribed to local buy and sell groups to source preloved goods
- Bought our loo rolls ethically
- Switched to buying our milk from a milkman (in glass bottles)
- Bought (and used) compost bins in the garden
- Bought (and used) water butts
- Made gift tags from the Christmas cards we received
- Taken packaging from our online orders to charity shops for them to reuse
- Held fundraising events
- Volunteered for charity events
- Set up a bird feeding station in the garden
- Planted shrubs in our flowerbeds which attract bees and butterflies.
There’s probably more but hopefully it’s because they are imbedded that I can’t remember them! So we can’t choose any of the above as they are already routine. I’d be more than happy for any of my readers (or should I say either of my readers?) to embrace any of them though.
Back to our possible projects for 2019. We’ve had a few ideas and I’d love to hear from anyone who has more. These are not all definite but so far we have come up with:
- Never buying wrapping paper again
- Build a raised bed and grow veg
- Eat no meat for one week per month (hubby is not keen on this one!)
- Switch to only household cleaners, toiletries etc which can be refilled or for which there is a plastic-free alternative
- Proactively reduce the amount of junk mail we receive
- Start a petition to government (I know I did this in 2018 but it doesn’t look like it’s going to be successful – still not even 2000 signatures)
- Never buy food items in black plastic
- Choose another single-use item to never buy again
- Use the 300C and the cold wash programmes on the washing machine to achieve a significant and measureable reduction in electricity consumption
- Buy only fully recyclable Christmas cards (ie no glitter, foil etc)
- Stop buying pre-packaged meat
- Use only rechargeable batteries
- Subscribe to a renewable energy tariff
- Adopt an eco-friendly technology item (I’m not quite sure what this means but I saw it on the internet)
- Re-join the library
- Plant a tree
I hope to have decided on January’s project by New Year’s Eve. I will post what we decide and also how we get on. In the meantime, if you have any ideas …..