a few more green goals
last year, I didn’t complete
nearly everything on My
Great Green Goals for 2009.
The following in bold are
the goals from last year
that I did accomplish
or partially accomplished:
Cook more meals from scratch, eat out even less than last year
We ate out twice, HUGE improvement compared to previous years.
Use my reusable shopping bags even more than last year-for ALL shopping trips
Did really well, but will put this as a goal for this year as well because we did miss using them for a few trips, going to try and store them in the vehicle permanently, I’ve heard that helps.
Line dry clothes outside in the warmer months again (we haven't done this for quite awhile)
We did awesome with this and did it ALL last year, both inside and out, and did not use the dryer once!
Keep growing more houseplant varieties
Did-still want to expand more.
Continue the transformation of our front yard that is small, into a grass-less area, planting hostas, flowers, maybe even some edible plants
We did more until we found out that the city plans to do digging in our front yard this year, so we did not finish it-as most of our work would be pointless until they get what they need done.
Buy a manual lawn mower for our backyard or use more of our backyard for garden space
Decided not to buy another lawn mower. We have a pretty small space, so we used some as garden space, hope to use even more this year!
Tune up bicycles and ride!
Did get them tuned but still need to ride...
More post definitely coming on the subject of bicycling!
Plant two more fruit trees on my parent’s property, at least one for Love Bug and one for Lizard Man
Plant a fruit tree on our property
Did not get more trees for the kids planted on my parent’s property, but we did get 4 fruit trees (2 peach and 2 apple) planted on ours!
Plant more fruit bushes on our property
Planted 2 Nanking Cherry Bushes
1 Gooseberry Bush
2 Thornless Blackberry Bushes
Plant more seedlings this year than last year
Planted some, but still room for more improvement.
Have a garden with lots of veggies and MAINTAIN IT
Did have a garden, maintained it some, but still more room for improvement here.
Build at least one compost bin to be able to make it a bit easier and alternate it with our current compost bin
Built it ½ way (to my standards anyhow) and it is currently being used, but I would like to improve upon this and build some kind of brace around part of it using old tree lumber from pruning that would otherwise be discarded/burned.
Buy more rechargeable batteries, and use for everything (except continue to buy non-rechargeable batteries for the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors)
Buy, make, and use only reusable feminine products
Also, accomplished about the last half of the year. Would still like to experiment with a few different products and possible give reviews here.
Buy or sew some covers for Love Bug’s cloth diapers that are not all-in-ones, so I don’t “need” to buy china made plastic pants
Didn’t get this accomplished and this one is getting crossed off my list for now, as Love Bug was potty trained before her 2nd birthday! That is a great accomplishment for the environment anyhow as no more washing cloth diapers because she is potty trained!
Learn how to sew better and make at least a couple of gifts for the kids
I really should have put “Learn how to sew better with the sewing machine” because I skated by with this goal with a hand sewn ornament for Lizard Man and one for Love Bug. But a sewn gift for the kids none-the-less and they loved them, so that is all that really matters isn’t it!?
Make a lot more recycled items for My Etsy Shop!
While I made some, I didn’t make a lot, will and have been working on more already, just need to get them photographed and put up on Etsy.
Look for Part 2 of My Great Green Goals 2010 tomorrow!!!