December 30, 2010

Make some "Green Year's" Resolutions!

As each year draws to a close, people often reflect on the things they did right, the things they didn't, and what can change for the new year.  I'm no different, but rather than vowing to lose weight or exercise more, I want to resolve to do things that can have a more lasting impact.  I call them my "Green Year's Resolutions". 

Un-Paper Towels - For over two years, our family didn't buy a single roll of paper towels.  Instead, I had a tall stack of plain white terry cloth towels that we purchased at Costco.  They were used to clean up messes that paper towels are normally used for, like spills on the floor or stains in the carpet.  When they were dirty, they got washed.  When they were dry, then went into a big laundry bag just for un-paper towels (no folding that way!).  It worked great, but for some reason, when we moved a year ago, my husband bought a roll of paper towels.  When they ran out, we went to Costco and bought a bulk package of paper towels.  I still use the un-paper towels, but not nearly so often.  I want to get back to our reusables and quit buying paper! 

Handkerchiefs - This is another reusable that we've tried in the past.  They never stuck with the grown ups because I couldn't find any soft enough.  My daughter loves cloth baby wipes and that's all she'll use if she has a cold, but hubby and I stick with good old Kleenex.  I'd like to drop that off my Costco list as well and find a really good soft hankie.  I'm willing to make them, I just have to find the right fabric.

Rechargeable Batteries - When our daughter was born 5 1/2 years ago, I quickly realized we either needed stock in Energizer, or we needed rechargeables.  For $50 on ebay, I bought a stash of batteries and a charger.  Over the years, we've added more batteries to our stash and I had to replace a charger, but we haven't bought a single disposable battery (except once at the zoo when I forgot extra batteries for our camera).  Now that we have two kids, we need more batteries and a second charger.  There are things we should ALWAYS have spare batteries for (like my daughter's nightlight). 

Family Cloth - okay, I'm mentioning this one just so it's out there, but I admit right off that we won't make this switch.  I gave it a really good try a couple of years ago.  My hubby flat out refused to try it, despite me purposely running us out of toilet paper.  Instead, he ran to the store to use their bathroom and buy more toilet paper!  I was okay with it, but washing the wipes and stacking them was the straw that broke the laundress's back.  But, I think YOU should give it a try!!  Can you do 30 days?  7 days?  I'd love to hear how it turns out for your family!

2 comments:

Re: Family cloth... What would one do when having a party or friends over? Would they all have to use the family cloth? :-/

I believe most families that use family cloth keep TP in the bathrooms for visitors.

Certainly that's what I would do! I wouldn't want to wash other people's...stuff. And I would never expect them to use our cloth. Some things stay in the family!