Living Green past and future

I was reading about green new year’s resolutions over on Nature Moms Blog and started thinking about what I accomplished this past year to live a greener lifestyle and how I can improve on that in 2008. Here’s what I came up with.

In 2007, I…:

— Started using my compost bin, significantly reducing the amount of food waste that goes into the garbage

— Grew a few vegetables in a “pot” garden in my yard

— Bought some food at the farmer’s market

— Started regularly using reusable grocery bags

— Replaced the majority of our light bulbs with CFLs (compact fluorescent light bulbs)

— Began using cloth napkins

— Switched to a natural (Charlie’s) laundry soap

— Subscribed to GreenDimes (thanks to a gift from my mom)

— Freecycled, donated and sold unwanted items

Green goals for 2008:

— Continue with the things listed above and…

— Grow a bigger garden

— Possibly join a CSA to eat more locally and shop at the farmer’s market

— Buy some cloth diapers that can stand up to Julian’s nighttime pees and stop using disposables (7th Generation) at night (We cloth diaper during the day.)

— Learn how to can foods

— Learn how to make my own yogurt

— Read “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

That’s all that’s coming to me at the moment, but I’m sure I will think of more later and may add to the list as I it comes to me.

I have other personal goals for the new year as well, but will save those for another post, another time.

What about you? What are your green goals for 2008?

24 thoughts on “Living Green past and future”

  1. Have you tried hemp doublers at night? I use Baby Kicks Hemparoo doublers with a fuzzi bunz diaper – I use bum genius during the day but even with the doubler they don’t last at night.The doublers are great – you could even use a couple and not have a ton of bulk. I have a couple other brands of hemp doublers but they are not very good – they won’t last all night. Wool soakers are awesome too, he never leaks with one of those on.

  2. My two cents on the nighttime diapers (my son is also a heavy wetter due to my oversupply):
    Stuffing a pocket diaper with a prefold along with a hemp insert works really well!

    My goal is to get rid of all the plastic in our lives!

  3. I feel so fortunate. We moved to the greenest city I have ever experienced. We recycle everything and compost all from our apartment!

    I hope to grow some veggies this year and learn more.

  4. Ooh, you should definitely read Animal Vegetable Miracle! Wonderful book – I listened to the audio version and the authors are the narrators. The website is a great resource too.

  5. Amy – Contact Sunshine at
    She made emma some awesome AIO’s with her hemp package topped with microfleece. so nice & once it got washed & dried a few times held up to emma’s super nighttime soaking – (I even had to change sposies in the middle of the night so she wouldn’t wake up soaked through her jammies!

  6. I make my own yogurt, if you need some pointers!

    I still do disposables at night. I never got past the first thing in the morning pee smell. Sigh. Let me know what you find works for you!

    DH said the gov’t is phasing out incandescent lightbulbs by some year int eh future. Pretty cool!!

  7. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is such an inspiring book! This coming year, I will do some gardening in pots on our little deck. I want to try and figure out a way to compost, although at the moment it escapes me how I might do that. I plan to do most of my shopping at the local markets here, and, next summer, I will try my hand at canning a few things. I’m also going to make a huge effort to use our air conditioning a lot less this summer and not use the car at all in the city. I bought a great grocery cart so I can walk to the markets!

    Happy New Year!!

  8. I make my own yogurt and have some REALLY simple recipes that can get you started. Do you own a heating pad?
    I also have done a lot of canning in the past, but now I actually prefer freezing (if you have an additional freezer). The food tastes better I find. Of course jams and jellys are great to can. I have like 10 books if you need any resources!
    You go girl!

  9. I too am doing most of those items you listed…my problem is no matter how many babies I have, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to do the cloth diaper thing…

  10. i made a list for 101 in 1001, and one of the greeny ones is: use a travel mug for visits to starbucks and coffee places (at least 2 of every 6 visits)…plus i’m definitely planning a garden!

  11. You will LOVE Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. I’m a library girl all the way but bought that one. In hardback. LOVED it. It’s life changing, so just beware!

  12. I have many but get rid of plastic even more and eat 100% organic and budget so I can do it…cook more which helps with the budgeting!
    Great list!
    I post my journey on Fridays at Blessed Nest…baby steps but it is fun to look back and see progress we have made!!

  13. Hi there!

    I was watching Oprah today and it was all about ‘Going Green’ and I immediately thought of you. At one point they were talking about a website called Green Dimes ( and for only a dime a day, they will stop 90% of your junk mail. They have a ever growing count of the amount of trees they have saved. They also plant trees for every member who joins.

    Anywho, I’m not trying to sell you on anything but I just thought it might be a website you would enjoy and thought I would share it with you.

    Happy Friday!


  14. I’m about a year behind you. Many of your 2007 goals are goals for my 2008. I’m hoping to post some resolutions in the next week. Once they’re out there, I have to take action, right?

  15. hey crunchy,

    starting in april, you can now stop your junk mail for FREE with GreenDimes. 1st 5 million people who sign up we’ll PAY YOU or Plant a TREE

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