So to start, these are my resolutions from last year. Let’s see how I did!
-Pet as many dogs as I can: I definitely gave this one my best shot, so I will give myself a pass.
-Get out of town at least once a month, leave the state at least twice this year: I failed really bad on this one. I did get out of town a few times, but never made it out of state.
-Pay off CC bill, 70% of private loan, start working on student debt: I was so young and stupid. I’m in worse debt now than I was then.
-Move out of my mom’s house: I did it!
-Choose a career and get a big kid job: I did it(ish)!
-Apply for Masters programs: I’m in the process of doing it!
So upon reflection I didn’t do as poorly as I would have expected and I am giving myself a pat on the back.
This year I’m going to focus on one major thing. I’m still going to work on achieving my goals, but basically I want to work on changing my habits in the long term and becoming better as a whole.
I want to spend this year focusing on reducing my personal waste. I’ve been working on this since last year and have done better than in the past but I’ve also gotten lazy and less diligent. This is how I’m planning on reducing waste and how you can do the same:
- Stop buying paper towels
- I’ve been doing this since March. Since then, I’ve only purchased 5 total rolls of paper towels and each time it was because Gertie got diarrhea and I wasn’t going to clean it up with a dish cloth.
- Start buying more food in bulk
- One of the things I’ve been worst at is buying packaged food when I could have bought in bulk and saved myself money and waste. Also, I am going to invest in some glass jars so that I don’t have to use the plastic bulk bags. I’m also going to get some reusable produce bags and I’m going to start bringing in my reusable grocery bags (another area where I’ve been lazy)
- I live in an apartment complex that doesn’t compost and I don’t know how to take care of my food waste other than to bag it and give it to the people I know who compost. I think it would be really cool to start to write my city council and ask for a composting drop off for the city. I don’t know how to get something like that started, but I live near the Littleton Historical Museum (which is an operating farm,) and the Hudson Gardens (which could probably also benefit from community compost.)
- Stop using straws and plasticware
- I’ve also gotten a start with these but it’s hard to keep up. Whenever I receive or use any plasticware I take it home, clean it, and use it until it’s broken and then recycle the pieces. Plastic straws and utensils are really hard to avoid, but I’m going to be more diligent about bringing my reusable straws with me wherever I go and keeping eating utensils with me.
- Avoiding chemical cleaners
- This is also a toughie. I’ve been good with using vinegar to clean my surfaces but not so good about using sustainable personal products.
- Buy from ethical companies
- This is kind of broad, but I want to do more research about what companies I buy from and only buy from companies that are working for sustainability.
So these are the ideas I have for now and if you have any more please drop them off in the comments!