Now, a year is quite an investment, and I have been known to be fickle at sticking to plans, so I am declaring September a "green" month, in the hope that I will create some better habits and help the environment at the same time.
What rules will I live by?
♡ I will not purchase anything for myself. ANYTHING (yeah, this might be hard to stick to)
♡ I must only use reusable shopping and grocery bags - NO PLASTIC! Small plastic bags for fruit and vegies will be saved from my first shop, and reused until they break
♡ I will not be lazy and throw everything in the rubbish! I must sort my recyclables from my true trash, and I aim to separate anything suitable for the compost bin, and not the rubbish bin.
♡ I will cook healthier meals, and we will not eat takeaway. No snacks from the tea-room, no bottles of drink, no lunches or snacks while out and about
♡ I will repair all of the clothes in the mending basket. And any new garments must be hand made!
♡ I will put on an extra layer of clothes before turning on the heater.
♡ I will unplug unused appliances instead of leaving them on standby mode
♡ I will use Blackle
Here's what we're already doing:
♡ I only wash laundry in cold water, and we don't own a dryer (our living room is always littered with clothes horses)
♡ We use water saving shower heads, and I shower at work (after the gym)
♡ We have solar hot water
♡ We don't have mains water connected, only tank water (which isn't by choice, and it sucks having your shower schedule dictated by the rain clouds!)
♡ I buy secondhand
♡ I use green grocery bags sporadically
Now, I foresee some challenges. J's birthday is in September, as is the Gangsters' Ball and a trip to Melbourne to see Mary Poppins! I also have a week of leave at the end of September, but thankfully I won't be able to go shopping in Geelong as a darn cycling race is on, closing down major roads and making it nigh impossible to get in or out!
Anyone up for joining my challenge? I might particularly need help with the spending ban aspect of this challenge!