Thursday, December 30, 2010

Getting Started with Sustainability in 2011

Amazingly, it has been a year since I started this blog; hopefully, you have enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoy writing it.  We will certainly be continuing our journey into sustainable living in 2011, but I thought it may be useful as the last post of the year to do something that is part retrospective and part overview.

If your New Year's resolution is to live more sustainably, you may wonder where to start.  For me, I think the best place is with ideas that fix a problem you currently have, minimize something you don't like to do, or maximize something you do enjoy. 

For example, I have frequently explained that the gas bill around here drives me batty.  Somehow, it just becomes the ultimate in paying for something that I've already used up by the time the bill comes -- yeah, I was warm one day a month ago when the heat was running full blast, but now the bill is here and I hate to pay it.  So, the ideal way for me to make changes in how sustainably I lived was projects that kept my house and me warm without running up a monster gas bill. 

So, if you are just starting out, here are some common goals and feelings you may have, along with some ideas to improve your life by living sustainably:

I hate paying the heat bill, but I hate being cold.
I have an expensive food treat that I want to use to its best advantage.
  • Feature an artisinal cheese this way in summer or winter.
  • Feature a special meat next to piles of veggies.
  • Stretch the expensive food.
I want to explore herbal remedies.
I hate buying cleaning products.
I hate buying personal care products.
I want to start preserving food.
I want to lower my food bill.
I want to boost my sustainable cred with some resource-friendly projects.

(Note:  This is not an exhaustive 2010 index, but I did try to include the posts that attracted the most discussion here, on my Facebook page under Hilltop Communications, or in person.)

Happy New Year!  Let's make 2011 even more sustainable!
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  1. That's a lot of info together and things one can do fairly easily.
    I have done some of them. Need to do more.
    Great blog! Love the illustration.

  2. I miss you! Hope you and yours are well.