Monday, September 14, 2015

Seven Sustainable Things

So I thought it would be fun to add a new periodic column to FC&G.  Welcome to "Seven Sustainable Things," which will chronicle seven things we've done over the previous seven days to live a more sustainable lifestyle.  Hopefully, you'll see that sustainable living doesn't need big projects all the time but can move forward with little actions.

  1. We put up the pop-up greenhouse, which you can see in the photo.  I'm hoping to really extend the season on some container tomatoes, peppers, and beans, and this will be a much lighter and sunnier place for the plants to live until it is way too cold and I have to move them into the sunroom.
  2. I had to make three trips to the grocery to pick things up we needed, but I biked all of those trips.  According to my fitness app, that was a total of 13.41 miles that burnt an extra 543 calories while saving a bit of gas and wear and tear on the car.
  3. I canned beans from our garden.  Not many, mind you, but I'm slowly amassing enough beans to make for some meals for Mr. FC&G.
  4. I worked a bit on the blanket I'm making from yarn ends from my projects for Carrot Creations. It takes a lot of time, but I'm slowly getting a cozy all-organic cotton blanket from the yarn ends that would otherwise go to compost or clutter up a shelf.
  5. We made a veggie pizza with onions, plus peppers and basil from the garden. This gave us a meat-free meal that even Mr. FC&G, the resident meat-eater, enjoyed, and it was healthy and cheap.
  6. With a cool spell over the weekend, I turned off the AC and let the cool air flood into the main level of the house.
  7. Similarly, we are now only using the window AC at night in the bedroom as needed and trying to leave the whole-house AC off to save money.
What was your best sustainable action this past week?
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  1. Using my Diva Cup! I love that I'm not sending used tampons/pads to the landfills, I'm doing something that's better for my body AND I'm saving money! :)

    1. Good for you! I've never been able to work up the courage to use a Diva Cup, but I swear I'm going to give it a try. :-)