2010 was the start of this site and the beginning of my business New Leaf Handmade Goods. I learnt a few things about social media and business,and discovered how I could turn my creativity and love of making into a source of income, and to do it in a sustainable way. It also found me implementing ways to live more sustainably: making my own laundry detergent and cleaning supplies, making more gifts than I bought, replacing disposable items with reusable ones, decided to only buy organic bananas, made the switch to cloth napkins, planted heirloom and organic seed varieties in my garden, canned lots of stuff to avoid buying non-local as much as possible....Maybe there's more, but that's all I've got for now.
- Use my Reusable Bags: Keep my cloth bags in the vehicle so I don't forget them when I buy groceries.
- Hang my Laundry Year-Round: in summer on the clothesline, in winter on the drying rack.
- Pick A Food to Eat Exclusively Locally: Only eat carrots from my own or my family's gardens, or buy them at farmer's markets or the ones from Pioneer Co-op that come from Kyle, SK. Otherwise, live without them.
- Pick a Food to Buy Organic: I can't decide on one to stick with, so I'll just make sure when I buy produce, at least one item is organic.
- Continue to explore "Wild" local foods. After the snow melts.
- Visit as many garage sales as humanly possible.
- Whatever else strikes my fancy along the way. Thoughts?
I found this article from the NRDC to be a bit useful:
What are your goals towards a more sustainable lifestyle? I'd love to hear your ideas!