Green Intentions for the New Year

New comfrey leaves growingNew Year’s resolutions are all too often made only to be broken. There’s something about a list of must and must nots that stirs up the rebel in all of us. So I’ve long since changed to setting intentions, and not just at new year. However the beginning of a new year is a great time to look at what you are doing with fresh eyes and see if there are any steps you can take to improve on things.

My green intentions are all about building on where we’ve started to go greener.

Recycling and Rubbish
We already separate out our plastics, paper, tins and glass to be recycled. Our local dump has a recycling facility and sorts it for selling on to recycling initiatives. But I know that there are still more things that go into our regular rubbish bin that could be either composted or recycled. It just takes a little bit more effort and little more nagging on my part to get the family properly trained!

Light bulbs
I’ve been researching and writing about LED light bulbs for ages now… but we still haven’t made the change in our own home. They are expensive, which is why we’ve not got around to it yet, despite the advantages; but if we could manage to replace one old CFL bulb a month over the next year, with an equivalent good quality LED light bulb, most of our main household lighting would be switched over to a much greener alternative.

Compost
I love the idea of composting: putting all the household organic waste onto a heap and having it turn into lovely rich nutrients for the soil. But I have to confess that I haven’t yet really got the hang of the process. And my composting worms aren’t multiplying the way they should either. So I’m making a tentative commitment to being more proactive about my compost efforts, rather than just chucking things on the heap and hoping for the best.

What about you – have you any green intentions for 2013?

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