Every year around this time, the Eco Women set some eco goals for the coming year. Last year, they told you their plans for 2010. Listed below, you’ll find out how they did and what they’re planning for 2011:
2010 — Eco Lassie and her husband planned to incorporate more whole foods into their diet. They’ve upped their vegetable intakes and have lost weight (12 pounds for her; 35 for him).
2011 — Eco Lassie is going to be better about bringing shopping bags with her. She has also been able to recycle shipping materials and plans to keep up with that.
2010 — Enviro Girl wanted to learn to can vegetables and this did not happen; however, she froze enough beans, tomatoes, and peas to last her family of five until next summer. She also wanted to make better use of her kitchen garden and was very successful in that — her family ate fresh homegrown veggies and fruits (carrots, tomatoes, spinach, lettuce, beets, squash, peas, berries, and pears) all season. She planned to vigilantly recycle plastic bags and, in the process, reduced her trash output by a lot. Regarding her plan to get control of Reed Canary Grass, which is an invasive species on her Wisconsin property, she’s not sure how that went. Due to severe weather conditions — over three feet of rain — her property flooded, making any kind of weed control impossible. They’re hoping that the wet weather hampered the weed’s growth. Enviro Girl and her husband also planned to research getting solar panels for their house. While they’ve done the research, they have not yet committed to the project; they are waiting for costs to come down a bit more first.
2011 — Enviro Girl wants to bake bread, which will reduce the waste generated by her family and increase their consumption of healthy ingredients. They plan to plant 100 tree seedlings on their property. They are also going to go meatless at least one day per week. Finally, they want to make more gifts instead of buying them.
2010 — Green Queen planned to reuse yarn to make new projects, garden more, reuse old game pieces for some new art projects, can some of her produce (she already cans her jams), and rebuild some of her garden furniture. She was successful in most of her goals, but felt that she could have done even more with her gardening. She did not can any produce or make any jam, so she’s adding those to her list of goals for 2011.
2011 — Green Queen plans to garden more, can some produce, take some knitting classes so she can start making clothes (sweaters, etc.). She also wants to bike more to work and to run errands — at least in the summer. She also wants to compost more and is thinking about starting a worm bin this spring.
2010 –Recycla planned to increase her gardening efforts to produce even more bounty for her table. She also wanted to preserve more food for the cold months. She was successful in both of these — producing bumper crops of beans, tomatoes, peas, and more and freezing enough food to supplement her family’s meals for months. Recycla and her family also pledged to have 40-50 “No Drive Days” — meaning that her family would not drive their cars at all on those days. Instead, they would walk or bike or simply stay home. They were very successful in this goal and Recycla plans to blog more about this next week.
2011 — Recycla’s main goal will be to REFUSE before reducing, reusing, and recycling. On a related note, she plans to declutter her home considerably and has a specific plan for this, which she will also blog about next week. She also wants to install at least one rain barrel in her garden. Recycla’s family will also continue to track their No Drive Days in 2011. Finally, Recycla will once again plant as much as her garden will hold and try to preserve a great deal of her garden’s bounty.
Tell the Eco Women: What are your eco goals for 2011?
HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM THE ECO WOMEN!