Sustainability Pledge to 2019
Its another year here (that sounds so cliche, I cringed). but it means another sustainability pledge!!! I talked in the post “Letting Go and Welcoming In” how difficult the last three years were for us, but even then we kept creating plans - we just REALLY stunk in 2018.
Oh well, its a journey and we just pick right back up.
So without further ado:
Sustainability Pledge to 2019
Moving into our 4th year of these pledges, we have noticed that the list was not also providing real life practices to support the goals. This year, the pledge also includes the steps we can take to make these a reality.
In 2020, we would like to see a large amount of reduced financial spending (inspired by No Spend Month/Year and Buy Nothing Groups) so 2019 will have an additional focus of really creating a sustainable home where buying things all the time isn’t as needed.
For 2019 our pledge for continuing on our journey to live a more sustainable, environmentally conscious, and financial responsible life includes:
Handmade gifts for Yule and birthdays
1) Gifts should be of natural materials and/or promote a sustainable lifestyle
Yarn will be 100% wool (not superwash) and preferably from a small shepherd and/or fiber shop
Projects that take longer will be started first to allow for plenty of time and the spacing out of purchases
Shop second hand first
1) If not available at local thrift shops, Bookoo, or Craigslist; check eBay or other second hand online retailers
2) No settling, items must still be natural materials and follow our belief guidelines
More local and seasonal foods
1) Leesville Farmers Market
2) Local Farms
Revolutionary Meat Co
From the Ground LLC
Inglewood CSA (small variety though - check for buying larger amounts)
Grow as much as we can
1) Purchase greenhouse
2) Build raised beds
3) Fix compost area (use old pallets)
Continue learning food preservation techniques to stock local and seasonal foods for year round.
Follow the 5 R’s
Think about if this is something we really need and if it fits into our sustainable, ethical lifestyle
Reduce packaging - buy bulk
Conserve electricity and water
Line drying clothes
More efficient climate control in house - sweaters and socks instead of heat etc
Share showers and baths, when possible
Utilize scrap materials first
Buy compostable packaging
Use shredded paper from Oaken’s work to help balance compost as needed
#1 & #2 plastics only if plastic needs to be purchased
Glass to Alexandria every other month *create space in the garage
Cans - find alternatives!
Cardboard/paper is used in fire building or compost
Quit single serve beverage in plastic/can
Suck it up
Cook from scratch more
1) Meal plan
2) Bulk cooking days
3) Cooking over fire days
4) Don’t make packaged convenience foods available
Cleaning products will be 100% biodegradable - in reusable or recyclable packaging
NO PALM OIL
Clothes should be natural fibers, organic if buying new
Small businesses with ethical practices get our business first
Walmart and Amazon get our business last
Don’t forget refuse, reduce, and reuse before purchasing
SKILLS TO LEARN OR IMPROVE
Dyeing with plants
Field dressing (hunting)
Cooking over fire
A big reminder to myself (and others) that its all a journey and that our pledge is designed for our family where we are at on our journey - and pushes us where we struggle. Some challenges are unique to our area - which can change with a move. Some challenges come into our pledge because of our belief system.
As long as we are moving towards a more sustainable, ethical, zero waste, and plastic free life - we are moving in the right direction. I’m not going to get into all the politics of “the movement” here. My walk is my talk.
If you are interested in creating a pledge and wanting some accountability - I started a FB group designed just for that! Sustainability Pledge 2019 Accountability Group