Monday, January 4, 2010

One Small Change Challenge

I have two new favorite sites, SouleMama and Hip Mountain Mama. Hip Mtn Mama has issued a challenge to make one small change each month to help the environment. Here it is:

"Our vision with Hip Mountain Mama is much larger than selling environmentally friendly products. We are passionate about educating others about sustainability and passsionate about building community. Our desire to create a community of individuals who want to make a possitive change has led to the creation of our One Small Change project.

We want to challenge each of you to make 1 change each month leading up to Earth Day (April 22, 2010). It can be small or it can be huge, but all we ask is that you decide on something you will do to make a positive green impact and follow through with it. If everyone makes 4 changes between January and April, this can have a huge effect. If you want to be a part of this amazing and life changing challenge, please see below for details.

How does it work? On January first (or soon after) you will decide on what change you want to make for that month and blog about it. For the entire month you will be conscious of this decision and follow through with what you decided on. Then on Feb. 1 you will write another blog post explaining how the month went with your new green change and also write about what you will change for that month. You will do the same on March 1st and April 1st, then will have one final post on April 22nd listing all the changes you made and the differences it made in your life

I have several ideas in mind. One for this month, I use recycled bags at the grocery store, but nowhere else. I feel guilty bringing home all that plastic from Target or WalMart. I pulled out some pretty fabric yesterday and am going to sew up some bags to take to non-grocery stores. My sister gave me a book for Christmas from Soulemama on recycled sewing projects, including shopping bags. She knows how I comb the thrift stores looking for things to repurpose. If I didn't have such a large fabric stash from when a fabric shop went out of business, I would be buying old curtains or sheets for this project. I'll post some photos when they are made