If Winco won’t allow us to use other containers, I would be open to shopping at stores that do. So, that’s where you come in. Do you know of any places that allow you to bring your own containers for bulk items? I’d prefer something in NW or SW Portland or the surrounding areas so it’s convenient and I’d love to hear your suggestions!
Because this is probably a resolution not many people are willing to make, I thought I would make a short list of “green resolutions” you could make for 2012:
- Carry a reusable bag to avoid using plastic bags. I keep a Chico bag in my car and in my purse. That way, when I go to the store I can avoid getting a plastic bag. If you need plastic bags for things like picking up dog poop or lining trash cans and don’t want to avoid them, try using your reusable bag half the time. I know many of you have tried this but seem to forget them when you get into the store, so having a few stashed in your purse is a great way to make sure you’re never without them. And, over time you’ll remember them.
- Get your morning coffee or tea in a reusable mug. If you remember even half the time, this would be a great resolution to start. And most places give you a $.10 discount for using your own cup!
- Start composting. If you have a backyard, this is a really easy resolution to keep. You can buy a fancy compost bin or you can just start a pile in your backyard. If you commit to this resolution, you’ll decrease your garbage dramatically, I guarantee it. Josh and I take our garbage out maybe once every three weeks because without the food, it’s not so stinky! You could even start vermicomposting if you’re really ambitious!
- Drive less, walk (or bike) more. If you live within a few miles of work, try walking on days you don’t need your car. Not only will you get a bit of exercise, but you’ll also save gas and reduce the emissions from not driving your car.
- Replace incandescent light bulbs with energy-efficient ones. I know you may not like the light that is put out by energy-efficient light bulbs, but there really are a lot of options available that give off good light while saving energy. Here’s a list of the different types of bulbs that you can use around your house.