Well, I did it. I wrote one post per week, all year long, as planned. And after two total years of blogging, I’m ready to call it quits. The life changes I’ve made will carry on, I just won’t be writing about them anymore. Thank you so much to everyone who has followed our adventures. Writing about Near-O Waste has been incredibly fulfilling and rewarding, and I’m excited to see what happens next!
My last N.O.W. idea of 2016 is…
Read through my year of ideas and try one that inspires you. There’s no better time to make a change. Don’t believe what you hear- you *can* stick to your New Year’s resolutions… if you truly want to!
Where will 2017 take you?
Starting N.O.W. (Near-O-Waste): Gradual Steps in a New Direction: reflecting upon my first year of Near-O Waste and starting to share a new idea every other week, in hopes to inspire you to make less trash, minimize your possessions, and simplify your life.
N.O.W. idea #1: Bring Your Own Bag (for everything!): Reusable grocery bags aren’t just for groceries!
N.O.W. idea #2: Stop Drinking Bottled Water: get a reusable one
N.O.W. idea #3: Put Utensils in Your Glovebox: fork, knife, spoon, check!
N.O.W. idea #4: Bring Your Own Coffee Mug: keep disposables out of the landfill
N.O.W. idea #5: Switch to Cloth Produce Bags: swaddle your produce
N.O.W. idea #6: Read Zero Waste Home: inspiration from Bea Johnson
N.O.W. idea #7: Give Tare and Chance: get your jars ready
N.O.W. idea #8: Designate a Purse Napkin: make room for a new resident
N.O.W idea #9: Ditch Paper Towels: help save the trees!
N.O.W. idea #10: Make a Good2Go Kit: get your gear ready for action
N.O.W. idea #11: Dispose of One Disposable: add another reusable to your life
N.O.W. idea #12: Make Something “Packaged”: time for a little DIY
N.O.W. idea #13: Switch to Single TP Rolls: and be ready for a campfire!
N.O.W. idea #14: Reduce Paper Mail: no more junk!
N.O.W. idea #15: Love Your Local Library: and your kids will love it too
N.O.W. idea #16: Read the Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: and then get tidying!
N.O.W. idea #17: Make Your Potluck Near-O: skip the plastic wrap and foil
N.O.W idea #18: Help Me Spread the Word About Near-O Waste: Thank you in advance!
N.O.W. idea #19: Be a Locavore: even if just for a week
N.O.W. idea #20: Pick a Category, Any Category (and minimize it!): start the process today!
N.O.W idea #21: Pack Your Trash: and watch out for that wind!
N.O.W. idea #22: Track Your Trash: pay attention to what you’re tossin’
N.O.W. idea #23: Give Near-O Gifts: please your loved ones with less waste
N.O.W. idea #24: Rethink Wrapping: what are the alternatives?
N.O.W. idea #25: Downsize and Digitize Your Memories: Welcome 2017 with a fresh, less cluttered start
And as always, I’m thankful for a brand new year!