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9 Less-Waste Goals: January Update

9 Less-Waste Goals: January Update

January was a quick and focused month around here. I did not blog regularly; my mental energies went almost entirely to implementing our 9 less-waste goals for 2019 and, of course, entering into my third trimester of pregnancy.

As I promised myself, however, I pause now to review and reflect upon the month and our efforts. This is not a shaming protocol, but rather an opportunity to consider what went well, what rose or fell in priority, and how I might proceed this month in the pursuit of embodied and ecologically-conscious love.

The Quaint Hankie: Quick Switch #006

The Quaint Hankie: Quick Switch #006

In the past I have used toilet paper for ordinary nose-blowing situations and, perhaps, some of those soft lotion-ized packs of tissues when a cold came calling. However, last month a virus struck the Coyle-Carr household during our Uber-Frugal Month Challenge (I mentioned the challenge briefly here).

It is funny how small shifts in priorities--even for a short amount of time--can make room for new rhythms. It is also interesting the way a change in one "department" can significantly impact other areas as well; everything is truly connected. Because we participated in the frugal month challenge, I thought twice about requesting tissues from the store.

My husband Aaron took the plunge first. While still sniffling, he got paid to go sit in a room for 8 hours with strangers. He took his trusty blue handkerchief and a bottle of gifted hand-sanitizer. And it worked.  

Between Aaron's positive testimonial and the encouragement of our frugal month, I found myself ready to take the next step on my zero-waste journey:

 

TRADING PAPER TISSUES FOR CLOTH HANDKERCHIEFS.