GreenDimes was one of my more successful green initiatives from last year. My husband and I agree that our junk mail has been reduced substantially. I'm looking forward to a day when the only items that appear in our mailbox are legitimate correspondence and online orders. (I'm also working on getting more of my bills electronically.)
Even though I don't do resolutions, per se, I had a few green goals for 2008. First on the list was to start bringing my own shopping bags to the grocery store. I purchased a 3-pack of bags at Costco that are really great, but enormous. I can probably get the equivalent of four or five bags of groceries into one, but that's okay because they have two sets of handles in different lengths to balance the load.
My second goal was to start recycling glass. Our curbside recycling pickup started excluding glass a year or two ago and it just feels wrong to throw it away. The problem is that I can't seem to find out where to take the glass I collect. Our recycling company's website seems to be in permanent crash mode and none of the city or county sites have anything useful to say. I did find a glass recycling center in a nearby city; maybe I can pretend I live there and get them to take my little collection of condiment jars and wine bottles.
My final goal - and this is the expensive one - is to substantially increase the amount of insulation in our attic and have all of our old windows replaced with energy efficient ones. Our utility bills really aren't that bad, but I'm sure our drafty windows and thin insulation make them worse than necessary.
While I'm working on making my house as green as I can, I've been drafted for a "green team" at work to come up with ideas for making the office more environmentally friendly. My ideas so far include purchasing environmentally neutral cleaning supplies and recycled paper goods, recycling more kinds of materials, encouraging more people to recycle rather than discard, and facilitating carpooling among employees who live near each other.
Have any other good green suggestions for me for home or office? I'll take 'em!