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Project 333, Reducing our Footprint

An update on everything.

Recently we received a letter from Fortis BC. They were thanking us for signing up for renewable natural gas. We can now say that 10% of our natural gas is carbon neutral. It’s cool to think somewhere in BC someone is injecting the pipeline with a small amount of renewable natural gas made from BC organic waste. We will be getting 30 Air Miles for the first month and 10 Air Miles each month going forward. We will be getting a 10% discount on our carbon tax because they can’t tax the portion that is carbon neutral. They put in some magnets in the envelope. At first I was sad. Did they not get that sending us crap defeats some of the purpose? Then I read the letter. Seems they are made sustainably from 70% recycled material. It was added to help us advertise our support of renewable natural gas. I get it now.

I found a solution for eye makeup remover – olive oil. It seems to remove all of my makeup effectively. I like that it is something that is already a main-stay in our home. All I do is dab a bit on a cloth and wipe. Easy. It smells a lot better than the fancy eye creams out there.

Project 333 has expanded to the kids. My toddler now has around 33 items (not including a pair of sunglasses, jackets, hats and shoes). Some of his warmer clothes are stored for the fall. My kindergartener has around 33 items including jackets (but not including sunglasses, hats and shoes). All of his long-sleeved tees and other wintery items went into a storage box.

For my own Project 333 update… I have continued to have issues with my work wardrobe. My black skirt that I recently added (because the older skirt had faded beyond hope) ripped up the slit when I got into my van last week. It was okay until it ripped just a little higher. Now the slip shows! So it needs to go get repaired. My husband has a pair of pants that need a missing button replaced. They will be brought in together. Until then, I replaced my replacement with a black dress from our garage.

I am testing a new citric acid solution for apple slices today. 1 cup of water to 2 teaspoons of citric acid. The results will be in when the lunch box returns after school. The earlier attempt made the slices taste like sour keys. Two days later they were still fresh and bright. A friend really liked the sourness but I found it a bit much.

We are shopping for a new fridge. I am partial to a Maytag French Door Bottom Freezer Refrigerator. It claims to save 20% of the energy use just by switching the location of the freezer. I will post about it when we buy it and it is living in our home! Our fridge is old and crappy. I can only imagine how much energy we will save.

I’m stuck at what to do about my Cabbage Patches and their clothes. At Christmas I gave one away to my god-daughter. Last month I sold one doll with a few clothes to a little girl who will love them. But the rest are still in my home. It’s another marker. There will be no little girls joining our household. Therefore I do not need these dolls. I am very happy with my boys but I always thought I would have a little girl. I could have taken her  to Brownies and dance classes.

By the way, what does everyone think of the new graphics ect… on my crappy blog? I can’t believe I figured out how to make it so pretty.


“Reduce the complexities of life by eliminating the needless wants of life, and the labors of life reduce themselves.” – Edwin Way Teale

Material blessings, when they pay beyond the category of need, are weirdly fruitful of headache. ~Philip Wylie




About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.


8 thoughts on “An update on everything.

  1. I like the fridge and the closets for your boys remind me of my closet. I have pared down enough that one hanging organizer and a shelf above hold everything I own. I got rid of the dresser to open up more space. As for your cabbage patch dolls I know what you mean, my grandmother kept all my little girl toys and I had two boys. Do you want to make money from them? List on ebay. Or you could try a consignment store or freecycle them????

    Posted by livingsimplyfree | May 25, 2012, 7:32 pm


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