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INHABITAT NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS FOR 2010!

by , 01/01/10
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Happy New Year’s Everyone!

The ball has dropped, the countdown has ended, and a brand new year now unfolds before us! This past week we reflected upon the best of 2009, and now team Inhabitat is looking towards the future with our New Year’s resolutions! 2010 is shaping up to be a great year already with glimmers that recession is coming to an end, exciting developments afoot at Inhabitat, and inspiring events to look forward to. Read on for our resolutions, and let us know about yours by leaving a comment below!
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Jill Fehrenbacher, Green Design, Green Designer, Eco Designer, Green Design Blogger, Green ArchitectJILL FEHRENBACHER, Founder & Editor-in-Chief, New York, NY

I’ve got a bunch of resolutions for 2010 and most of them involve trying to step it up to the next level of green by making little but important changes in the way I deal with little things in my life (heating my apartment, dealing with food waste, finding a quick bite) instead of what is easiest and most convenient. My husband and I just got an infrared gun and we’re busy scoping out all the heat leaks in our apartment and patching them up with insulation so that we don’t have to do the lazy thing – which would be to use our heaters like crazy this winter. I also resolve to figure out how to do indoor, apartment composting without failing in a pile of stink and good intentions (as god as my witness!!!). I resolve to cook more and stop letting takeout happen in my household (because New York City won’t recycle take-out containers). Finally, and most importantly, I resolve to unplug from technology and from workaholism: turn off the blackberry and brake the shackles to my laptop and spend more time outside in the park with my son and husband. (More about that here)

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inhabitat editorial team, inhabitat new year's resolutions 09, 2009 inhabitat resolutions, sustainable design editor, green design editor, mike chinoMIKE CHINO, Managing Editor of Inhabitat, San Francisco, CA

Reflecting on how everything is produced from some cache of resources and that there’s no “away” to throw things has me looking into some serious lifestyle edits in 2010. In addition to carefully considering the impact of the objects that I consume, I’m going to aim to buy less, invest in better things, and take care of what I own. Over the past year or so I’ve picked up a tool kit, a soldering iron, and a shoe shine kit, and I intend to put them to good use! I’d also like to become handier in general and learn how to fix broken things around the house and repair my ride – a classy 80′s road bike that is slowly disintegrating piece by piece.
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inhabitat editorial team, inhabitat new year's resolutions 09, 2009 inhabitat resolutions, sustainable design editor, green design editorYUKA YONEDA, Senior Editor, New York, NY

As the biggest bacon enthusiast you’ve ever seen in your life (you’ll see what I mean if you check out the logo of my site www.swyyne.com), living a meat-free lifestyle without bursting into tears at every meal just didn’t seem feasible to me until pretty recently. Meat has always been a huge part of my life – I eat steak to celebrate, roast a chicken to show my family I love them and cheer myself up with a burger when I’m feeling blue. That being said, as a person who cares about the environment, I realized that I really want to take my convictions to the next level by eating less meat – a lot less. I’m still not brave enough to be a guest in my friends’ homes and tell them (or their parents, for that matter) that I can’t eat the meat sauce they made, but I’ve been able to go for a few weeks now without making meat meals or buying meat at my own house, and it feels great. My body feels cleaner, I’m actually saving a lot of money and, believe it or not, my kitchen stays a lot cleaner. I won’t lie – I’ll definitely still indulge in a burger now and again, but my goal is to eat one twice or three times a year instead of twice of three times a week. Wish me luck!
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inhabitat editorial team, inhabitat new year's resolutions 09, 2009 inhabitat resolutions, sustainable design editor, green design editor, Abigail DoanABIGAIL DOAN, Art & Style Editor, New York, NY

Looking ahead to 2010, I am excited by the possibilities for innovative ways to ‘fashion’ my life. 2009 was all about managing the flow of materials in and out of my home, so I hope that this New Year will be about (cleverly and stylishly) doing more with less. Given that I work and travel between NYC and Europe (annual carbon footprint to be factored in here), it is vital for my family and I to streamline our daily routines and household consumption while also giving back to the communities where we live. I am thrilled that I have such wonderful fiber art and outreach projects on tap for 2010, so I also intend to use these opportunities as ways to share the message of sustainability, cultural preservation, and natural resource management. Textiles are quite literally the fabric of our lives, so it is fitting that our global focus will now shift from the International Year of Natural Fibres 2009 to the International Year of Biodiversity 2010. May we all come to appreciate just how delicate and diverse the threads that connect and bind us truly are.
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inhabitat editorial team, inhabitat new yearBETH SHEA, Managing Editor of Inhabitots, Portland, OR

After recently watching the compelling online documentary, “Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood, which is vital ‘must-see’ viewing for every parent, it is with absolute clarity that I declare my New Year’s resolution. In 2010 and beyond, we will unplug our daughter and our family as much as possible from unhealthy and deceptive media influences and end unessential consumerism. Instead, we’ll focus on developing our child as a unique individual by encouraging her imagination through good, old-fashioned playtime and activities that inspire unique, creative thought as opposed to buying her toys with convoluted social messages.
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inhabitat editorial team, inhabitat new year's resolutions 09, 2009 inhabitat resolutions, sustainable design editor, green design editor, jasmin malik chuaJASMIN MALIK CHUA, Managing Editor of Ecouterre, New Jersey, NY

I don’t usually make New Year’s resolutions—you can’t break ‘em if you don’t make ‘em—but this year I’d like to create a better balance between work and home life and not lose my own needs in the shuffle. (The line can get awfully blurry when you’re negotiating editorial, dirty diapers, and a cat with self-esteem issues at the same time!) Also, to eat more ice cream.
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inhabitat editorial team, inhabitat new year's resolutions 09, 2009 inhabitat resolutions, sustainable design editor, green design editorEMILY PILLOTON, Senior Editor, San Francisco, CA

I usually make abstract resolutions like “This year I will get things done and find balance.” In 2010, I have a very specific to-do list. As the founder of Project H Design, I’ve worked the past 2 years building a design activism firm from the ground up. This year, not just for me but for designers who really want to walk the walk, it’s time we focus on output, rather than an outlet for empty talk of designing for social change. Let’s really hone skills and get thing done, in places that need it, away from our laptops. In 2010, I’ll be getting certified as a high school teacher, moving to the poorest county in North Carolina, and launching a design/build high school program that focuses on community improvement. If you’re a creative professional who really believes that design can change the world, quit listening to yourself talk and go do it.
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inhabitat editorial team, inhabitat new yearSARAH RICH, Contributing Editor, San Francisco, CA

My resolution (among others) is to ride my bike! I got a great one this year from Linus Bikes and haven’t used it nearly enough. 2010 is for two wheels.
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inhabitat editorial team, inhabitat new year's resolutions 09, 2009 inhabitat resolutions, sustainable design editor, green design editorARIEL SCHWARTZ, Technology Editor, San Francisco, CA

Meat is one of my guilty pleasures, and although I’m not sure that I’m ready to give it up in the next year, I want to try to only eat chicken, turkey, etc. if I know where it came from. The same thing goes for seafood — I plan to only eat what I know has been farmed sustainably. I’d also like to start riding my bike around the city — public transportation is great (and I don’t have a car), but adding one more bike to the road contributes to the growing movement of bikers who want to feel safe sharing the streets with cars.
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inhabitat editorial team, inhabitat new year's resolutions 09, 2009 inhabitat resolutions, sustainable design editor, green design editorLEA BOGDAN, Contributing Writer, Chicago, IL

This year I have a sort of resolution trifecta. I have already kicked started my first resolution to use public transit whenever possible, but this will become increasingly more difficult as the winter gets colder and more windy. It will be a challenge, but I will try to bear it all the way through the winter without the use of my car. My second resolution is to consider green practices in every product that I design. Lastly, I want to find a way to get more involved in my new community. Since I just relocated to Chicago, I am in search of a group or organization with a green mission that I can join. If anyone has a lead, please leave a comment to let me know more.
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inhabitat editorial team, inhabitat new year's resolutions 09, 2009 inhabitat resolutions, sustainable design editor, green design editorBRIT LIGGETT, Contributing Writer, New York, NY

In 2010 I resolve to finally replace the stolen wheel on my bicycle and get back into self-powered transportation. About a year ago the back wheel on my bicycle was stolen and out of sadness and protest I haven’t replaced it. This year I moved to Brooklyn and I realized how much nicer it is to get around by bicycle instead of train in our fair borough. I’m excited to get into the bike culture of New York City, check out our new protected bike lanes, and get some exercise in the process.
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inhabitat editorial team, inhabitat new year's resolutions 09, 2009 inhabitat resolutions, sustainable design editor, green design editorKEVIN DALIAS, Business Development Manager, New York, NY

In 2010, I’m resolving to take time each night to cook a real dinner rather than eating takeout. I often find myself crunched for time at night, so I’ve fallen into the habit of just picking something up on my way home from the office. My neighborhood is full of local businesses with great, homemade food as well as weekend farmers’ markets. It’s about time I make use of the healthier options around me. Not to mention the fact that this will help me dodge some of the less-than-eco-friendly aspects of takeout containers…
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inhabitat editorial team, inhabitat new year's resolutions 09, 2009 inhabitat resolutions, sustainable design editor, green design editor
JORGE CHAPA, Contributing Writer, Brisbane, Australia

Get a herb garden going! This year, I have resolved to eat more fruits and vegetable and cut down on meat as much as possible. First step? To get a herb garden going, try and get some tomatoes up and running, and make sure that the carrots end up being firm and tasty. I’ll keep you up to date on how it goes.
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inhabitat editorial team, inhabitat new year's resolutions 09, 2009 inhabitat resolutions, sustainable design editor, green design editor, evelyn lee EVELYN LEE, Senior Contributing Editor, Los Angeles, CA

This New Year I’m intent on taking greater advantage of my new local digs, including the weekly farmers market, the organic restaurant around the corner, and the sunny days ahead (yes that means getting outdoors more often). Raised in the rockies, I plan on enjoying the vitamin D (and sun) beachside more often, kicking the soccer ball around in the sand, enjoying more games of beach volleyball, and yes, running on the boardwalk. In 2010 I’m intent on finding greater work/life balance and hanging out more in person (rather than online) with the people I hold closest to me.

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inhabitat editorial team, inhabitat new year's resolutions 09, 2009 inhabitat resolutions, sustainable design editor, green design editor, evelyn lee Piper Kujac, Contributing Writer, San Francisco, CA

I’m going to be more of myself this year.  I’m not that bad – so let’s hear it for abundance!  I’m going to be kinder, but more uninhibited… healthier, but more open to changing things up.  People tell me I give great advice, but I tend not to live by it myself.  So it’s time to adhere closer to my own value systems and push push push to make things happen.  I’m going to do things when I say I’m going to do them, which probably means taking on a more linear process (I hate linear processes) and less multi-tasking.. This is something I’m constantly working on… but it starts with being super organized and since I believe the primary step to anyone’s organization is dealing with one’s waste, I’m going to talk about composting.  Last year I think I got it down, and here’s my suggestion – make a trough in the door of your fridge and line it with a bio bag and ideally, top it with a lid.  Fruit flies don’t like the cold and it’s sort of a reminder to keep it all clean and compartmentalized in there.  (I hate compartmentalization).  But this hand-made trough box thing I made seems to work.  I also have a pet rabbit now… so composting maintenance is something I’ve been forced to master. (I hate force)… and no, the two sources of waste don’t combine until they hit the compost bin downstairs, but keeping it all clean and organized, seems to positively affect everything else in my life.  So possibly, being more like someone else – that organized person I never seem to be – is my goal this year.  This is what makes me happy and whatever makes you happiest is the best contribution! Happy New Year Everyone!

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  1. kdabbler January 1, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    Lea, check out Green Roof Growers. I bet you they could help hook you up with like-minded Chicagoans trying to live a greener life. http://greenroofgrowers.blogspot.com/

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