As the turn of the New Year occurs, many thoughts turn to making changes in the coming year. New Year’s resolutions are an important part of the tradition for many people. “Out with the old and in with the new,” could very well be the motto of this particular celebration in the hearts and minds of so many. Why not make a few practical and green resolutions this year, like some of those listed below?
This isn’t necessarily about eating more vegetables, which is certainly a healthy choice for the coming year. Going organic is the best choice for the planet and your health because of all the steps organic farmers take to conserve resources and avoid harming the planet in their farming practices.
This is about making greener choices when purchasing food. It includes things like buying produce, meat, and dairy products that are produced locally. You get more benefits than you may realize from this decision, such as:
It’s amazing how one small change can impact so many lives. The ice cream on top is that making this decision eliminates many processed foods in your diet, which means you’re eating healthier too.
There are many small steps you can take to reduce the waste in your home and in your life. These are great places to begin.
These simple steps alone will help you reduce the waste generated in your home. If you are truly resolved to reduce waste, you may find additional, easy steps you can take to do just that.
When you are determined to buy fewer items, you’ll find that the items you do purchase take on greater importance. They represent greater needs or fill very specific purposes. You also begin to take notice of the quality of those items and the carbon footprints they leave behind. It’s a simple step and extremely practical step in the right direction for the planet. Unfortunately, in our consumer-driven society, it’s a surprisingly difficult step for many families to take.
One Green Planet points out that as a consumer based society we’ve been programmed to upgrade to the newest cell phone on the market or buy new clothes – even when we don’t need them. Focusing on high quality products means you can get more life out of fewer items, and that’s a worthy goal to set.
Gaiam.com recommends considering going without a car if at all possible. You’ll not only save a great deal of money, but you’ll also be confident that you’re making a wise choice for the planet. Bicycles and public transportation make it possible to get most places if you live in a city that has a solid public transportation system.
Other options include participation in car share programs, investments in hybrid vehicles, or going all-electric if the bulk of your transportation is close to home.
It’s not just the things you buy to fill space within your home that can be harmful. The stains you put on your woods and the paints you use on your walls can contain VOCs that are harmful to you, your family, and the planet. The good news is that you can look for products that do not contain these items – they’ll usually have words like Low VOC or No VOC in the labeling.
This is a difficult one for many families that have small children at home. It’s not always easy to train the young to be good stewards of the planet when it involves using less water or turning off lights. But, it’s worth the effort, and you’ll even save money! This means you have to work around them sometimes by doing things like the following.
These resolutions may not seem that big alone, but if every U.S. household adopts only one of these changes the difference for the planet will be monumental.
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