The New Year is a time for starting fresh and making resolutions, some of which we keep and most of which we don’t. This year go beyond the “lose weight, exercise more” typical resolutions and add some “green” ones. Think back over the year to your newly acquired green habits and add to them. For example, add one new item to your recycling that you have previously not recycled, like printer cartridges. (Staples recycles old printer cartridges and you can download mailing labels from HP to send back used ones.) Recycle plastic bags at Whole Foods. I keep a bag handy to store plastic bags and take them to Whole foods whenever I shop there. Simple! If you are not already bringing reusable bags to the grocery store, then start doing so. If you are, add reusable produce bags, or bring reusable shopping bags on other errands as well.
Lower your carbon footprint one day a week by walking, biking or taking public transportation instead of driving. Replace your light bulbs with energy-efficient CFL or LED lights. One day a week eat vegetarian, a completely local dinner or even a raw meal. Try cutting out processed foods from your diet. One day a week cut down on your appliance and technology usage or better yet, don’t use them at all.
Replace one of your conventional cleaning products with a non-toxic one. Check out greenwithbetsy.com for simple recipes to make at home. They work just as well and you will feel good knowing you are not breathing in toxins!
It only takes three weeks to make or break a habit, so start your green resolutions now and they will soon become part of your daily routine. You may find you lose that weight and are exercising more simply by being more green!