Your New Year’s resolutions can be good for yourself and for the environment too. Here are some ideas for steps we can resolve to take that can have a positive impact!
#1. Walk, cycle, bus it, and if you have to drive – take less trips and carpool if possible. Great for your health, great for the planet, and saves money too!
2 – Buy local and organic. Local food doesn’t have to be trucked as far to the grocery store and so has a lighter carbon footprint than exotic food. Get to know what is in season and plan your meals around it. Organic farming avoids the use of pesticides and herbicides. Remember to put your reusable grocery bags in your purse or somewhere else easy to remember!
3 – Bring your own mug, thermos or bottle of water. ‘Nuff said.
4 – Green the house. Use cloth towels and napkins instead of paper. Make recycling easy for everyone by having a system. Use non-toxic cleaning products. Unplug electronics easily by plugging them into a power bar and switch off all at once, put your computer on a power saver setting. Turn off the lights. Put on a sweater!
5 – Share. Sharing is nice and if we share our resources, more can benefit from less stuff. A car ride shared by four people means three fewer cars on the road. Sharing cars, jobs, tools, babysitting, etc. all can make practical and economic sense, can save time and have less impact on the environment too!
6 – Cook More. Eat out less, eat from the outside of the market (the fresh, non processed stuff). Pack a lunch to work, and snacks!
7 – Go online. Reduce paper and mail by changing to online banking, bill paying and direct deposit for your paycheck.
8 – Dress sustainably. Buy quality pieces you love and take care of clothing so it will look great longer. Wash fabrics gently, with cold water. Lift the lid of the washer to give clothes an extra soak before rinsing. Hang up to dry when possible. Don’t use dryer sheets
10 – Be a good example. Show others how to live happy, healthy low impact lives by doing it yourself. Pay it forward – get help when you need it and give it to others when you can.
Maybe you are already doing all this stuff and have some other resolutions you are working on? Share your ideas and we can all learn from them!
Happy Healthy 2009!