6 Impactful and Practical, Green New Year’s Resolutions!
Happy 2019! Now is the perfect time to think about resolutions that you can make to have a more environmentally-friendly year. Whether it’s eating red meat only once a week instead of three times a week, using biodegradable cleaning products, or using a reusable water bottle instead of a plastic one, there are efforts that can really make a difference. No matter how small your “green” actions may seem, actively thinking about your choices is what matters. You have to start somewhere, so start small and ease your way into adopting these resolutions. Good luck!
1. Bring a reusable bag and water bottle with you
- Reusable bags are a great alternative to plastic bags. They are relatively cheap, last a long time, and help preserve the planet. It takes up to 100-400 years for plastic to break down at the landfill and even when plastic does breakdown, it breaks down into microscopic pieces of plastic that are still non-biodegradable.
- According to the EPA, each week, Americans buy enough plastic water bottles to circle the earth 5 times! If you use a reusable water bottle, it saves you money in the long run and is an easy switch to help you and the environment.
2. Eliminate phantom energy
- Phantom energy, also known as vampire energy, is the energy used by electronic devices that continue to draw power even though they are “off.”
- Energy vampires can add up to nearly 10% of a household’s monthly electric bill. By using smart power strips you can save money and energy!
3. Reduce paper towel usage
- According to the EPA paper is the #1 item going into the landfill. An alternative to paper towels are microfiber cloths and/or reusable cloth napkins and towels. Throw these reusable cloths into the wash load when they are dirty, which will save you money in the long run and helps reduce unnecessary paper waste.
4. Reduce meat intake
- Reducing or eliminating red meat intake can have a significant impact on reducing emissions. If you were to replace all your beef consumption with chicken for one year, it could lead to an annual carbon footprint reduction of 882 lbs of carbon!
5. Use eco-friendly cleaning products
- Try buying eco-friendly cleaning supplies! From biodegradable degreasers to natural dish detergent, there are plenty of options and popular demand has made them more affordable. These are less damaging to the environment and safe for your household use.
6. Up cycle or donate
- If you are cleaning or moving out of your residence consider donating or up cycling your items instead of throwing them away. Donating items keeps them out of the landfill and can benefit the local community. Right here in Springfield, is EcoBuilding Bargains which is a great reuse store of all donated materials.
Check out our recent Mass Appeal segment and last year’s green resolutions blog for more green resolutions!