How to Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Green

The holidays are here. It just occurred to you going “green” seems like an inspiring, timely idea for a new year’s resolution. On second thought, committing to the idea seems way too overwhelming. Where does one begin? How could one person really impact the preservation, balance, and sustainability of our earth’s ecosystems? So much work to do. So many ethical obligations to future generations. The sheer enormity of it all could put a premature end to a great idea. Why not make the entire prospect seem a little less grim by promising to try a few small changes, instead of taking it all on at once?  Here are three tips for making a few green, new year’s resolutions.

1. Reduce waste: Be mindful. To be mindful means to simply stop. Now, think about where you are, what you’re doing and why. If you’re rushing to save time, throwing away things you could use again, stop. Think about your promise to avoid wasting now, not later. We’re all guilty. We mindlessly waste resources, food, energy and time. It’s a bad habit, but we can change our habits.

2. Reuse instead of buying new: Be mindful of how much we can reuse. Example, redecorating? First try using what you already have by placing things together, but differently. It’s amazing how fresh your furnishings will look after rearranging them. If you really need a piece of furniture, visit local garage sales and agencies like the Goodwill, the Salvation Army or any agencies that support the less fortunate members of our communities. People give away perfectly good furnishings every day because they have pressing needs that come first. Re-use stifles waste and additional manufacturing.You’ll be helping our planet, those in need and your savings as well.

3. Recycle: Again, being mindful wins. We know all about recycling paper, plastics, glass, and electronics. Sometimes we don’t; we give in because we think there isn’t time. Yes, there is. If you’re really rushed, wait till you aren’t. Here’s a handy guide to refer to. CDC.gov/recycling

We do know how to live with small changes and we do want to do the right thing. We don’t need another pamphlet of directions, an ecology kit or a legal summons to prompt us into change. We just need to decide, keep it simple and begin. Please contact us for more ideas on how to live a more mindful, healthier, green life.

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