As we say goodbye to 2013 and ring in the New Year, most of us will resolve to make some kind of change for the better in our lifestyles, habits, and relationships. This year, how about resolving to not only better yourself, but also positively impact the environment?
I find that I’m more likely to keep my resolutions when the changes are small and easy to incorporate into my routines. Below is a list of five easy ways to Go Green in 2014:
Ditch the bottled water. For good.
Bottles used to package water take more than 1,000 years to bio-degrade, and U.S. landfills are overflowing with approximately two million tons of water bottles alone. Invest in an at-home filtering system and reuse a glass or aluminum water bottle instead.
Brew your own coffee.
We all love a cup of warm coffee in the morning, but the cardboard cups and carrying sleeves are tossed at an alarming rate of 50 billion per year. Instead, try brewing your own morning “cup of Joe” at home and carting it in a reusable traveler’s mug. Bonus: Try a fair-trade brew to support your local farmers or use a French press to save on electricity.
Resolve to use reusable bags.
More than one million plastic bags end up in the trash every minute. Simply bringing your own reusable bag can help cut down this statistic. The most challenging part? Remembering the reusable bag. Store the bags in your car so you always have one on hand.
Cut back on paper waste.
Each year Americans throw away enough paper and plastic cups and utensils to circle the equator 300 times! Cut back by keeping track of your documents electronically, using fabric napkins and cloths at home, and recycling whenever possible.
Read up on environmental issues.
No better time than the New Year to educate yourself on your carbon footprint and current environmental issues. The more you know, the more you’ll be motivated to make a change!
How are you going Green in 2014? Let us know by commenting below. DING! You are now free to be Green!