Have a Greener New Year

September 30th, 2013 BY Jessica Taylor-Cassan | 1 Comment

The start of another year has most of us wondering what we want to accomplish in our lives, especially during the upcoming twelve months. January is a time to reflect on the past year and make resolutions, based on our life goals, for the New Year. While everyone has different goals for their lives, a lot of us have similar New Year’s resolutions, or at least resolutions that fall into similar categories. Here is a list of some of the most common New Year’s resolutions and how you can tweak them to make them a little greener, if they are not green already.

  • Eating healthier is a major goal for many people. Luckily for the health conscience environmentalist some of the best ways to eat healthy are also good for the environment. We can eat organic foods, locally grown vegetables and fruits, less meat or none at all, and only hormone free meat and dairy products.
  • Quitting smoking is good for you, good for the environment, and good for your finances. It is also one of the most commonly broken New Years resolutions. The important thing to remember is to keep trying even if you slip a couple of times. It takes most people several tries to quit for good, so don’t lose help. For more information and support visit http://www.quitsmokingsupport.com/
  • These days it’s hard to spend enough time with the people we love, which is probably why spending more time with our families is a big resolution priority. Why not spend time with your family doing fun environmental activities. Plant a vegetable garden in the back yard, go for a nature hike, or find interesting new uses for old clothing and plastic shopping bags with arts and crafts. The possibilities are limitless and being green together will help your kids develop a good attitude towards the environment.
  • Many people, including myself, resolve to save money or get out of debt. A great way to help yourself with this goal is to take advantage of the many savings that green living has to offer. Think about all of the environmentally friendly products that also save you money. Things like energy efficient appliances and lighting, concentrated laundry detergent, making your own household cleaners, vintage clothing, and finding innovative ways to re-use things that you already have around the house are all big money saving tricks and better for the Earth.
  • Another common New Years resolution is to volunteer and give more to charity. http://www.canadahelps.org/searchcategory.aspx?catID=5 is a great website with a list of over 200 environmental charities that you can give contributions to. For volunteering there are a lot of things you can do depending on where you live. You can check your local newspaper or online for opportunities and if you can’t find anything where you live, try setting up a neighborhood cleanup day with your friends and family to pick up litter on roadsides and in parks.
  • Whatever your resolutions for this year are, try finding ways to make them as environmentally friendly as you can and make sure you stick with them. I hope everyone has the best 2008 they possibly can. Happy New Year!!

    1. EviesEarth

      These are some great tips. As our little ones are getting older we are trying to teach them the importance of healthy eating and being green.

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