Green New Year’s resolutions don’t have to be overwhelming and time consuming. They can actually be fun and rewarding. Here are some suggestions for green New Year’s Resolutions that you can implement starting right now. Start by making a goal to reduce your ecological footprint this year. Brainstorm simple ways that you can cut back on your ecological footprint starting in the new year and turn these ideas into your resolutions.
Post holiday recycling is a good place to start
The first thing to do after the holidays is to un-decorate your home. Christmas tree recycling is a way to get rid of your old Christmas tree while doing your part to keep the planet clean. Last year we posted an article on Green Post Holiday Practices. You can check it out on our blog!
Lose weight by eating clean and eating green
Many people put losing weight on the top of their New Year’s resolutions list. There is another way to accomplish the same goal while at the same time turning losing weight into a “green” New Year’s resolution. Adopting a green diet and choosing to eat clean is a way to support local farms and at the same time nourish your body. Eating clean results in shedding the pounds and you’ll most likely feel much better than if you stop eating all together or force yourself to go on a bland, low carb diet.
Make green New Year’s resolutions to do as a group
Choose New Year’s resolutions that you can do with others. It helps to have someone else working toward the same goal so you can motivate one another. Spending time outdoors whether it is for a nature hike or to volunteer to replant Christmas trees for the following year. Get outside and do some good for the planet. Earth day comes in the month of April, so if you start planning now you can think of some great ways to participate in Earth day this year.
Get creative with your transportation: cut back on car use
Establish a house goal of when to use the car. Plan to use alternatives like biking, walking and public transportation. Some larger cities offer great car rental services like zipcar.com where you can rent cars (including hybrids) by the hour or by the day. You can even plan to go on trips using only public transportation. Make it a fun adventure- and enjoy the perks that go along with leaving your car at home. No parking fees, or difficulty finding parking.
Don’t forget about the small things
The best tip for setting green New Year’s resolutions is to make them attainable. There are plenty of small changes that you can make without changing your regular routine. Remembering to turn off the lights as you leave the room is one simple goal that is easy to accomplish. Switch all of your bills to paperless (this is also time saving since you can set up your bills to be paid automatically online from your bank account.) Now you can devote your extra time to making more green changes in your life.