It’s time to make some green resolutions for a healthier year ahead – for both you and the planet! Here are 5 ideas to get you started…
Many of us make “Resolutions” at the beginning of a new year. We resolve to eat healthier, work out more, or make family time a priority. But what about resolutions that help the planet? After all, right now it’s the only place we have to live!
The start of a new year is a great time to develop some new, sustainable, and planet-friendly habits. If you have concerns about the future of the world where we live, it’s time to do something about it.
Here are 5 green resolutions you can make this year to do your part for a healthier, more sustainable planet:
1.) Make Healthier Food Choices
Now is the time to look at your diet and identify where you can make some changes that will support both your health and the environment. Are you switching to organic? Do you want to purchase only sustainably raised meat? Do you want to avoid GMOs or artificial food colors? Making small changes to your diet can add up to several items on your green resolutions list, so think through all the changes you might want to make and itemize each of them.
2.) Green Your Cleaning Routine
Which products do you use to clean your home? If you buy cleaners at the grocery store, it’s likely that they aren’t green or natural. Moreover, it’s very likely that they contain harmful chemicals like volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Lots of eco-friendly brands are now available. Check the Environmental Working Group’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning to learn more about green cleaning products. Vinegar, baking soda, and essential oils also make great choices for DIY cleaning products.
3.) Choose to Reuse
Instead of tossing that jar or bag, think of a way you can repurpose it. Could you make a vase or a rug from it? Pinterest has lots of ideas for upcycling otherwise disposable goods. Better yet, instead of purchasing a disposable item, choose a reusable alternative. Everything from napkins to menstrual products are available in a reusable form now, so do your research before you make your next purchase.
4.) Grow More of Your Own Food
No matter where you live, you can grow some of your own food. Whether you can just have a few pots on your balcony or you have space for a huge garden, take steps to start growing your own food. And make sure you’re not contributing to environmental and human harm by spraying your garden with toxic chemicals like Round Up. Study up on organic farming practices and see how many of those you can incorporate into your garden. What you can’t grow yourself, strive to buy from local farmers.
5.) Walk and Bike More
Do you live close enough to walk to the store or the park? Instead of hopping in your car for the short drive, go for a walk or bike ride instead. You’ll be conserving fossil fuel and getting exercise at the same time — two more items from your resolutions list!