As we enter another new year, most of us will likely make a laundry list of resolutions that will go undone. Instead of racking up unfulfilled promises, why not vow to make 2012 a year of green habits? Here are a few ideas for your green New Year’s resolutions:
Avoid waste. Compost and recycle more in 2012! You can also reduce the amount of waste you produce by buying products in bulk or in reusable or recyclable containers. Buying in bulk requires a bit more organization but it will reduce packaging and save you money in the long run.
Plan a weekly meal from the farmer’s market. Or consider going to the farmer’s market and stocking up on local, seasonal produce, and making a menu plan for the week to put that produce to its best use. You’re not only supporting your local community, but you’re ensuring healthy intake.
Unplug electronics when not in use. Even when we turn appliances off, electronics like cell phone chargers, laptops and kitchen appliances are still sapping energy. Therefore, when these sorts of appliances are not in use, it’s best to unplug them. You’ll not only save energy, but you’ll cut down on your bills too.
Stop buying water bottles. Instead, try a safer, healthier, and greener alternative like a water filter for your kitchen faucet. If the money saved isn’t enough incentive, maybe the waste will: water bottles take up about a million and half tons of space in our landfills each year!
What steps are you taking to ensure a greener 2012? Leave a comment below and tell us your resolution.