Everyone starts a new year with plans to improve–lose weight, save money, take a risk, accomplish a goal. Enviro Girl thinks everyone should start the new year with an Eco-resolution, one small thing they can do to improve the environment. The small things add up, as illustrated in this recent post over at Fake Plastic Fish. Here are some free, incredibly convenient and easy Eco-resolutions for you and your friends to try:
1. Quit the plastic bag habit. Find that reusable shopping bag (Enviro Girl knows you have one somewhere) and stash it in your car/bike basket/briefcase. Each time you forget to bring it in, refuse the shopping bag offered to you by the cashier and carry your purchases out of the store in your hands. Using your hands or a reusable shopping bag reduces pollution, plastic use and can even result in 5-10 cent bag rebates depending on where you shop.
2. Quit the bottled water habit. Get a PVC-free water bottle and fill it up. Drink tap water. Drink tap water flavored with lemons or oranges. Drink tap water chilled over ice or straight up. Drink tap water out of glasses, mugs or champagne flutes. By using your own container and filling it with tap water you’ll save loads of money (at a typical cost of $3.79 per gallon, bottled water is 1,900 times the cost of public tap water) and reduce the pollution, plastic, fuel and environmental devastation that comes with bottled water.
3. Switch from conventional, commercial cleaning supplies to natural, environmentally safe cleaning methods. You’ll save money, reduce air and water pollution, detox your household and reduce the trash your household produces.
4. Start buying the locally grown organic version of one thing you consume. Maybe it’s bananas, beef or broccoli. Choose one product off your shopping list and commit to finding the locally grown or produced organic alternative.
5. Turn it off. Going low-tech saves electricity. Switch off lights, stereos, computers, TV sets, video games and hair dryers. You’ll reduce your noise and light pollution, reduce your electric costs and improve your quality of life.
6. Quit using paper towels in the kitchen and elsewhere. It’s easy–Enviro Girl did it and here’s her story.
8. Once a week, pass on the meat. Meat is one of the biggest polluters on the planet, the major cause of deforestation and endangering species. Raising cattle requires huge tracts of land for grazing and crops to feed them. This might be the most challenging Eco-resolution, but will ultimately make the biggest environmental impact and save you the most money.
“Going green” works a lot like going on a diet–it’s little changes that incrementally add up. Just as you can lose weight by giving up soda, you can reduce your carbon footprint and environmental impact by giving up paper towels or bottled water.
Tell the Eco Women, what is your Eco-Resolution for 2012?