With another year (almost) behind us, and a new one approaching tomorrow, we feel it’s the perfect time to set goals for a healthier and greener 2014. Whether it’s a resolution you make for yourself, your family or community, there are plenty of ways to help make 2014 a year to “Do Green. Go Good.”
If you’re unsure where to start or how to incorporate eco-friendly into your lifestyle, don’t worry! Here are 3 easy-to-adapt resolutions to get the green going! (And this is just the tip of the iceberg! We want to know what your green resolutions are and how you’re making them work!)
1. Unplug your gadgets
Have you ever noticed that your cell phone charger stays warm even when you’re not charging your phone with it? That’s because it’s constantly drawing electricity. This is known as “Phantom Energy.” Phantom energy can account for about 10 percent of your home’s electricity. And this wasted energy sends more than 87 billion pounds of CO2 into the atmosphere each year.
By making the simple move to unplug unused electronics and charging devices, you can help save a lot of energy (and money). If you don’t want to keep plugging and unplugging, invest in power strips. This way all you need to do is flip a switch to save energy!
2. Make use of reusable shopping bags
Every year, Americans use approximately 102.1 billion plastic bags, creating tons of landfill waste that isn’t biodegradable. Instead, light breaks down the plastic into smaller and smaller particles that contaminate the soil and water and are expensive and difficult to remove.
We suggest using reusable shopping bags next time you visit the store. Today reusable bags are surprisingly fashionable and durable—making them perfect for heavy groceries! If you aren’t ready to trade your plastic for reusable, you can still make a habit of recycling. Many grocers even offer plastic bag recycling—all you need to do is bring back the bags!
3. Drink your coffee from a real mug
This is especially important in the work place! The average American office worker uses about 500 disposable cups every year. And every year, Americans throw away enough paper and plastic cups, forks and spoons to circle the equator 300 times!
Don’t get caught up in disposable coffee cup chaos! Change the office dynamic by having reusable mugs available that can be washed and shared. (This goes for water too!) If the entire office isn’t ready to change, start with your own mug! (Who knows? Maybe you’ll start a new work trend.)
Okay, it’s your turn now! What are your green resolutions for 2014?! Be sure to share your resolutions and tips for keeping them on our Facebook wall! We want to know!
Happy New Year!