Whether you celebrate Chinese New Year, or any New Year, now is a great time to begin your green resolution! Like many New Year's themes, green resolutions can also be aimed at improving your health as well as that of the planet. Try any or all of these green resolutions today, and use some tricks to help you keep them:
Walk! Limiting your use of vehicles can greatly reduce the amount of harmful emissions released into the atmosphere, while at the same time increasing your cardiovascular fitness, lowering your cholesterol, improving your circulation, and much more! You can also run and ride your bicycle; both are great ways to get your heart rate up and keep gas use down. Check your local resources for walking routes, hiking trails, and bike paths.
Co-transport! Shared means of transportation are a great way for you to fulfill your needs without putting as much damage on the environment, or your wallet! Translink, Zip Car, Modo, and Car2Go are just some of the options available to you. Check out your local community for more today!
Clean green! Using green products in your household cleaning can be better for the health of the planet and of yourself, your family, and your pets. Green products are typically made with natural ingredients and can reduce the amount of harmful toxins you inhale each day. Green products are also often packaged in recycled or biodegradable materials and offer bulk options to reduce waste. Research and read the labels of your green products, looking for words such as biodegradable, 100% recycled, certified organic, and green certified, to chose the ones that are right for you.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! These days most homes, offices, and public areas all offer recycling options to encourage us to manage our waste properly. While you may already practice the 3Rs, try to go that extra mile and do a little more this year! Composting is a great way to reduce, and make use of, your waste. Did you know you can recycle aluminum foil? See what else is on the recycle list here!
Tips for Keeping Them:
Set alarms! Make use of those reminder options in your email and mobile devices by setting daily green alerts.
Plan ahead! Organizing your activities and meals ahead of time can help you make better, greener, decisions. Try things like: pre-making your lunches at home with fresh, local ingredients and packing them in reusable containers and bags; bringing water with you in reusable bottles; and walking or riding to your destinations.
Set goals! The first step to achieving a goal is deciding on it, the second is writing it down, and the third is acting towards it. When you can see and measure your tasks you are much more likely to achieve them! Learn more about how to set and achieve goals here.
DO IT FOR YOURSELF! You are your greatest motivator, and your greatest procrastinator. You can always find an excuse not to do something, but when you really want it nothing can stop you. Go green for the planet, for the future, but mostly for yourself; doing your part never felt so good!