The New Year is a time for starting fresh and makingresolutions, some of which we keep and most of which we don’t.  This year why not make some of thoseresolutions “green” ones.  Thinkback over the year to your newly acquired green habits and add to them.   For example, add one new item toyour recycling that you have previously not recycled, like printer cartridges.(Staples recycles old printer cartridges and you can download mailing labelsfrom HP to send back used ones.)  Don’tjust recycle plastic containers - recycle plastic bags as well.  I keep a bag handy to store plastic bagsand take them to Whole foods whenever I shop there.  Simple!  If youare not already bringing reusable bags to the grocery store, then start doingso.  If you are, add reusableproduce bags, or bring reusable shopping bags on other errands as well. 

Lower your carbon footprint one day a week by walking,biking or taking public transportation instead of driving.  Replace your light bulbs with energyefficient CFL or LED lights.  Oneday a week eat vegetarian, a completely local dinner or even a raw meal.  One day a week cut down on yourappliance and technology usage or better yet, don’t use them at all. 

Replace one of your conventional cleaning products with anon-toxic one.  Check for simple recipes to make at home.  They work just as well, are cheaper and you willfeel good knowing you are not breathing in toxins!

It only takes three weeks to make or break a habit, so soonyour green resolutions will become part of your daily routine. You, yourpocketbook and the earth will all benefit.


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