Make a resolution
Have you started thinking about your New Year’s resolutions? Well, it’s about time!
Mostly we wow to make changes which more or less affect ourselves and the ones closest to us – we decide to lose weight, advance our careers, see the family more, stop smoking and so on.
This year, why not think bigger and make a resolution to do your part in preserving our planet? Here is some inspiration for you on how to do just that:
1. Reduce energy consumption
Always remember to turn off and unplug all electronics equipment and chargers when not in use. Switch to energy-saving light bulbs – also at work! If you lower the thermostat and turn it down/off when you leave the house you’ll save both energy and money. Oh, and start washing your clothes in cold water!
2. Save water
Two very easy things you can do is to take shorter showers and to fill the sink with water when doing the dishes, instead of letting the tap run. ,A brilliant idea is to install low flow shower heads, which save lots of water without really making a difference in the showering experience. Also, at sites like this you can calculate your water usage and other cool things.
3. Cut down on pollution
This is a good place to calculate your Carbon footprint calculation. You can also purchase carbon offsets to balance your greenhouse gas emissions here.
Naturally, walking, riding a bicycle or taking the bus is good for both wallet, environment and health – whenever the distances are too long, try carpooling and see if there is an option to use high fuel economy or hybrid vehicles.
4. Reduce waste and recycle
Instead of plastic ones, get a few reusable stainless steel water bottles and food storage containers. Recycle everything you can. Decide to print only what is necessary, and use both sides of the paper. Also, using a smaller font, margins and line spacing reduces the amount of paper required to print documents. Sites like DMAchoice can help you reduce the amount of unwanted bulk mail and catalogs mailed to you.
5. Think about what you purchase – and how
Think local, biodegradable, toxic-free. Consider the fact that some products in the supermarket use tons of unnecessary wrapping and always, always bring your own bag instead of carrying home another pair of plastic ones. Chooserecycled paper, napkins and tissues.
Naturally, we know that a lot of you have already integrated many of these habits into your lives. But nobody’s perfect. Perhaps a few of these tips are new to you, or maybe we can inspire you to make a commitment to an even more sustainable lifestyle and to influence your friends and family to do the same. Either way, we hope that you will join us in making the year 2011 a green one!