Now that we’ve entered the new year, it’s time to think about our new year’s goals and resolutions. Some people believe fervently in setting new year resolutions, while others don’t care to create goals that they feel like they won’t follow through with. No matter which category you fall under, or if it’s somewhere a little in between, you can probably admit that the new year is a great time to make positive changes. Think of the new year as a clean slate. You don’t have to create definite goals in order to create positive changes in your life this year! Here are a few of our favorite ways to live a greener lifestyle this new year.
Use less plastic
While, yes, you can recycle plastic, and you always should recycle used and unused plastic, wouldn’t it be better if you just didn’t use plastic in the first place? Obviously, there are situations where it’s unavoidable. In these situations, make sure that the plastic you use is reusable AND recyclable. For example, use reusable tupperware containers for food leftovers, rather than using plastic bags that will be thrown away after just one use. Another great thing to make sure you do, is bring your reusable grocery bags with you to the store, so you don’t have to bring home the plastic ones! If you forget your bags, make sure you recycle the plastic or paper ones as soon as you can.
There are a lot of reasons that most mainstream cleaning supplies wreak havoc on the environment. The chemicals contained in these cleaning supplies are often harmful to the environment, as they’re not natural, and will end up in the water supply or landfills. It also requires quite a lot of fuel to transport these cleaning chemicals around to stores from where they were mass produced, which isn’t good for the environment either. One of the best ways to reduce your environmental impact, is to use green cleaning supplies. You can purchase these supplies at local markets, health food stores, or online. Or, you can make your own with things you probably already have laying around, such as white vinegar, baking soda, and lemons.
Speaking of local markets, you may want to visit them for most of your food and grocery needs, before you head to stores such as Walmart, for your food needs. Not only does going to local farmers markets stimulate the local economy, but it also helps support the people in your community. You also know where your food came from, and it’s a healthier option for you and your body.