Hopefully many of you are still keeping up with your New Year’s Resolutions! Statistics show that, by the end of January, 64% of resolvers are still hanging in there, so hopefully you fall into that category! Either way, I’m going to encourage you to make a Green resolution today so that you can start living a more sustainable life. Here are some ideas:
If you buy bottled water, imagine about ¼ of a bottle filled with oil. According to the National Geographic, that’s how much oil was needed to produce just one bottle. Make a resolution to invest in a reusable water bottle made of either glass or BPA-free plastic. (If you’re concerned about water quality, invest in a filtering water pitcher.) At the very least, you should ALWAYS recycle plastic bottles. I can’t stress that enough. If you’re not recycling at home or in the office, make 2014 the year you start recycling!
Along those lines, over 1 million plastic bags are consumed worldwide per minute. During production, they require large amounts of petroleum which is a non-renewable resource, meaning at some point, the earth will run out of it. And that time may be sooner than you think. So make a resolution to bring reusable cloth bags when shopping as often as possible! If you do need to use plastic bags, reuse them at home as trash bags or bring them back to the store to be recycled. Do not place them in your recycling bin or cart.
These are just a couple of examples, but give this some thought. We all have to take responsibility for reducing our impact on the planet, and you can do it by just making one or two small changes in your daily routine. So consider making a Green resolution this year!