“Green” New Year’s Resolutions for 2019

December 16, 2018

Most of us make some sort of promises or resolutions to ourselves about what we will do differently in the coming year. For some, it is eating healthy, exercising more, or getting and staying organized. These are all great personal resolutions that can improve the longevity of our lives and even improve our mood. But have you considered making some resolutions that can help our environment by choosing “green” alternatives that are renewable and sustainable? Here are just a few that you may want to try as we head into 2019.

 

  1. Use fewer single-use plastic bottles that end up in a landfill forever. Instead, use reusable water bottles or glasses, or ceramic or stainless steel containers.
  2. Revamp the storage containers in your kitchen. Use fewer cardboard boxes and store foods in glass, ceramic, or stainless steel. Buy food in bulk.
  3. Commit to bringing reusable bags to the grocery store every time.
  4. Cut back on your carbon footprint through vehicle use. Choose a hybrid, electric, or solar car for your next car. When you can, carpool with coworkers. If you live close enough, bike or find public transportation. Cars are the number one source of CO2 harming our environment.
  5. Buy sustainable and ethical clothing. Donate used clothing.
  6. Cut back on your water consumption by taking shorter showers, setting outside irrigation to water when the least amount of evaporation will occur, using a rain barrel for outside irrigation, shutting off the water when brushing your teeth, and cutting back on running the water when not necessary.
  7. Join a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) in your town.
  8. Don’t print receipts from stores. Instead, have them emailed to you. The same goes for paying bills online.
  9. Sign up for a composting program to responsibly dispose of reusable waste.
  10. Stay informed and active with environmental actions that your legislators are discussing.
  11. Use cloth towels instead of paper towels.
  12. Hang your laundry if possible.
  13. Reduce your energy usage, including getting an energy assessment of your home and business. Use non-toxic cleaning products.
  14. Eliminate phantom or vampire energy in your home by unplugging electronics such as appliances and computers that are not in use.
  15. Upcycle and recycle things that you no longer use in your home or business.
  16. Buy energy-efficient appliances next time you are replacing yours.
  17. Eliminate chemicals from your lawn and garden routine.
  18. Support groups that educate our children about the environment.
  19. Support local businesses and farmers by buying local.
  20. Investigate how a solar energy system from SunPower by BlueSel could not only save your wallet but can “green” your home substantially. Find out more on our website or by calling BlueSel at 781-281-8130,