Green New Year’s Resolutions for 2020

We should all be looking for ways that we can live a greener lifestyle in 2020. This is going to be a decade that might be defined by changing energy and waste practices. Here are some resolutions we should all have to be greener going into the new year…

 

 

Ditch the plastic

We tend to use a lot of plastic. Yes, most plastic can be recycled, and you should absolutely recycle all of your plastic whenever possible, but the reality is that recycling processes aren’t as effective as we’d like them to be. The better alternative to recycling plastic is to simply reduce the amount of plastic that you use this week. Get Tupperware and dishes that you can reuse, rather than using plastic bags to store food that you’ll just throw away. Bring reusable grocery bags with you to the store for groceries, shopping, and take out food. 

 

Turn off your computer and other electronics at night

When we think about being green, we often forget about the obscene amounts of electricity that we all use on a daily basis. One great way to cut down the energy you waste every day is to turn off your computers and all other electronics at night when you go to bed. 

 

 

Use green to clean

This year, carefully dispose of all of your toxic cleaning materials and replace them with green cleaning solutions instead. There are green companies where you can purchase cleaning materials that are good for the environment, or you can create your own out of ingredients like white vinegar, baking soda, and lemon. 

 

Buy local

This is another thing that is often overlooked when we’re trying to live a more sustainable life! It’s not only good for the environment when we buy local, but it’s also great for the local economy to buy local. You can feel good about the purchases you’re making when you go to your local farmers market and purchase goods from someone in your community. Buying local food also cuts down on fuel being used to transport food to you, which helps reduce our impact on global warming. 

 

Start composting

Composting is a great way to give back to the earth. Use organic food waste to nurture the soil and grow better produce. 

 

 

Coffee isn’t just for drinking

After you brew your morning cup of joe, what do you do with your coffee grounds? You probably dump them promptly into the trash, as most people do. However, there are other things you could be doing with those coffee grounds! We have two things that we love to do with our leftover coffee grounds. You can use those grounds, and mix them with your favorite hand soap to make a great exfoliant. Another way to use these coffee grounds as an exfoliant is to mix them with your favorite body wash, and then use them as an exfoliant for your full body in the shower. One unexpected way to use these used coffee grounds is to scatter them at the base of your evergreen shrubs and trees – it acts as an energizing fertilizer!

 

Turn down the heater

We know that it’s cold. It’s January, after all. During the winter, your utilities and electric bills tend to skyrocket. Not only is this bad news for your wallet, but it’s also bad news for the environment. Try turning down your thermostat just a few degrees, and compensate by wearing a sweater and the fuzziest socks that you own. Snuggling up under a blanket will save you money as well as help mother nature out a little bit. 

 

Take care of your car

The best way to prevent pollution is to take alternate methods of transportation to work. Public transportation is a great, environmentally friendly way to get around. If you live close to where you work, walking or riding a bike(once the weather starts to get a little warmer) is another great way to do your part. But when it’s necessary to take your car, make sure you take care of it properly. Checking your tire pressure and refilling your tires with air every month will get you 10% more miles per gallon. Making sure that your car gets tuned up regularly will make it more efficient, and can boost your miles per gallon anywhere from 4%-40%. Here is a good article about maintenance for your car that is good for the environment.

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