5 Green Resolutions for the Not-So-Green

Every time a new year rolls around, we’re asked to make resolutions that will help us become better individuals. However, year after year, a lot of us bite off more than we can chew. From vowing to go to the gym every day, to eating only organic food, to never buying anything plastic ever again — they’re great goals, but for a lot of folks, they’re just not always feasible.

So, for those of us who wish we were eco-warriors, but resemble something more like eco-weaklings, here are some green resolutions that don’t require heavy lifting:

1. Cut back on bottled water.

Reusable water bottles are in these days — pick one up if you don’t have one, or, if you do, commit to making that bottle your sidekick. Bottled water isn’t necessarily cleaner or better-tasting than the tap (learn more from this video by The Story of Stuff Project). Also, it’s far more expensive for both you and the planet. A reusable bottle won’t only save you money, it’ll also give you that hip, eco-conscious air you’ve secretly been wanting to cultivate.

2. Remember your reusable shopping bags.

We’ve all been there — on our way into a store, passing through the doors and oh-so-excited to tackle our list, when we realize we forgot something — our reliable canvas tote. Bags at the store now cost at least 10 cents a piece, so bringing your own just makes good business sense. Make a habit of keeping one or two in your car at all times so they’re ready to go when you’re on your way home from work, or decide to skip the gym in favor of a shopping trip.

3. Drive less.

We’re not saying, “Stop driving.” It’s not like we live in Manhattan. But driving a little less isn’t that hard. Ask around to see if your friends know anyone who takes the same route to work as you do, and see if you can merge schedules enough to carpool a couple times a week. Fill the air in your bike tires and have it ready to go (short distances, that is) on good weather days. Take the bus when it’s direct and you have a good book or podcast at hand. And group your errands so that you don’t have to make several trips, several times a week — one bulk run to one area is far more economical.

4. Buy less stuff.

Similar to the above sentiment, we don’t advocate fashioning everything you own from fallen tree branches or junkyard scraps. At the same time, it doesn’t hurt to simplify your lifestyle. Take some healthy space from “fast fashion,” which encourages compulsive overspending. Try to repair items before deeming them truly broken. And consider the lifespan of an item before making a purchasing decision — you don’t want to be bogged down by unnecessary replacement shopping. After all, an uncluttered life leads to an uncluttered mind, right?

5. Recycle more.

Now this one is easy. Not sure if something can be recycled, or how? Look it up in our recycling guide. Then, subscribe to our weekly collection reminders to make sure you never forget recycling day, and you’ll get weekly recycling tips, too. Just keep in mind that reducing and reusing come first — recycling is a last resort.

Now, wasn’t that easy? Remember: Every little bit helps. You don’t have to be an eco-warrior to make a difference.

5 Resoluciones Verdes Para El Año Nuevo

A cada principio del ano, se nos pide hacer resoluciones para mejorarnos. Sin embargo, año tras año, muchos de nosotros mordemos más de lo que podemos masticar. De jurar ir al gimnasio todos los días, a comer sólo alimentos orgánicos, a nunca comprar nada de plástico nunca más – son grandes metas, que a veces no son fácil para nosotros.

  1. Reduzca su consumo de agua embotellada.

La agua embotellada no significa que es más limpia o que tiene mejor sabor que la del grifo. Además, es mucho más cara para usted y para el planeta. Usted puede ahorrar mas dinero con una botella reutilizable.

  1. Recuerde sus bolsas de compras reutilizables.

Bolsas en la tienda ahora cuestan al menos 10 centavos por pieza, por eso es mas económico traer su propia bolsa. Hacer un hábito de mantener uno o dos en su coche en todo momento para que estén listos para ir un viaje de compras.

  1. Conduzca menos.

No estamos diciendo: “Deja de conducir.” No es como si viviéramos en Manhattan. Pero conducir un poco menos no es tan difícil. Pueden preguntar a sus amigos si conocen a alguien que toma la misma ruta para trabajar, y ver si pueden compartir un carro y turniarse un par de veces a la semana. Tomar el autobús cuando se pueda.

  1. Compre menos cosas.

No hace daño simplificar su estilo de vida. Trate de reparar los elementos antes de considerarlos verdaderamente rotos. Después de todo, una vida despejada lleva a una mente despejada, ¿verdad?

  1. Reciclar más.

Ahora éste si es fácil. ¿No está seguro si algo se puede reciclar, o cómo? Busquelo en nuestra guía de reciclaje en linea. A continuación, suscríbase a nuestros recordatorios semanales para obtener consejos de reciclaje. Sólo tenga en cuenta que la reducción y la reutilización vienen primero – el reciclaje es el último recurso.

¿No era fácil? Recuerde: Cada intento aunque sea poco ayuda. Usted no tiene que ser un eco-guerrero para hacer una diferencia.