This New Years resolutions post has been sponsored by Linquia and REPREVE but all opinions expressed here are my own.
The year is quickly coming to a close and as I look back on it I see changes I have made that were GOOD and other things in my life that still need work. Nobody is perfect. We all yell at our kids, eat fast food, forget important dates and make mistakes. I am no exception to that, believe me! When it comes to New Years resolutions I don’t usually make just one. I tend to try and make several with the understanding that I am not going to achieve any of them 100%. They are more like long term goals to achieve rather than hard and fast rules I have to live by every day. If you are considering making a New Years resolution this year, I would like to encourage you to make one that benefits both you AND our environment. Many changes that we make in our lives to reduce our carbon footprint will also save us money, make us healthier, and reduce our stress levels considerably. Here are just a few of my ideas for a New Years resolution that will help you go green, get healthy and simplify your life.
New Years Resolutions to Help You Go Green
1. Eat out less: It is incredibly easy to pick up the phone or hit the drive-thru when we are pressed for time and hungry. I have a weakness for salty French fries and spicy Thai food myself. Cutting back on how often you eat out will save you a ton of money and probably calories as well. Fast food also comes with an abundance of packaging that is filling up our landfills. Invest in a few good cookbooks and a crock-pot. Crock-pot cooking can save you a ton of time in the kitchen and there are no Styrofoam containers to throw away.
2. Learn to garden: Spring is just around the corner (really…I promise!) and now is the perfect time to start planning your garden. Spending time outside gardening is great for your health and there is nothing greener than going into your backyard to pick your own organic produce. If you don’t have a lot of space, consider putting some pots on your patio or out by the mailbox. Even just a few herbs and fresh tomatoes are a great start. If you want to make gardening your New Years resolution, check out my gardening posts and follow my blog this spring to see what I am up to. I am not always the most successful gardener but hopefully we can learn together!
3. Buy one thing that is organic: While I love organic food, I realize that it is extremely pricy compared to conventionally raised produce. I spend hundreds of dollars a week feeding my family and only a small portion of that is organic. Make a New Years resolution to add just ONE organic item to your grocery cart each week. Do not succumb to the idea that going green means a 100% change in your grocery shopping! Even just purchasing a few organic items a week is a step in the right direction. Check out my article on how to save money on organic food for a few tips to help you not ruin your budget completely. Even if you are feeding hungry teenagers like I am!
4. Throw out less stuff: I am often appalled when I drive down the road in my neighborhood on trash day. Some families (who I know only have 4 or 5 people in them) have trash bins that are completely overflowing with garbage. Much of it is stuff that is clearly recyclable. If you make only ONE New Years resolution this year, throwing out less stuff is an important one. Learn to compost your organic waste like carrot peelings or coffee grounds. Find new ways to use old things. If you enjoy crafting, try a few eco friendly crafts like my yogurt cup bracelets or my Altoid tin tic tac toe game. Buy less STUFF and when you do buy something try to find it second hand. Just reducing your trash output is a great way to go green! And make sure you recycle, recycle, recycle!
5. Support green businesses: Our collective buying power as Americans is HUGE. And companies often only make changes when they know it is what consumers are willing to spend money on. Choosing to spend your money on companies with a smaller carbon footprint is a great step along the road to green living. Whether you choose to support your local thrift shop, a small local business, or a company that makes environmentally friendly products this is a great New Years resolution to make.
One company you may want to investigate is REPREVE. REPREVE is a recycled fiber that helps turn plastic bottles you recycle into cool stuff you can wear and use every day. A lot of brands you love use REPREVE to make their products greener. Some of these brands include The North Face, Polartec, Patagonia, Beija-Flor, Lauren Conrad’s XO(eco) by Blue Avocado, Swiftwick socks, and many more. Every time you recycle a water bottle, you are helping REPREVE make the world a greener place. While I would love it if the entire planet outlawed bottled water, I am pretty sure that isn’t going to happen. If you do have to buy bottled water, make sure to recycle it! REPREVE will take it from there!
One of my readers will win a cute REPREVE beanie similar to the one shown above. Just visit the REPREVE website and leave me a comment telling me what your favorite REPREVE product is. Please don’t just copy the answer above you! Make a point to actually visit the website and check out what they offer! You can #TurnItGreen in 2014 with a little help from REPREVE!
Remember…every baby step you take on the road to a greener life is a step in the right direction!
This New Years resolutions post has been sponsored by Linquia and Repreve but all opinions expressed here are my own.