Eco Friendly New Year’s Resolutions

By | December 27, 2011

As 2011 comes to an end, it is time to reflect on the past and make new resolutions for 2012 and the future.

One of my resolutions every year is to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle. I achieve this by making a new goal for the year and taking baby steps at making it become part of my everyday routine.

A few years ago, that goal was to use reusable shopping bags every time I go to a store. The year after that, was to recycle or upcycle everything I could. The next year, I promised to shop more consciously, to look for products that are local, packaged in eco-friendly packaging and are natural or organic.

Now this year, my resolution is to make my home more energy efficient. I currently have an old thermostat that requires me to manually turn up or down the heat. Of course, I often forget to turn it down when I leave for the day or at night. So this year my goal is to install a programmable thermostat and save some energy.

What are your green living goals for 2012?

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  4. Rick V.

    As soon as I started reading your article, I got inspired for an idea. I was thinking that repair and reaction is no to cure. Yes – our actions to go green is perfect, but what of others that do not take the same needed steps? There must be a core value that has to be changed in order to chain reaction the rest. We are already on the same page, so we see the green changes as simply something needed that we should do. Inspire someone’s change in one piece to have a domino effect on many actions. Finding this piece and how to change it is my resolution. Great post. I hope it encourages others to take similar steps.

  5. richard @ weee recycling

    Each year, I also list a number of new goals, aimed at improving by “Green credentials” and also the Green Credentials of my business. At home, we’re just moved house and, fortunately already have: Efficient Double Glazing, Extensive loft insulation, thermostatic valves n radiators, low wattage bulbs, efficient gas boiler. However, we have some great fireplaces and are looking at multi-fuel stoves- this means we’re also considering changing our office recycling service and I want to start pulping paper, rather than shredding it. We could then make paper bricks, which when dry can be used as a fuel in our stoves. However, more realistically, we’ve put up 2 greenhouses, cleared a plot in the garden and are preparing the ground to sow and grow our own food- this will cut out the miles associated with transporting our food (ie buying from supermarkets)

  6. Charlotte

    Becoming green is your way of looking after the environment if everyone adopted this ethos then the world would be a better place!

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