10 Green New Year's Resolutions

10 Green New Year's Resolutions

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Landis Carey
Jan 3, 2011

A new year's resolution is usually a vow to do less of something, like eating fewer desserts. But how fun is that...especially when you don't love desserts in the first place? Instead, make an adventure out of it: learn a new skill or adopt a new green habit. We know it's already January 3rd, but you're not too late.

10 Green New Year's Resolutions

1. Instead of buying books, check them out from the library.

2. Learn a new craft with the goal of hand making birthday and holiday gifts in 2011.

3. Buy your fruits and vegetables at your local farmers' market.

4. Green your cleaning supplies. Check out these related Re-Nest articles: DIY Green Cleaners: Non-Toxic and Cheap!; Greening Your Laundry: Eco-Friendly Detergents and Tips; Household Chemicals & Indoor Air Quality.

5. Put on a sweater and lower your heat. Doing this will also save you a few dollars!

6. Plan an organic vegetable garden for the spring.

7. Compost.

8. Drive less and walk more. If you don't live in an area where you have access to public transportation, then try to batch your errands, reducing the amount of time you're on the road.

9. Rethink your purchasing habits: do you really need everything you buy? Can you resolve to purchase less or buy vintage? Reducing your phantom spending will save you money, too.

10. Save for and make at least one green improvement to your home in 2011.

If these habit are already on your list or a part of your daily routine, check-out last year's post Survey: What Habits Can You Green?. We surveyed friends and family to find out what they can do better and our readers chimed in, too. It's a great list for those resolving to green their lives.

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