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Green Ideas for New Year Resolutions

Global warming and green house gas emissions may be issues for governments, but some trivial changes in lifestyle are all it takes for each one of us to do our bit for environment conservation.

Here's a list of 10 simple green ideas - eco-friendly New Years resolutions to do your bit for helping the environment.

1 Get More Active and Go Green

Want to add more exercise to your routine in 2010? Leaving the couch potato habits behind? Anyone can get fit by going green at the same time. A daily routine such as bicycling to and from work is easier to make into a habit, lasting all the way through 2010. Also - Save Fuel & Save the Environment! Taking a walk or riding a bicycle whenever possible help save fuel and also reduce emission. (National Bike Week held in June www.bikeweek.ie)

2 Eat Healthier and Greener

There are many ways to eat a healthier diet and have a positive impact on the environment, too.

  • Eat home-cooked meals more often and avoid the fast food fats and cholesterol
  • Add more fruits and vegetables to your diet, and aim to include more local and seasonal produce.
  • Buy local and organic products. Organic food products are healthier and with locally produced grocery, transportation costs (and emission) can be avoided. Local products can be easily purchased at local grocery stores. (National Organic Week – 3rd week of September)

3 Go Veggie, Save the Environment

Try preparing one vegetarian or vegan meal per week. These meals are lower in saturated fats and rich in nutrition. Going vegetarian, besides being healthy, can help save the environment, too. Livestock production is a large contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, so avoiding meat, at least once a week, is a small step towards reducing them. (0.5 kg of cattle meat creates more than four times the gas emissions required to produce a week's worth of vegetarian meals)

World Vegetarian Day – 1 October followed by the Vegetarian Awareness Month (October)
World Vegan Day – 1 November followed by the World vegan Months (November)

4 Use Eco-friendly Shopping Bags

This is probably the easiest green resolution to make. We read about it all the time, but how many of us actually practice it? All one needs to do is carry along biodegradable or reusable bags while going shopping. Cloth bags, knit or crochet bags, old rucksacks or backpacks will all do nicely to replace plastic bags. Select lightweight bags that can be folded, carried easily or stashed in the car.

5 Avoid Plastic Water Bottles

Bottled water may have its benefits, but it contributes to plastic waste in quantities that recycling cannot keep up with. At least minimize the use of plastic water bottles by re-using them.

6 Use LED Bulbs

Consider replacing regular light bulbs with LED bulbs and other fluorescent light bulbs that are more energy-efficient and last longer.

7 Energy Saving Appliances to Save the Environment

Old electrical appliances can be a drain on electricity consumption. Switching to newer, energy-saving appliances that are Energy Star-certified can help save on electricity bills and reduce carbon emissions.

8 Green Tip - Plant a Tree

What better way to go green than to plant a sapling, one small step towards increasing the earth’s diminishing green cover?

9 Use Recycled Paper for Environment Conservation

Using recycled paper in the office, home and kitchen achieves two ends – it saves trees and reduces paper waste. Recycled paper doesn’t necessarily have to be brown: whitened versions are available. In the kitchen paper towels can be replaced with recycled paper or washable dishcloths.

10 Calculate your Carbon Footprint

Finding out exactly how much we individually add to pollution may be an eye opener. Quantifying our contribution may well become the first step in reversing the trend and adopting environment-friendly habits and who knows, maybe giving this whole list of green ideas a shot!

Let us pledge to save the environment this New Year, all it takes are a resolve and some green ideas!

 

 






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