Eco-Friendly Resolutions to Make in 2017
Want to make an effort to be more eco-friendly in 2017? Me, too! But where do you start? What is realistic for you and your family? Here are some ideas.
Going green doesn't have to be all or nothing, and it doesn't have to mean completely changing your lifestyle. Every little bit helps, and we want to help you get started with 6 resolutions you can make in 2017 that will make an impact.
1. Buy No New Clothes:
I have already been doing this for the past few months, and I love it so much, that I have decided I am going to buy no new clothes in 2017. That doesn't mean I cannot buy clothes, but I will either buy them from thredUP,
the thrift store, or buy and borrow from friends. If you don't know about thredUP, you have to check it out. I am obsessed.
thredUP is the best resource for high quality secondhand clothing, shoes and handbags for women and kids. It allows me to purchase high quality, like-new clothes at an affordable price.
2. Go Paperless—Eliminate Paper Towels:
Paper towel. We buy them in bulk at Costco, and use them for everything from cleaning the house to napkins at meal time. But if you stop to think about the waste, does it make you cringe? If so, you may want to consider going paper towel free in 2017. Emily from Daily Garnish has a great system that she uses with two young boys that feels realistic. Check it out here.
3. BYOB - Bring Your Own Bag: Ditch the plastic bags, and bring your own. Think beyond the grocery store, and bring reusable bags everywhere you go - the pharmacy, take out restaurants, retail stores, and more.
4. Replace Your Lightbulbs: Replace your lightbulbs with compact fluorescent lights. It may sound like a pain, but CFLs last longer than traditional bulbs, you'll be saving time for years down the road while cutting your energy use by as much as 80 percent. If you don't want to tackle it all at once, stock up on CFLs, and whenever a bulb needs to be replaced, swap it with a CFL. Easy, peasy!
5. Unplug: Use power strips to turn off all your appliances at once; put your television, DVD player, game system, and stereo on a timer so they automatically shut off overnight; and invest in chargers that stop drawing current when the device's battery is full. You could cut your energy bill by as much as 10 percent annually — without lifting a finger.
6. Fundraise the Green Way:
Little Green Pouch wants to help and support your school’s fundraising efforts while also promoting and instilling the concept of recycling to the future generation. W
e welcome all other groups and organizations that have fundraising needs. Contact us to learn more
What are your New Years Resolutions?
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