When it comes to making new year’s resolutions, goals such as “eat more vegetables” or “walk more” typically top most lists. However, resolving to change your environmental habits not only reduces your carbon footprint but helps improve the quality of rest of the world. Here are five eco-resolutions to make 2016 a little greener:
- Quit bottled water: Did you know that 26 to 41 percent of the 2.4 million tons of polyethylene terephthalate plastic discarded every year comes from bottled water bottles? Help reduce this number by buying a reusable water bottle, and if you do happen to end up with an empty plastic water bottle be sure to recycle them properly.
- Make the switch to reusable shopping bags: Since less than 1% of shopping bags are recycled each year and Americans use an average of one billion shopping bags per year, go ahead and make the switch to reusable cloth shopping bags. Keep a few in the trunk of your car or on the back of your bike to make sure you stick with it!
- Recycle, recycle, recycle!: Recycling is one of the easiest ways to make a positive impact on the environment. From improving the economy to preventing global warming, the ways that recycling helps the environment are endless. Next time you dispose of something, choose to recycle instead of just tossing your used cardboard, glass or paper in the trash.
- Ditch your car for a bike: Not only does biking reduce carbon dioxide emissions that are detrimental to our environment, but it also improves your overall health. Instead of taking your car on short trips, invest in a bike to make short errands and resolve to pedal more in 2016.
- Use eco-friendly cleaners and beauty products: Chemical laden detergents, soaps, and cleansers often end up in our waterways and poison aquatic life, as well as reduce surface tension of the water that also endangers marine life. Reduce your impact on marine life in 2016 by choosing eco-friendly bath, beauty and home cleaners from brands like Mullein & Sparrow, Rahua, The Laundress, and Haven.