Sustainable Resolutions for the New Year
2023 is here! The time is now to make changes in your life that will stick with you for the rest of the year. When making goals for yourself, it is essential to be realistic. Taking it one step at a time and sticking to it will help you accomplish anything you set your mind to. When it comes to being sustainable, it is much easier than you might think. Setting green resolutions creates less waste, and emissions and reduces consumption. We have included some tips and tricks to help you make sustainable resolutions for your new year.
Reduce Meat Intake
In the U.S. the meat industry accounts for 14.5 percent of greenhouse gas emissions every year. That is the largest contributor to global greenhouse gases. By reducing the amount of meat you consume, you can help contribute to reducing emissions, not to mention these days eating a plant-based diet is quite delicious. Check out our previous blogs to see some nutritious and mouth-watering recipes.
Hang Laundry to Dry
Not only does machine drying put a lot of wear and tear on your clothes but also microfibers from your clothes can directly impact aquatic ecosystems. Dryers also take up a lot of energy. They are another top contender for producing excess emotions which can harm the environment. Hanging laundry to dry naturally reduces your carbon footprint and creates a more sustainable habit in your life.
Eliminate Phantom Energy
What is Phantom Energy? Also known as standby power energy is wasted around your room from devices that are plugged in and using power. These devices, however, are not being actively used, and therefore this power is wasted. By unplugging cords when not using them, you can reduce standby energy and also your power bill.
Spend Less Money
You might be thinking, spending less money is easier said than done. When it comes to being sustainable, consumption matters. It is important to think carefully about the purchases you make. When you throw something away, it doesn’t go away. Your trash ends up in landfills scattered across the country where it will likely sit for the next couple of decades. Or it ends up in the oceans polluting marine ecosystems and killing off species that have lived peacefully for hundreds of years. So yes, spending less money and consuming less or actively being sustainable while shopping is a great habit to have.