Wednesday, January 2, 2008

New Year's Resolutions







According to statistics, up to 75% of Americans want to be "greener" this year. This is the perfect New Year's resolution, because it often covers the more traditional resolutions as well. One of mine this year is to lose weight. Thankfully, eating fresh vegetables from my own garden or from the farmer's market is gentle on the environment too and saves many tons of greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere. Biking and walking everywhere you can will save the planet and burn calories at the same time.
Another common resolution is to save money. Going green doesn't have to be more expensive, in fact in many cases it is actually the more frugal thing to do. Using less energy by turning down your thermostat, switching to CFL's and being more efficient with your electricity use can save the average family $200-400/yr. Buying greener cleaning products in concentrate can be much more cost effective than your traditional all-purpose cleaners, and prevents hundreds of plastic bottles from entering the landfill.
Lastly, being a good neighbor and serving others is on the top of many resolution lists. What better way than doing your part to keep the water, air and soil clean for the global community. The people who live in South America who depend on the rain forests or the small fishermen in the world who depend on the fish will be directly affected by your conumer choices. Resolutions are best kept if they are planned out ahead of time. Make a list of 10 green things to do this year, and be well on your way to going green. You can make a difference on an individual level, make it a resolution!

2 comments:

luis said...

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adrian2514 said...

Does anybody know about this site ( www.earthlab.com ) ? I have seen other environmental sites with carbon calculators like yahoo and tree huggers, but I am wondering what the deal with earthlab.com is, is it credible? I saw they also published a list last month of the top ten greenest cities ( http://www.efficientenergy.org/Top-Ten-Green-Cities-in-the-United-States ). Does anyone know if this site is better than say WWF site? Fill me in

I took their carbon foot print test and it was pretty interesting, but they said that I put out 4.5 tons of carbon while another test gave me like 15 tons? I think I trust earthlab.com’s test a little more (because my score is lower). Does anyone know about any other tests?