It’s a New Year and possibly a new SUSTAINABLE you! Although many people are already well on their way to living a more sustainable lifestyle, especially in larger cities, there are plenty of less populated areas that still have a ways to go. We have come up with a simple list of ideas that should make it fairly easy to achieve your sustainability lifestyle goals for 2015.
1. Try One New Organic Food
It’s healthy for you and for the environment, so why not try just one additional organic food this year? More and more types of food, from popcorn and kiwis to potato chips and avocados, are available as organic. You can also keep your New Year resolution to save money by purchasing only these best organic food buys.
2. Line Dry Your Sheets and Towels
Doing your laundry the green way could hardly be easier — simply hang a clothesline across the yard and drape your just-washed sheets and towels on it. If that’s not an option, try drying smaller items inside on a drying rack. The small effort will also save you money, since dryers consume between 5 and 10 percent of home energy.
3. Try Public Transportation One Day a Month
For folks used to commuting in their own car, it can be tough to give up the convenience it provides. Ease the transition by making a New Year resolution to use public transportation just one day a month. Pick a day when you don’t have a bunch of errands to run, and can afford to get home a little later than usual. Remember to pack a book or magazine, and enjoy the ride!
4. Change One Light Bulb
Better to change one light bulb than to curse the electric bill. Newer energy-saving lights like LED and compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) save tremendous amounts of energy, even though some people (like me) are disturbed by the mercury content in CFLs. Try finding just one place where an LED light will work well, like a porch light that you leave on for hours, and make the switch.
5. Get One Reusable Bag
All the world loves a shopper who brings his or her own bags into a store. Doing so can save you money two ways — many shops offer a small discount for using your own bag, and some chains are now charging for bags. And with many retailers offering smart, stylish reusable bags, you might want to start carrying one even when you’re not shopping.
7. New Year’s Recycling
Most of us try to recycle at home, but how many people really recycle at the office, or when they’re out shopping. If your workplace doesn’t have a recycling program, make a New Year’s resolution to at least try to start one.