It’s that time of the year again when many people make their New Year's resolution. Unfortunately, for many the goal to change something in the New Year often goes unmet. The primary reason many resolutions aren’t met is that the goals we choose are high and far out of reasonable reach. This year, why not try a different approach? Instead of making resolutions that are tough to meet, consider setting a few smaller goals that will not only help to change bad habits to good habits, but that will benefit you as well as the environment. Here are four easy to obtain resolution ideas that you can do in 2017 to help the planet.
Use Less Energy and Water
This may be a slow process, but every little step you take goes a long way in conserving energy for future generations (and it will help lower your utility bills). You’re obviously not expected to sit in the dark for several hours each day, but you would be amazed how much small changes can make a big difference. Turning off the lights in unoccupied rooms and unplugging appliances at night can make a significant difference in power usage (phantom energy accounts for about 10% of household energy use). Turn off the water in between tasks. For example, when shaving, preparing meals and brushing your teeth. Washing laundry in cold water and reducing shower times to 15-minutes can also help save energy as well as water.
Recycle, Recycle, Recycle
Learn how to recycle properly. Almost everything that is tossed in the garbage can be recycled in some way. Talk to your local chamber of commerce to find out if your city recycles and how to do it. When setting your recycling out for pick-up, it is important to separate the recyclable items from the garbage items. Landfills are overflowing with plastics and paper that could’ve been recycled into a wide range of usable items. For example, those old tires could’ve been recycled into the soles of new tennis shoes and the plastic bags could’ve been cleaned and recycled for use by someone else. Before tossing anything, take a minute to stop and think if there is anything else the item can be utilized for, and if the answer is yes, put it in the recycle bin instead of the garbage bin.
Does your community have a senior center, a homeless shelter or an animal shelter? These are several places where you can get involved and help the community. There are numerous ways that you can help the planet while helping your community. For example, instead of throwing away those old, torn clothes, cut them up and make a quilt or two for the local senior center. You can help someone in need by recycling/reusing.
Plant a Garden
Growing your own fruits and vegetables is not only great for the environment but your health as well. When you grow your own food, there are no chemicals and no preservatives that can damage your health and there is a better chance that you will use everything you grow as opposed to throwing food away. Every day, thousands of households toss pounds of leftovers in the garbage, food that could’ve fed another person(s), instead of ending up in a landfill.
Making a New Year's resolution to live a healthier lifestyle, will give you a new view on things. Each step you take to live healthier is a step you are taking to help the planet. Eating healthier foods means you are more aware of what you eat, such as GMO’s or meats that were processed in caging plants and exercising means you are outdoors breathing in the fresh air, so you will want to do what you can to keep it as fresh as possible. Thinking and living healthy will go a long way in helping you do your part for a better earth.
To learn more information about recycling and how your business can do their part to better the earth, contact Central Kentucky Fiber Resources, LLC.