The new year is just around the corner; that means that it's time to develop some new goals! Notice that we are using goal-oriented language instead of resolutions. Goal setting is more effective because it is specific and measurable. We want to set you up for success with living a greener life, so here are some great green goals for your 2014!
-Recycle what you can. Each area has different restrictions about what is and is not recyclable. Since it can vary from each township and county, so it's worth calling your local waste management office. Most places take plastics 1 and 2 as well as cans and glass.
-Use reusable containers for your snacks and meals on the go. Why we love it? This is an easy swap from one time use plastic bags. Less trash is created and, if you use durable glass containers (think pyrex), you have the advantage of potential health benefits from avoiding petroleum products like plastic bags and plastic containers.
-Plan out your errands. Those quick trips back and forth to the store add up the carbon emissions. Instead, plan a day to do your shopping and keep a list for everything you need at the different places that you need to go. You'll save money in gas and your time, too!
-Meatless Mondays. That's right, taking meat out of your diet for 1 day a week is actually better for the environment! Here's why: "The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization estimates the meat industry generates nearly one-fifth of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions that are accelerating climate change worldwide . . . far more than transportation. And annual worldwide demand for meat continues to grow. Reining in meat consumption once a week can help slow this trend." (from http://www.meatlessmonday.com/about-us/why-meatless/)
There are a bunch of other health benefits to this eco-friendly change. Better heart health, a lower cancer risk, curbing obesity and helps prevent diabetes adds up to a longer life span. Click here for some delicious recipes.
-Unplug those unused electronics! Did you know that a low amount of current is always flowing into your plugged in appliances? If you unplug them when they aren't in use then that's a money savings and a score for the environment! Anything with a "wall wart" (a transformer close to the plug) are huge energy hogs. Common examples are cell phone chargers, video game boxes. Again, another quick and easy habit to form, just unplug after using!
-Clean Green. Country Clean can help you do that in an effective and affordable way. We will develop a customized green cleaning plan for your home or business using all environmentally friendly products! Contact Us today!