How to go Green with Silv: Green Resolutions for 2013 by Silvia Milanova, January 02 2013, 0 Comments

As we said goodbye to yet another eventful year, and welcomed 2013, some of us might’ve contemplated beginning a new workout regimen, being more reserved with our spending budget, or perhaps striving to be more environmentally conscious. If the latter is your choice of change for the new year, here are green resolutions that will help you dive into 2013 with more confidence, vigor and commitment.

Green Living Resolutions for 2013:

1) Eat less meat: we already know about Meatless Mondays. But what about Veggie Tuesdays? Animal-friendly Wednesdays? Try to eat more vegetables as often as possible, and when you do crave meat, opt for regional sources.

2) Shop locally: this also goes hand in hand with the former resolution. Buy local vegetables, fruits, honey, meat, poultry and sustainable seafood. Seek out organic eggs, milk and cheese whenever possible.

3) Maximize recycling: if you’re already recycling your bottles and cans, great! But don’t forget about all of the magazines you receive in the mail, the bill envelopes you usually throw out and the packing paper that you may forget to reuse. Make sure to recycle all unsoiled paper, including clothing tags, receipts and cup sleeves. If you want to go a step further, also invest in a composter and eliminate most food waste your household produces.

4) Drive less. Walk more: this one is self-explanatory. Whenever you can manage, walk. Walk to your supermarket for small purchases. Walk your kids to school if it’s within a mile of your house. Walk your dog more often (he or she will thank you with sweet kisses). Walk to a park, and then walk some more. Walk to your town gym. Walk to the bank. Walk to work if you can. Just get out there and walk. It’ll save you gas money, help you burn calories and increase your fresh air intake (Can you say, ahhhh?)

5) Buy and use less: before each major (or minor) purchase in 2013, stop and think: Do I really need this? Can I do without this, or buy it used? Can I borrow this from a friend or relative, or get it through my local Freecycle network? If you can obtain what you need through any other outlet, but buying it completely new, re-think your purchase.

6) Embrace education: one of the easiest ways you can learn about new ways to be green is to educate yourself. Read a sustainable magazine. ‘Like’ green companies on Facebook or follow them on Twitter—they’ll periodically post news and breakthroughs in the green world that may affect you, or everyone. Read blogs that focus on being environmentally friendly. Whatever your preference of information influx, educate yourself.

7) Focus on nature: go out and walk, hike, bike, swim, have a picnic. The point is, be outside. Enjoy what the Earth can offer you—its bountiful beauty of fresh streams, carbon-sucking trees, and powerful mountain peaks and oceans.

8) Drink more water. But use less plastic: on Tuesday, January 1, Concord, MA became one of the first communities in the U.S. to ban the sale of single-use plastic bottles. Businesses that violate the ban will be fined up to $50. Without halting your water intake, a superior option to buying plastic bottles (single or packs) is to invest in a portable water filter (such as a Brita), or a faucet filter that is family-friendly. If the tap water in your town or city is safe to drink, then break out those glasses and enjoy the clean, crispy, free stuff!

You don’t have to implement all of these changes into your lifestyle. Start with just one. Little by little, you might realize that all of the resolutions are not only doable, but also enjoyable and great for the environment!