The New Year is almost here!?! It’s that time of year when we start thinking about our goals for the New Year and all the possibilities that await us. Maybe you want to get better about tracking your money or be healthier and shed some pounds. Perhaps you want to spend less time working and more time enjoying life. What about identifying some small eco-friendly changes you can make? What are some easy green swaps you can make that will be impactful?
If you are just starting out on your journey to a greener lifestyle, you may be extremely overwhelmed with all you’ve read and all the things people suggest you should do. Truth be told, I am continually overwhelmed with it all. It took me a while to figure out that while I want to just jump in head first and change everything, that’s not entirely sustainable for the long haul. We’ve got to think about the end game people, be in it for the long haul! I think trying to make too many changes at once will set you up for failure. Think of it like losing weight, if your current diet leaves quite a bit to be desired and your idea of rigorous exercise is walking to the mailbox (I know, I have no idea where you live, perhaps your mailbox is at the end of a 5-mile long road) and back, deciding that your New Year’s resolutions are to totally cut out junk food, eat the recommended servings of all food groups and run 10 miles every day, you most likely won’t make it past the second day, if you make it through the first. I find that slowly making changes, so they don’t really feel like changes are what sticks because you are actually forming a new habit. For help on finding your green lifestyle without losing your mind, I provide some help in this blog post.
Easy Green Swaps
Why not sit down and make a list of things you’d like to change about your lifestyle and then, depending on how long your list is, decide on a few things to implement every couple months. I’ve read it takes 21 days to form a new habit so if you implement a new habit every couple months, you’ll be setting yourself up for success. If you’re anything like me, you have a million ideas swirling around in your head at the most inopportune time, like while you’re in the shower or driving. Then, when you are actually able to write them down, your mind goes blank and you can’t think of anything. That’s why I put together this one-page list of over 50 easy green swaps you can make, that will have a big impact.
You’ll find general lifestyle changes you can make as well as ideas for the bathroom, the kitchen, around the house, what to do when you eat out and some tips for grocery shopping. Print it off, cross off the easy green things you are already doing, then you can make a plan for the year. This list is meant to inspire you and is surely not an all-inclusive list. The good news is if one of your New Years resolutions is to pay off debt or save money, a side benefit of many of these easy green swaps is you’ll save money at the same time.
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Some of the supplies you’ll need:
- reusable produce bags
- reusable shopping bags
- stainless steel straws
- silicone lids
- silicone cup lids
- silicone bakeware lids
- water filtration system
- cloth napkins
- environmentally friendly cleaning products
- less harmful personal care products
- cloth kitchen towels
Our Combined Impact
Follow along with me on Facebook and Instagram to see what #onegreenthing I’m doing each day. I want to inspire you and everyone else that finds me in that big world wide web, to just do a little bit and together, the habits we form will have a positive impact. If we form a few new habits, we can:
- power a TV for 3 hours by recycling just one aluminum can
- power a 60W light bulb for 6 hours by recycling just one plastic bottle
- save more than 51,000 trees from being cut down each day
- keep more than 60 million plastic bottles from going to a landfill or incinerator each day
- conserve about 248 gallons per day of water by fixing leaky toilets and faucets
- purify the air in our home with the addition of a houseplant
- prevent 500Million plastic straws per day from hitting landfills
- and the list goes on…
So are you in? I’d love nothing more than for you to join me in making 2018 your greenest year yet! Like I said, print off the sheet, cross off the easy green things you’re already doing and then choose a few new easy green swaps to start with. If you have to, set a reminder on your phone or go old school and tie a string on your finger, whatever it takes for you to remember to make that one small change. Share photos of your #onegreenthing and tag me, you might just win a prize!