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Resolve to Save the Planet this New Year

Updated on March 9, 2014

Getting Started

This year, when you’re making your New Year's Eve resolutions, why not include green living strategies on your list? It'll make for better living for you and the planet as well!

You can take small steps to help the planet and feel good about your contributions to renewal and reuse. Here are some ideas to get you thinking.


Use Recycled Paper

Use recycled paper. It seems like a no-brainer, but most of us don’t go out and look for recycled office paper when we need a new bundle for our home printers.

We just grab what’s on the shelf. Next year, why not look for companies that offer recycled office paper. It’s a big step in the right direction.

And you can also reuse office paper at work or at home. Print on the back sides of documents that you were going to scrap.

Befriend the Earth

Stop Sending Cards

By not sending cards in the old fashioned way, you help save a great deal of paper. Send e-cards instead. They’re fun to receive and you don’t have to buy stamps. So that saves you gas to the post office and the cash you’d spend on stamps. Many online sites offer e-cards free of charge, but you can also purchase a membership to some sites if you want to send more elaborate, electronic cards. They’ll even remind you when it’s someone’s birthday or anniversary as long as you have put them on your list.

Change Out Your Light Bulbs

We’ve all meant to do it but haven’t quite made it through the whole house. Start replacing the bulbs you use the most, like outdoor spotlights and kitchen and living room lamp bulbs.

Change to energy saving bulbs and you’ll not only use less energy, but you’ll also see the savings in your monthly electric bill.

Buy Fresh

When you buy and eat processed food, you could be ingesting chemicals and pesticides. Plus, convenience food processing uses lots of fuels to manufacture and ship goods. If everyone cut down on the consumption of junk foods, we’d see less demand for trucked in, processed convenience food.

Eat as close to the source as possible by shopping at farmer’s markets for vegetables and cheeses. Buy pesticide-free meats or go vegetarian if you like.

Pass It On

Teach children—your own or someone else’s—how to be good stewards of all of our natural resources.

Show them how to brush their teeth without letting the water run. Help them understand how much water is wasted by taking long showers or using too much bath water.

Show them that you don’t waste water while washing your car or doing half-filled loads of laundry.

These children are the next generation of earth-savers, so we all need to help them learn to conserve.


Use Reuseable Drinking Containers

Use a personalized aluminum water bottle instead of buying bottled water. All that plastic has to go somewhere and its filling landfills unnecessarily.

If everyone used their own reusable drink containers, there would be less demand for those plastic bottles, and of course there would be less empty plastic bottles laying around in garbage dumps.


BYOB - Bring Your Own Bag

Forego the plastic shopping bags they offer at the grocery store.

Use your own personalized totes or bags. Just be sure if you’re carting groceries that might spill (like meat juices) that you wash your bags regularly. You don’t want to reuse dirty bags that may be harboring bacteria.

If we all stick to resolutions like these in the New Year, we will make an impact when it comes to saving the planet.


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    • MelChi profile image

      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Fantastic ideas on how we can all do our part to save the planet. I'll start with not buying any more plastic bags. Thanks!

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 6 years ago from Lagos

      Wonderful ideas, great suggestions and an amazing piece. Great write!

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      Janice S 7 years ago

      Great ideas! If we all do our part, we really can change the world.

    • acaetnna profile image

      acaetnna 7 years ago from Guildford

      A great hub, so much common sense about how to save our planet.

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      Rob 7 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      Excellent suggestions. We should all do what we can for the environment.