By Melissa Unger
So you want to do some good in the new year? A great place to start can be a simple as taking care of Mother Earth by going green. Going green is a lot less complicated than you might think. Here are 6 simple, small and easy steps that can make a big impact.
+ Skip Those Water Bottles
OK, OK. Don’t skip drinking water, but you really should get rid of using disposable water bottles. Disposable water bottles have become a big issue for landfills. Try buying (and using!) a reusable plastic water bottle or a metal water bottle. Some reusable water bottles now even come with their own water filter built right into the bottle.
+ Become a Regifter
Yes, it may seem a little lame, but regifting that impulse buy that you just never used or a gift you really didn’t want to receive can go a long way. Not only can it make someone’s day to receive a random gift, it will also prevent that item from ending up in a landfill.
+ Skip Your Morning Coffee (Cup)
Keeping on trend with trying to avoid filling up landfills, another great idea is to start kicking that morning cup of Joe that comes in that disposable coffee cup. Try making your coffee at home, and if that’s not your style, buy a reusable coffee mug. Most big chains like Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts will not only allow you to use their reusable coffee mugs, but they will charge you a lot less every time you fill up.
+ Go For That iPad or Tablet
Next time you’re dreaming of getting that new iPad or tablet, make that dream a reality because you can really save a lot of trees by treating yourself. Plus, most iPads, tablets and e-readers have way more functions than that simple pad of paper, like a talk-to-text function.
+ Buy Locally
The carbon footprint for many things we buy is huge. Most products are not made in the USA, and that includes food products. Try out that local small store or farmer’s market. Many things you can buy there are organic, which means that they are not only good for the environment, but good for you, too.
+ Compost & Recycle
One of the most important things you can do for the environment is to be conscious of how you dispose of everyday products. Recycling is a great place to start, but starting your own compost pile can really put you ahead of the game. If recycling is not really in your usual routine, get a recycle bin or a special trash can for those recyclable products and place it right next to your usual garbage can.
Recycling Centers Near You
Learn more about which household products are recyclable, and where and how you can recycle them.
Take action with the Sierra Club, like signing online petitions to help the environment.