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green new year’s resolutions

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it’s almost 2012 people! and it’s a perfect time to start watching our consumption habits, and make what little changes we can to help the environment.  below are a list of different resolutions you can add on to your list. you can do it!

1. buy less bottled water! if you can, buy a reusable water bottle and refill it (Kate loves these Brita ones).   plastic bottles NEVER biodegrade, meaning they just break into smaller and smaller pieces that become part of the ecosystem.  a result of  non-biodegradable plastic is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, that floats in the Pacific Ocean, and is TWO TIMES larger than the state of Texas.

2. eat less meat! cutting down on your meat intake will not only help the planet but help the animals in abusive factory farms by taking a stand against it (check out Kate’s video visit to meet some factory farmed animals here!). every year, forests are being cut down to make more room for these horrible factory farms and countless ecosystems are being destroyed just to feed these poor animals.  it is a bad cycle! Lynne Peeple’s states  “…if each American cuts meat and cheese from their diet for one day a week it would be equivalent to taking 7.6 million cars off the road.” just try it one or two days a week to start!

3. take shorter showers! i admit i love to take long showers, but even promising to shorten it by a few minutes will help.  set your iphone timer to go off at a designated time to help time it. when half the world’s population does not have access to clean water, this is definitely something to think about.

4.  use reusable shopping bags! many cities are banning plastic bags, parts of LA has already jumped on this bandwagon.  according to the Clean Air Council, less than 1% of shopping bags are recycled each year.  also, with all the cool reusable bag options why would you want that ugly plastic one anyways?

5. walk more! walking is not only good for you, it’s good for the environment, AND saves money.  plus, i think we can all agree that traffic is the worst thing ever invented.

6. buy local food! buying local food has become a movement in these past years. by definition, “local food” is grown in your immediate community (or just outside it).  local food travels a shorter distance to get to your table – meaning less fuel and gas is used from cars and planes to get it to you.

i hope this post inspires you to rethink some of your consumption habits. even for me, just writing  this post has got me thinking about it more than i would have before.

– smiley

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