Friday, December 21, 2007

Green resolutions for 2008

Are you making new year's resolutions for 2008 to be more green? If so, here's a few of my favorite tips to get you started:

*Bring your own bags to the market. (there are so many great, lightweight and inexpensive options out there now, there's really no excuse not to do this)

*Use reusable glass or metal containers for water - don't buy plastic bottled water. (with the health risks associated to these bottles, and the issue of enormous amounts of waste created by plastic bottles, again this is a no-brainer)

*Lease or build your home or office in urban areas where daily needs are easily accessible by walking, biking or public transportation. (Urban infill projects are bringing life back to our cities, and creating dynamic neighborhoods again)

*Install low-flow dual flush toilets and waterless urinals.

*Use low-flow sink faucets and showerheads.

*Turn off the lights when you leave the room. (Dad was right on this one!)

*Get off junk mail lists. Go to to opt out of most of it

*Set up a recycling center at home and at the office. Recycle glass, paper, newspaper, metals and cardboard.

*Turn off the dishwashers drying cycle.

*Cluster many errands into one trip.

*Drive a hybrid car. (or one of the growing number of all electrics available - my favorite, the Tesla)

*Check the air pressure in your tires to optimize fuel efficiency. (This is a safety issue as well)

As you can see, there are MANY ways we can begin to live more sustainably in easy to incorporate ways.
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