Sustainable New Year’s Resolutions

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So what will your Sustainable New Year’s Resolution be in 2018? A few ideas to consider…

Whatever you choose to do, commit to it actively for the first month. Studies show people who make changes intensively for a month are more likely to hold onto the habit long-term.

Save Money

Buy less stuff (video for inspiration). Recent studies suggest that the stuff you buy has a major impact on your greenhouse gas footprint. By buying less stuff you can save money for things like retirement.

Limit Waste

Get rid of old stuff that brings you no joy. But don’t throw it away. You should take it to Goodwill or other local organizations that can find a good home for your items. Almost everything can be reused even those old shoes or that old t-shirt!

Transition away from fossil fuels to low-carbon electricity. Cars, motorcycles, chain saws, lawn mowers, blowers, trimmers you name it they now can run on inexpensive electricity.

 

Protect the Environment

Change Your Diet: Your diet has a huge effect on the environment. You don’t have to go vegetarian or vegan to make a difference. Learn More Here

Stop buying single-use plastic items as much as possible. Get a reusable cup and take it with you.

Protect Human Health

Ready to get in shape and lose some weight?  Just remember that to lose weight you are going to need to change your diet. Exercise has many benefits but weight loss is not always one of them. Be sure to show your county ID for discounts if you are joining a gym.

Use your free ORCA Card and get in shape while walking or riding your bike to the bus or train.

Good luck and let me know how it is going.

rdicks@co.pierce.wa.us