17 Easy Eco-Resolutions for the New Year

This is a blog I wrote while working for Nimble in 2012.

Happy New Year!

It’s finally time to lose 10kgs, cut down on smoking/drinking and get out of debt.

Or is that what you did last year?

Don’t worry, those three things are at the top 90% of new year’s resolution lists. I did some research and found that 55% of Australian Adults are considered overweight or obese, 19% of Australian adults still smoke and each Australian is in debt to the value of around US$56,000 (this includes good and bad debt). What is good and bad debt? Find out here.

Another discovery I made was that:

  • 75% of people stick to their resolutions past the first week
  • 71% past the second week
  • 63% past the first month
  • 46% past the first 6 months

(Wealth Farm)

Then, I stumbled across something that I’ve never included in my own new year’s resolutions.

Eco-resolutions.

This year I’ll be adding ‘eco-resolutions’ – to do my bit for the planet. I’ve put together 17 easy ways to make your life a little greener. I encourage you to pick 3-5 off my list and put them into action in 2012.

1. Eco-friendly household cleaners

E.g. Earth Choice – they have a great ad, too.

2. Don’t use the dryer – hang out your washing.

Dryers produce approximately 159kg of CO2 in a year – that’s three times that of your washing machine.

3. Use your car less.

Ride your bike or take public transport to work. It’s great exercise, saves money and… environmentally friendly!

4. Eat less meat.

Cows produce 14% of the world’s greenhouse gasses.

5. Install solar panelling on your house.

You might even want to consider buying a rain water tank.

6. Energy efficient light bulbs.

They only use 20% of the energy that standard light bulbs use.

7. Green food/drink.

Visit your local bottle shop and see if they have Cascade Green. It’s a 100% carbon offset brew.

8. Organise your documents electronically.

That way you don’t have to keep printing them. Australians use 1.7 million tonnes of printingand writing paper each year – that’s equivalent to tens of millions of trees. Dropbox is an online portal where you can store your documents and access them wherever you have Internet access.

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9. Remember your reusable bag.

Did you know that 100,000 marine creatures die from plastic bag entanglement every year? And they are only the ones we find.

10. Reduce the amount of packaging you use.

Reusable containers are all the craze in 2012!

11. Don’t buy water.

Refill a water bottle at home. Did you know 373 million water bottles end up in waste every year in Australia?

12. Unplug electrical appliances when you’re not using them.

And flick the switch off.

13. Buy local.

Check out your nearby farmer’s markets.

14. Organise a community clean up day.

15. Take shorter showers.

Use this shower calculator to figure out how much water you’re using: Calculator. Also consider shower pooling:

16. Grow your own fruit and vegetables.

17. Choose sustainable brands

Comet SkateboardsHolloway EyewearNo FormulaGood Concepts

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