Tuesday, January 5, 2010

New Year, new you?


New Year resolutions are tradition for many people. Me, I think that a person could change at any time they want. However, I know this a very convenient and clear time to do this.

When making your NYR, did you think about your green resolutions? Even the most conscientious of us could improve. I know it is hard to change everything at once. So, don't!

Take one point in your lifestyle and improve in that area. Think perhaps your gasoline bill is too high each month? Save money while being more eco-friendly. Walk for errands, out to dinner or to a friend's house, if you can. Combine trips by making lists of places you need to stop. Tack these outings onto transportation runs to get or drop off kids.

Perhaps you feel you need to switch over to florescent lights, to save on electricity. Don't just buy all new lights and then chuck the 'old' yet still usable ones. Perhaps buying a pack of compact florescent to have on hand as ones burn out would be a simple switch over method. Also, consider just switching out the lights that you use the most, and that would have the biggest impact on your total energy usage.

The point is that you won't have to do it all at once. Pick one area and work on that until it is second nature and then work on the next thing. Don't beat yourself up on what you aren't doing, if you are making deliberate and concerned steps toward improvement.

Good luck! I'll be working on my own 'stuff' too!~Jen


Green Tip~ Recycle those trainers!

Lots of resolutions have to do with being more active, and thus many new pairs of sneakers are bought around this time of year. What to do with those old ones? Recycle them, of course!

Nike runs a program that takes apart athletic shoes and reuses them in new sports related ways. They are able to use old ones, along with their manufacturing scrap, to make basketball and tennis courts.

For more information, click on www.nikereuseashoe.com

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