Monday, December 31, 2012

Top 5 Green Resolutions

Happy New Year! While considering ways to start the new year off right, make living eco-friendly a priority for yourself and your family. Living greener is better for your health, helps save money and contributes to preserving our planetary resources. Here are the top 5 resolutions you can make to do your part:

1. Reduce 
From the amount of food we purchase and prepare to the water running from the faucet when brushing your teeth, there are many easy steps we can take to reduce the resources we use.

2. Reuse
Don't toss that old cotton t-shirt; cut it up in small squares for the perfect cleaning rag! From craft projects to household necessities, before you throw it away, examine ways to creatively repurpose.

3. Recycle
Set a goal for your family to recycle 50% of your household waste. Educate yourself on what products your local recycling centers accept and consider starting a compost pile.

4. Minimize or Eliminate Household Toxins
According to the EPA, Americans store 100 pounds of hazardous wastes away in garages, closets and basements each year and another 1.6 million tons is irresponsibly thrown away. When you toss your toxins down the drain or in the trash, it makes its way to landfills and waterways which contaminates the air you breath and water you drink. So, before you dispose of household hazardous waste, choose a better, safer way!

5. Keep it Local
The closer we shop to home, the more we minimize resources used to get products and we help stimulate our local economy by supporting our neighbors. From farm-fresh produce to handcrafted gifts, buy local!

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