A Greener Start to 2015
Starting off the New Year with resolutions that not only benefit you, but also benefit the planet, can allow you to make a positive impact in 2015.
Here are our top 10 ways to live greener in 2015:
While it seems like the most obvious way to make a positive impact, the truth is that recycling still is not a priority for many Canadians. With the average Canadian producing up to two kilograms of waste each day, recycling is a must for 2015 to help reduce what ends up in landfills.
- Create an outdoor living space
Make nature part of our backyard! Consider including a few attractive birdhouses and feeders to make your backyard an outdoor oasis for wildlife too.
- Time your lights: Save energy!
By putting your lights on timers you can save energy by having your lights come on and off at the most beneficial times.
- Keep a garden
Not only can gardening be therapeutic…but also designing a garden and caring for it can foster a deep sense of appreciation for the earth.
- Go vintage
Second hand clothing, furniture, or home décor accessories can not only help you reduce your personal consumerism levels, but offers a uniqueness and charm into your home.
- Use eco-friendly home cleaning products
Use products that are good for you AND the environment!
An important environmental step towards living green is composting organic waste. Plus, by creating a small compost corner in your backyard, you can nourish your garden and cut down on fertilizing costs in the spring.
- First try to repair rather than replace
It’s easy to throw out something that is broken, ripped or faded…but choosing to repair something rather than replace is a much more environmentally friendly approach.
Save money on gas and join a carpool program! Better yet, bike or walk to your destinations.
- Keep with it
Embracing an eco-friendly life style does not happen overnight. It is something you continually work on and strive to improve. Over time, your resolutions will become habits and you will be on your way to being an eco-friendly warrior!
Happy New Year from the team at Step Forward Paper!