As the new year begins, many people will be making New Year’s resolutions. Common goals may include weight loss, dieting, and saving money. However, the beginning of this year is the perfect time to begin living a more environmentally-friendly life as well.

With so much harm being done to the Earth every day, it’s important that everyone tries their best to live as eco-friendly as possible. And while many people think that going green is hard to do, it can be as simple as being one of the 48% of people looking at homes who cite “energy-efficiency” as their most desired feature. However, there are tons of other ways you can go green in the new year.

For starters, along with recycling, you can try to buy more environmentally-friendly packaging. Whether it’s food, toiletries, or other products, you should try to choose items that have waste-free packaging when possible. You can even do something as simple as bringing reusable bags to the grocery store with you so you don’t have to be given plastic bags. Additionally, you could choose post-consumer recyclable paper products instead of styrofoam or plastic containers.

Reducing the amount of electricity you and your family use at home can be another easy way to go green. You can start off by turning the heat down when no one’s home or ensuring you only turn lights on when necessary. In fact, you can set your lights to timers, not only allowing your home to look beautiful all the time, but also ensuring lights get turned off when they don’t need to be in use.

Another thing you can easily do at home is reduce your water use. By doing simple things like turning off the water while you’re brushing your teeth, only doing full loads of laundry, and taking showers rather than baths, you can easily minimize the amount of water you waste.

According to Safia Minney, founder of ethical fashion brand People Tree, it’s important to think about where you’re spending your paycheck. By choosing to spend your money on brands that are actively working towards a sustainable future, you can go green while still getting to go on a shopping spree.

“Buy from ethical pioneers, because it becomes easier for big companies to follow once the market has been made, the standards set and the supply chain developed,” said Minney.

Of course, there are bigger goals you can work towards achieving too. Whether it’s composting, switching over to environmentally-friendly, non-toxic cleaning products, or eliminating waste completely, any step towards a green future is a good step.

So when you’re making goals to improve your health and well-being, don’t forget about the planet’s health and well-being too.

What do you have to lose?


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Valerie M. is a writer from Rochester, New York. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from The State University of New York at Fredonia in 2016 and is currently working at a digital marketing agency where she writes blog posts for a variety of small businesses all over the country. Valerie enjoys music, animals, nature, and traveling.