Happy 2013! As we move into the New Year, we all want to strive to be a better version of ourselves. What resolutions are on your list? We came up with our Top 5 Green New Year’s Resolutions and would love for you to vote on your favorites by taking our poll below.
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1. Switch from Plastic Bags to Reusable Bags
Plastic bags are commonly sent to local landfills to sit and decompose. Problem with this is they take anywhere from 15-1,000 years to fully decompose. The bags are made from chemicals processed at high temperatures which when broken down release toxins into the environment. They also pollute the oceans and harm the animals that live within it. Try to switch from plastic bags to the earth friendly reusable bags. – reusethisbag.com
2. Ride a Bike or Walk to Close by Destinations
Decreasing the amount of vehicles on the road ultimately decreases pollution in the environment. Pollution creates health problems for humans and animals, and also kills nature. Plants and trees are affected which affect our air and can lead to global warming. If you are going to travel to a destination close to home try walking or riding a bicycle instead. – Yahoo
3. Use Earth Friendly Household Cleaning Products
The chemicals in many cleaners are common pollutants that contribute to smog, reduce the quality of drinking water and are toxic to animals. Try an earth friendly all-purpose cleaning solution by mixing vinegar and baking soda with warm water. – National Geographic
4. Recycle Old Electronics Instead of Throwing Them Away
Keep your old electronics out of landfills and recycle them responsibly (with us :)). Electronics have harmful chemicals in them that pollute the environment when left to decompose. It is estimated that 2.5 million tons of electronic waste go into landfills every year. Recycling centers around the country will safely break these electronics down and eliminate the harmful chemicals. Click to learn more and sign up for our free recycling program.
5. Turn Off the Water While Brushing Your Teeth
When you are not using the water to rinse your toothbrush or mouth, try turning it off. Water flows out of an average faucet at two gallons/min. You can save up to 8 gallons of water every day by just turning the faucet off. – The Daily Green
In the poll below, vote on ALL the options you think you could successfully follow for all of 2013. Leave a comment at the bottom of the post telling us that you voted to be automatically entered for a chance to win a $50 Caseable gift card.
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Giveaway open until 1/21/13.
- Once you pick which Green Resolutions you like and click “vote”, leave a comment below letting us know you participated. (If you do not see where to comment, click on the post title and then scroll down)
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Winner will be announced here on the blog on 1/22/13.
Good Luck and Happy New Year!
-Team Planet Green Recycle