With 2015 fast approaching, I decided to look back on my 2014 new year’s resolution list to see what I’ve accomplished. Part of my resolutions was to live more sustainably. I accomplished this in some areas of my life but still need to improve others, like eating more fair trade chocolate. That’s what 2015 is for! No doubt our 2015 new year’s resolution lists will share common themes around diet, health, fitness or travel. Consider adding these to your list.
Shed the Pounds… of unwanted junk mail. With an app, it’s a snap. Paper Karma, whos motto Kill Junk Mail, Save Trees, helped me de-clutter my mailbox by stopping delivery of unwanted mail. That includes flyers, catalogs, magazines, or other offers. I simply snap a photo of the unwanted mailer with my smartphone and click ‘unsubscribe me’. It’s really that simple. Best part, the app is FREE. This year I’ve unsubscribed from 30 unwanted catalogs.
- Remember 44% of junk mail is thrown away unopened, but only half that much junk mail (22%) is recycled. The average American household receives 848 pieces of junk mail per household, equal to 1.5 trees every year—more than 100 million trees for all U.S. households combined. More junk mails stats HERE
Eat Healthier…with Meatless Monday: It began as a movement in 2003, encouraging individuals to skip meat once a week because, well, it’s good for you. And it’s good for the planet. We love our veggie quesadillas, fish tacos, grilled vegetable paninis, and salads. For delicious recipes visit MeatlessMonday.com Read The Triple Whopper Environmental Impact.
Grow Vertically…with an interior green wall. Whenever I see a vertical plant wall, commonly known as a living wall or green wall, I become green with envy. They’re so chic, gorgeous, and sexy. A vertical garden can improve the indoor air quality of your home by removing the many toxins lurking inside, from CO2, to formaldehyde, to benzene to VOC’s. The beauty of a green wall is you can grow it in any shape or size. You can reuse old picture frames, mason jars, or even an old wood pallet. Click HERE for DIY ideas.
Read More…consumer labels. I stopped buying foods that contain ingredients I can’t pronounce, it was a tip I learned from a radio talk show. Reading food labels helps me select healthier items and understand and compare the ingredient and nutrient content of different options, like cereals, sauces, even yogurts. I learned just how much sugar is in some “healthy” yogurts. ALOT! Reading labels should help you reduce your salt and sugar intake and keep track of your daily calories. Sodium in Your Diet
Explore New Places…by visiting a national park. Thanks to President Teddy Roosevelt we have a national park system that offers us a plethora of natural and historic exploration. Some of our best family vacations include trips to the Grand Canyon, Everglades, Independence Hall and more. Whether we want to take a walk in the woods, visit a presidential birthplace, visit a war memorial or battleground, the national park system has something for everyone.
Got MilkCrate? This nifty free app, connects people with the “vibrant” local sustainable economy in Philadelphia. From restaurants, to clothing stores, to grocers and barbers. MilkCrate is a relatively new app, and new resources are added often. Also coming to NYC, DC, Baltimore, Boston, and San Francisco! Check out Apple and Google app stores to find similar apps for your local area. An app will motivate you to add a few sustainable new year’s resolutions to your list.