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Go Green With Your New Year's Resolution

20 Dec. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich
new year resolution, green resolutions, green habits, go green

Between 40 and 45 percent of American adults make a New Year's resolution. And on average less than half of those people maintain that resolution after the first 6 months; but this year is different. This year your New Year's resolution must start with discipline and persistence. When you fail at your New Year's resolution, it is usually because of a lack of discipline, or self-control, and, therefore, the inability to persist with the resolution. As a "Psychology Today" article points out, "bad habits" can often be created much quicker than a "good habit.

"This year your New Year's resolution must start with discipline and persistence."
" In fact, the article goes on to state that it can take over two months to create a "good" habit. So as you think about your New Year's resolution, create a list of reasons of why the resolution is important as well. This list of reasons will help remind you why you need to stay disciplined and persistence as the days, weeks and months go by. I have created a small list of possible New Year's resolutions below to help get your creative juices flowing.

  • Buy organic produce. This helps support more sustainable agricultural practices. It also prevents you from having unnecessary exposure to harmful chemicals, such as pesticides.

  • Become a "green" driver: drive less and buy a more fuel efficient vehicle [honda civic, prius, etc]. Check out additional driving tips here

  • Ban plastic bags: use reusable grocery & produce bags, and switch to biodegradable garbage bags [or use green genius trash bags]

  • Eat healthier. This means eating less animal protein, or meat, and consuming more vegetables and fruit. This means consuming more whole foods and less processed foods. This means eating less food in general. All of these changes are better for our environment and better for you.

  • Become a smarter consumer and a green shopper. Research products before purchasing. Buy products that are made locally or are fair trade. Purchase products for quality and not just with the cheapest sticker price. Buy products that are made from sustainable materials and that are organic. Avoid products that contain synthetic fragrances, parabens and phthalates.

Your New Year's resolution does not have to be as hard as you think. With support from family and friends, you and those around you can make a change, live a healthier life and help improve this planet we live on.


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