New Year’s resolutions date back to 153 BC, when January, (named after Janus, god of all beginnings), replaced March as the first month of the Roman calendar.
More than 2,000 years later, people are still making resolutions, and though some certainly fall by the wayside, research shows that end-of-the year resolutions rank higher than other goals in terms of commitment because they represent personal aims that people really care about.
We would like to share several simple ideas to make 2011 more Earth Friendly........
- Give Up Using Paper Napkins, Paper Towels, Or Both: Buy a few sets of organic cloth napkins so you always have clean ones available. Clean up spills with old recycled towels cut into smaller squares, and then just toss them in the laundry when soiled.
- Always Buy Recycled Paper: It would be very difficult to do away with paper totally, but we can seriously reduce how much we use. Use recycled content paper for everything (home and office). Use both sides of the paper. Meaning, if one side is still clean, put that in the printer or fax, and only print out materials or emails if you absolutely must have a hard copy of the item.
- Use E-Cards: Make a list of the birthdays you honor throughout the year and send out creative e-cards. No shopping trips in the car, no postal service vehicles in use, no paper used.
- Use Low-Energy Light Bulbs: Switch to energy-saving light bulbs. They may cost a bit more, but can save you up to 10 times the price over their lifetime and use at least two-thirds of the energy of standard ‘incandescent’ bulbs.