The new ones are reuse, recycle and reduce. Ofcourse, my blog being named what it is, this topic focuses on the former.
Of the three, I think the most important is reduce. This means buying less, using less and thus causing reduced pollution, waste everything. But, many economists (and business owners!) would think this is not good if people buy less. So let’s look at the other two..I guess the next best is reuse. This would involve buying gently used or as bmw advertises ‘pre-loved’ articles; be it cars, phones, laptops or clothes.
That leaves us with recycle..although not the ideal solution, it’s equally important; especially once you learn about e-waste, impact on soil and therefore food etc. Below is a list of new year resolutions someone shared with me..Most have links to learn and do more based on individual interests..carpe diem!
1. Install solar hot water system,(EERE Consumers Guide)
2. Learn about canning and food storage, (The Mormons have this down! Check out this (food storage calculator)and follow any sites they direct you.)
3. Put up clothesline, (http://www.clotheslineshop.com/)
4. Plant edible plants, (Las Pilitas Nursery)
5. Ride bike for errands, (Oh this is a really motivating site for bike advocates and community minded folks!
6. Start composting, ((A Compost Guide))
7. Install barrel to collect rain water, check this out.
Build a sod roof, (California Academy of Sciences)
Build a sunroom to draw heat from it into the house,
Resolutions to Grow a New Community
Plant fruit trees, (Fast growing, for the impatient, http://www.fast-growing-trees.com/)
Work on replacing all public lawns and traditional green space with functional habitat and edible plants, (Otherwise known as Guerrilla Gardening)
Push for plastic bag ban, (If they can do it in China, we can do it here…. oh ya!)
Put gardens in neighborhoods, (The American Community Garden Association)
Become part of the green building community, (The US Green Building Council)
For the really Committed
Reduce personal trash by 90 percent or more, (Check out my friend Beth Terry who’s been tracking her plastic use for over a year… she has lots of ideas on how to reduce your trash production, her site/blog is called “Fake Plastic Fish”)
Go car-less, (Well, here’s one way to look at it)
And personally, my New Years resolution for 2009… be as thrifty as possible, get debt free and barter! (Why? The less we depend on money for our well being, the less we’re impacted by the economic downturn. Check out “complementary community currencies”.)