Simple New Year’s resolutions to help our planet

Australian bushfires from space – Source:

Providing a quick list of simple solutions to help save our planet seems like an appropriate blogpost topic for the New Year, as we can all add some/all of these to our list of resolutions. Please feel free to pass along any others that may not have been included.

  • Adopt zero waste options at home
  • Recycle glass, metal, and paper
  • Avoid purchasing plastic packaging as mush as possible, as the extent of true plastic recycling is questionable
  • Shop with reusable bags NOT plastic
  • Skip the bottled water whenever tap water is safe to drink
  • Utilize reusable silicone bags or containers instead of plastic baggies for food storage.
  • Never use plastic straws – either skip the straw altogether or purchase reusable ones (see example below)
  • Limit your air and cruise travel whenever practical
  • Shave every other day
  • Use bar soap instead of bottled body wash
  • Buy repurposed and recycled products whenever possible
  • Shop at consignment or resale stores
  • Don’t wrap gifts
  • Buy bamboo toothbrushes instead of plastic (see example below)
  • Air-dry your laundry whenever practical
  • Use a push or electric mower instead of a gas-powered mower
  • Drive an energy-efficient vehicle and not an SUV
  • Car and/or bike share
  • Bike or walk whenever possible for trips under two miles
  • Utilize transit or carpool options
  • Buy locally grown products whenever they are available
  • Grow some of your own vegetables
  • Rake your lawn instead of using a loud and wasteful leaf-blower
  • Buy products from companies that practice and support sustainability
  • Share a book with friends or through donations to the library
  • Get your financial and billing statements electronically (and pay them electronically)
  • Bring cloth bags for fruit and vegetables in the produce section
  • Use rewashable towels for cleaning and dusting instead of throw-away paper towels
  • Save your money at institutions who support sustainability
  • Speak up for the planet at public meetings and forums
  • Minimize your existing stuff and therefore your footprint
  • Make a donation or plant a tree, instead of giving a gift
  • Reduce your rate of consumption – buy less stuff!
  • Demand your local, state, and national representatives become leaders on protecting the planet
  • Never watch or listen to Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, politicians beholden to corporations and consumption, and other similar naysayers

Pacific floating island of plastic – Source:

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Other zero waste options are presented in the following books*:

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More zero waste ideas are provided thru these links:


The Ultimate Zero Waste List: Everything You Need To Get Started


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