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Green New Year’s resolutions

Posted by The NativeEnergy Team on Jan 07, 2010
Tags: green tips

2010: Why not make the choice to make a serious difference this year. Don’t settle for the same feeble attempts to lose weight or any other fad out there. Check out these easy tips from the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Simple Steps, to make your New Year’s resolutions stick throughout the entire year and beyond. Here at NativeEnergy, we picked out some of the tips that cost virtually nothing for you to implement, so get to it! Thanks to NRDC, a NativeEnergy customer, for the great advice:

Resolution #1: Give Up Plastic (and Paper) Bags

Cost: $1
Twelve million barrels of oil were used to make the 88.5 billion plastic bags consumed in the United States last year. And it takes four times more energy to make paper bags. The best choice is reusable shopping bags made of cotton, nylon, or durable, meshlike plastic.

Resolution #2: Stop Buying Bottled Water

Cost: $14.98 for aluminum water bottle
Did you know that it takes 26 bottles of water to produce the plastic container for a one-liter bottle of water, and that doing so pollutes 25 liters of groundwater? Use reusable water bottles instead made from materials like stainless steel or aluminum that are not likely to degrade over time.

Resolution #3: Stop Receiving Unwanted Catalogs

Cost: $0
Each year, 19 billion catalogs are mailed to American consumers. All those catalogs require more than 53 million trees and 56 billion gallons of wastewater to produce. Visit to put a stop to unwanted catalogs. A less cluttered mailbox means less pollution, less waste, and less of the pollution that causes global warming.

Resolution #4: Give Up the Clothes Dryer

Cost: $0
The second biggest household energy user, after the refrigerator, is the clothes dryer. Over-drying your clothes can end up costing you money as well. (As much as $70,000 over your lifetime, according to the Green Cheapskate.) When using the dryer, clear the lint filter after each load and dry only full loads of clothes. And remember that hanging clothing outside in the sun and air to dry is the most energy-efficient method - or use a folding indoor rack all year long.

Resolution #5: Stop Wasting Gas

Cost: $0
Increase your gas mileage by checking your tire pressure. More than a quarter of all cars and nearly one-third of all SUVs, vans, and pickups have underinflated tires, according to a survey by the Department of Transportation. If every American kept his or her tires properly inflated, we could save 2.8 billion gallons (10.6 billion liters) of gasoline a year - and help curb global warming pollution.


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Originally written by NRDC, reprinted in The Daily Green. “15 Resolutions for the Environment that Really Make a Difference.” 2009.


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