Make 2018 the Year to be Green
Today is the last day of January, also known as the month of New Year’s resolutions.
But resolutions are hard – statistics show that only 9.2% of people achieve their resolutions. The trick to maintaining resolutions is to introduce small, regular changes into your daily ritual – like recycling. It’s a triple win: it’s easy to do, you’ll feel great about being a model recycler, and the planet will benefit from it. Maybe it’s your coffee creamer in the morning, a carton of chicken broth you used to make chicken noodle soup, or the juice box from your child’s lunch – they’re all recyclable.
Looking for more green stars? Here are a few suggestions that will help make 2018 your greenest year yet:
- Make recycling your junk mail foolproof
As soon as you start flipping through the mail, there are countless magazines and advertisements that you are eager to get rid of. Make a recycling bin more readily available wherever you tend to sort through your mail. Ensure that the easiest way to get rid of the junk mail in your house is to toss it into the recycling, not the trash.
- Teach your kids to recycle
Recycling habits are formed at a young age. Once you start teaching your children (or your friend’s kids!) good green habits, they’re more likely to become a lifelong recycler. Next time you pack a juice box in their lunch or finish pouring milk into their cereal at home, ask them which bin it belongs in – and encourage them to toss it in themselves. (Bonus points: Use this guide to start a recycling program at your child’s school!
- Keep reusable bags in the car
We all make quick and unplanned trips to the grocery store every once in a while. Keep a couple of reusable bags in the trunk of your car or even small foldable bags in your dashboard! That way if you forget to grab one as you’re leaving the house, you don’t need to use a plastic or paper bag.
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