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Is it me, or did 2012 just fly by like Superman on a mission? Regardless of how this year seemed to you, the new year is right around the corner! Now’s the time for those resolutions…how about going green for 2013? With rising levels of the oceans, loss of wildlife, and warmer climates, there’s no better time to start being environmentally conscious. All it takes are some simple steps to reduce your carbon footprint–a little can go a long way. According to GoGreen.org, “For every ton of paper that is recycled, you save 7,000 gallons of water, 380 gallons of oil, and enough electricity to power an average house for six months. You can also run a TV for six hours on the amount of electricity that is saved by recycling one aluminum can.” One easy method of going green is by using eco-friendly products. Here are 5 items to get you started on turning a new leaf:
Disposable plastic water bottles are one of the leading causes of environmental concerns because manufacturing and transporting them requires non-renewable resources like fossil fuels and plastic. Recycling those bottles helps to alleviate the amount of waste on our planet, but the best way to tackle the issue is to use reusable water bottles instead of disposable ones. My ECO Cans are just one option; they’re made with BPA-free, eco-friendly material, and are good for both hot and cold beverages.
Fight the war on plastic with this grenade-shaped re-usable shopping bag. Don’t get caught paying a quarter for plastic bags at the grocery store–BYOB (bring your own bag)! It’s conveniently compact and hooks on to just about anything, from a backpack to a purse. It’s also sturdy enough to carry approximately 15 liters.
Brown-bagging never looked so cool with this economical, healthy, convenient, AND environmentally friendly lunch set that’s perfect for school or work. The Mulberry Double Stack Bento Box comes with separate compartments and utensils, and it’s perfect for everyday use. Say goodbye to Ziplock bags and brown paper bags for life!
Purchase recycled products like this unique moisture-absorbent coaster. Made from non-toxic recycled ash mixed with cement, you can skip buying plastic or disposable coasters from now on. Also, the shell decal gives it a really natural earthy feel, which is a perfect reminder to be kind to our planet!
Talk about recycling! This chair is layered with fifteen bags worth of rags. It arrives ready made but can also be customized if you want your own rags or material in the chair. Take this product as a source of inspiration–the next time you think about tossing away a used item like, say, an old rag, think twice. You might be able to use it for something after all.
There’s a multitude of ways to make a difference for our environment. From reusing individual yogurt cups as planters to simply driving less, you can find more tips on how to start an eco-friendly lifestyle at GoGreen.org. Also check out treehugger.com for interesting articles and products that help the environment. Here’s to one new year’s resolution worth sticking to!