by Cindy Pantea
Happy New Year’s Eve Day! Are you making any green New Year’s Resolutions?
Well, I purchased a Sodastream soda maker on sale and also received a rebate. Even though I do not drink soda, I love seltzer water and was happy to learn that the Sodastream even has an exchange program for the CO2 containers. This little gem is really cutting down on my plastic bottle recycling. I have also made the sodas for guests, and they really enjoy the taste.
My other plan is to put my a few paper or reusable grocery bags in the seat pocket of the car. I noticed that many times I stop at the grocery store on the way home from work for just a few items. With making an effort to have the bags always in the seat pocket, I won’t need to worry about recycling so much.
Other Green Resolutions
Since I was thinking about green resolutions, I decided to check out what others are planning for a green New Year. Here are some good ideas:
- Avoid hygiene products with triclosan. According to an article in the New York Times, this chemical, found in many antibacterial soaps, may be harmful to humans. Side note: Purell handwash from Akron, Ohio’s GOJO Industries contains no triclosan.
- Meatless Mondays. Being a little vegetarian on Mondays is healthy, animal friendly and environmentally friendly.
- Gardening. Whether you decide to grow an herb indoors – like, perhaps a medicinal calendula or start a tomato plant from seed or plan a whole garden for the spring, it is a really good feeling when you successfully grow something yourself – also a great family project.
- Save energy. Plug electronics into a power strip and turn off the power strip at night or when you leave the house.
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Have a Safe and Happy New Year from all of us at Keep Akron Beautiful.