We were confronted with harsh realities a few weeks ago when we went to a lecture given by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) about the dismal state of our environment.  To get details that will motivate you to save the environment, go to www.nrdc.org.

We decided to make ‘green’ New Year’s resolutions this year.  Not one major change, but many minor changes that over time will have a major impact.

  • Join a local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and enjoy fresh, local harvest in season and support a local farm.  See our earlier articles for information: http://www.asharpeye.com/articles/091808.shtml and http://www.asharpeye.com/articles/042209.shtml
  • Buy vintage handkerchiefs so when you catch a cold you don’t increase your carbon footprint with used tissues.
  • Stop buying water in plastic bottles.  Buy a reusable BPA-free water bottle instead.  See our article for information and bottle sources. http://www.asharpeye.com/articles/052709.shtml
  • Use reusable produce and grocery bags.  See our earlier articles for information: http://www.asharpeye.com/articles/063010.shtml and http://asharpeye.com/articles/083010.shtml
  • Order a free Seafood Watch guide and stop consuming endangered, over-fished or harmful seafood.  See our earlier article for information: http://www.asharpeye.com/articles/101308.shtml
  • Download a free guide to fruits and vegetables with the most and least pesticides – www.foodnews.org
  • Change the font you use when printing.  According to Smart Shop magazine, if you use the 12-point Times New Roman or Calibri instead of Ariel you will get 27% more pages per ink cartridge.
  • Switch to green cleaners.  Nature’s Source natural all-purpose cleaner is biodegradable.  It ranked highest in Smart Shop’s tests.
  • Use public transportation.
  • Turn off the tap while you brush your teeth and conserve up to 5 gallons of water a day.
  • Don’t get ATM receipts.  If we all stopped requesting our receipts the amount of paper saved could circle the Equator 15 times!
  • Walk to nearby errands.

For more green tips for the New Year, go to  www.nrdc.org.