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NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS 2014: GO GREEN, ONE STEP AT A TIME

Jan 13, 2014

New Year’s Resolutions 2014: Go Green, One Step at a Time

New Year’s resolutions don’t have to be all about you every year. After all, with so many successful ventures over the years--getting into shape, saving more money, living healthier--we know you are practically perfect already, right?!

This year, try a resolution that will help to make the world a better place. We’re inspired by holistic health and wellness coach Sara Jane Mercer’s green resolution: 

“Up until recently, we went through rolls and rolls of paper towels each week. I would use them for everything. Even for tasks that a sponge could handle better,” says Sara Jane. “This year I resolve to stop using paper towels at home. Not only will it help the environment, but it will save us money. Since we live in a New York apartment it will be nice to not give up so much storage space to tons of paper towels. Instead of disposable paper towels I will use sponges and washable rags to clean up household spills. It's an easy tradeoff that will make a big difference.”

Sure, it may seem like a drop in the bucket of the environmental problems we face, but Mercer puts it into perspective and makes this baby step resolution impactful: “Approximately 3,000 tons of paper towels end up in landfills every year. That’s a lot of trees.”

For more inspiring New Year’s resolutions to follow, check out our slideshow above.

By Gaia Guidi Filippi

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