In December, we asked readers to tell us green things they want to try in the new year. Readers responded with some great ideas, many of which only require a small change but can make a big impact. Take a look at what new things people will be trying in the new year, and perhaps find some inspiration for your own new eco-habits.
1. Mary Beth Volmer: “In the new year I’m going to start a community garden.”
When starting a community garden, it might help to see what others have done. Our list of inspiring community gardens can do just that.
2. Kristin Troska: “I am going to use hankies rather than tissue.”
Reusable items like handkerchiefs can cut down on an amazing amount of waste. Learn about other reusables like silverware and straws: Reusable Replacements: Eating On-the-Go .
3. Beth Buczynski: “In the new year, I’m going to focus more on collaborative consumption: especially for transportation and ‘stuff’ that I need. I want sharing to be my first response to a need or want, rather than an after thought.”
Sharing can reduce waste in all areas of your life, whether that’s ridesharing or asking your neighbor if you can borrow a ladder rather than buying your own.
4. Trisha Hemingway: “I plan on bringing the organization I work for to ‘green’ status in 2013 through my local Chamber of Commerce.”
Many of us spend plenty of time at work, so helping green your workplace can do a lot of good for the planet. For ideas, don’t miss: 50+ Ways to Green Your Workday.
5. Sarah Gocek: “Bringing a coffee mug to coffee shops and not buying soda in plastic bottles (especially single serving bottles).”
6. Alyan Gaon-Lerner: “In the new year I will expand my indoor garden and start composting.”
7. Lynn Colwell: “This next year I want to work harder at grouping errands to cut down on driving.”
8. Liz Kroyer: “I would like to start using rechargeable batteries and possibly buy a rain bucket for 2013!”
Want to learn more about rechargeable batteries before you buy them? Read: 5 FAQs about Recycling Rechargeable Batteries