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4 Easy Lifestyle Changes To Begin 2019 With An Eco-Friendly Boost

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A new year means new goals. Here are four easy ways to jump-start a more sustainable lifestyle.


This post was written by Emily Folk, the creator of Conservation Folks.

Happy New Year! Now’s the perfect time to take stock and assess your life, and perhaps reevaluate some of your habits, in order to make this coming year your best yet! Along with personal health and wealth goals, many people have goals for how to live more sustainably for the benefit of a larger community and the world.


But when it comes to living more eco-friendly lives, it can be easy to get overwhelmed with all the options and all there is to know and do. It’s easy to begin to get distracted and discouraged as life lurches forward. To make things a little easier, try out any one of these popular sustainability goals to jumpstart your new year on a sustainable track!


1. Pick One Place To Walk Or Bike To

Burning a single gallon of gas results in about 20 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions. You can easily reduce your carbon footprint (and increase your health in the process!) by choosing one place near your home that you travel to often: The grocery store, the post office, a coffee shop, or a friend's house, and commit to walking or biking there instead of driving. The places we frequent the most have the most potential for making simple environmental gains if we change to human-powered transportation. Anywhere you go at least semi-regularly will work!


2. Start Composting

Did you know that around 40 percent of food produced in the US gets wasted? While reducing waste is the best option, composting your food scraps is the next most environmentally friendly thing you can do. The composting process breaks down organic matter and transforms it into excellent plant fertilizer. If you have a backyard, you can make your own compost pile. If not, you can save your food scraps, and drop them off at a compost-collection point near you.


3. Reduce Your Shower Time

Cutting just 2 minutes off your shower time can save 10 gallons of water! Try setting a timer or make a playlist of songs that's a specific length of time, so you know when it's time to finish up.


4. Unplug Electronics When Not In Use

Electronics still consume a small amount of power when they're plugged in even if they're turned off. Make it a goal to unplug your devices when you're done with them. Connecting multiple items to a power strip can make this easier because then you can simply unplug the power strip.


Sticking to goals is a matter of starting small, being realistic, tracking your progress and celebrating the small victories. Remember that a little change can go a long way when small positive changes are added up over the course of a year! You can always do more once you have some momentum and build as you go.


Good luck with your sustainability goals in 2019!



What are your new year’s eco-living goals? Share and inspire others in the comments!

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Emily Folk
Emily Folk
Emily Folk covers topics in zero-waste living, sustainability, and eco-friendly lifestyle. She is the creator of Conservation Folks, and you... more
  • John D. 3 months ago
    Looks like the Question of the Day went into self-isolation.
    • Barbara W. 3 months ago
      it was about this same time last year that we lost Ben. Ben put on a bunch of stuff for Earth day /month. ( Like 500 Bonus points worth !) He use to answer questions and played an active part of our experiences here. I miss him!
      I think they went thur a couple of temp people, then landed someone with different terms. So where are we now besides lost?
    • John D. 3 months ago
      Headquarters is in NY.
    • Barbara W. 3 months ago
    • Barbara W. 3 months ago
      and since we have been advised of nothing, the mask is ON also.
  • Barbara W. 3 months ago
    A plug for the mag "REAL SIMPLE" my brother and sister-inlaw really liked it last year. Then it was gone , BUT now back, so I am sending it to my sister this time ( the points are a lot more this time thou) Its for the crafty person, makes a nice small gift. I regularly check to see if they added some new ones...recently they have, so check it out!
  • Steven S. 3 months ago
    The same story as yesterday and question of the day page 404 error. It's gone.
    • Barbara W. 3 months ago
      I did not even get a 404 error...just not there! Maybe the person taking care of it is now unemployed? cuts ,cuts. The question of the Day was my favorite thing. Darn!
  • tommy b. 3 months ago
  • Barbara W. 3 months ago
    4-23-20 so what happened to the question of the day?
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