It’s hard to not make New Year’s Resolutions as the clock strikes midnight and you start fresh. There are always things we want to improve about ourselves, and making goals alongside the new year seems to help you keep them.
However, this year, instead of only looking inward when crafting your resolutions, you could broaden your scope and add in a few that don’t only benefit yourself.
Thinking about sustainability in the new year enables you to make small changes in your own routines that can contribute big to the world around you.
When it’s time to fill up the car
It’s no secret that the tailpipe emissions from cars aren’t great for the environment. Even though it’s something you can’t avoid, you don’t have to ignore it either. By making responsible choices about where you fuel up, you can make a positive impact by reducing emissions polluting the air.
When you decide to fill up at any Twice Daily fuel station, you’re already thinking about sustainability. The Twice Daily Thrive program automatically offsets up to 30 percent of your tailpipe emissions with every gallon of gas you buy. This is accomplished through investments in certified carbon reduction products happening around the world.
When it’s time to think green
Thinking green and thinking sustainably are two things that just go together, but this way to think green involves trees.
Trees are amazing additions to any community. They’re more versatile than you think, and they even take in harmful carbon dioxide from the air. One mature tree can absorb close to 48 pounds of carbon dioxide per year, so resolving to plant a tree or two definitely plays into a resolution of sustainability.
You can accomplish this in one of two ways. If you have room in your own yard to add a tree, consider planting a sapling and watching it grow over the years you’re in that home. If you don’t have a ton of space, getting involved with a local organization that plants trees in your community often has a multi-faceted impact.
Twice Daily Thrive extends its efforts to improve the environment by doing just this. Working with organizations in Nashville like GROW Enrichment and the Nashville Tree Foundation, Twice Daily team members have already made a positive impact on the community.
The tree planting projects done with the Nashville Tree Foundation have helped to preserve and enhance Nashville’s urban forests. Planting apple, plum, and nectarine trees in GROW’s Silvopasture Orchard not only puts more carbon-sequestering trees into the world, but also contributes to the orchard’s main goal of becoming a source of sustainable food for the local community.
Both of these organizations are ones in which you’re able to volunteer your own time. Doing so gives you a productive outlet to achieve your New Year’s resolutions of sustainability with the added bonus of helping others.
When you’re ready to make changes at home
For sustainability resolutions that are easy to do at home, the two best places to look are your trash and your utility bills.
Not all trash has to go into the garbage can. Even if you can’t recycle it through your local recycling center, there’s always composting. Setting up a compost bin means repurposing food waste. Instead of it breaking down inside a plastic garbage bag in a landfill, you’re turning it into usable materials to feed your own plants and trees.
Utility bills are another place to look when it comes to helping the environment. Small changes that lower your bills mean you’re using less of these resources, and that’s a good thing.
Start by converting your light bulbs to energy-efficient options. Then, remember to turn lights off when you leave a room. Unplugging electronics where they’re not in use can also lower your electricity bill, along with making one-degree changes to your thermostat.
If you’re interested in using less water, take shorter showers. Even cutting 30 seconds off each shower adds up. You should also wait to run your dishwasher or washing machine until they’re totally full. This leads to less cycles, less water use, and even less electricity.
Make choices every day to save the world
Alright, you’re not going to single-handedly save the world by creating New Year’s resolutions around sustainability, but you’ll be doing your part. It may feel small, but if we all did these few things in the coming new year, our combined efforts would create big change.