Why worry about New Year Resolutions you know you can’t achieve? Instead, join Brewer’s Dan and George as they propose a toast: “To Sustainable Achievable New Years Resolutions!”
Here is a list of 10 things you can do in a month and feel good about your sustainable efforts for years to come. Each link we provide will get you started and help you achieve the goal. You barely even have to work for it. Now that is a resolution we know you can achieve!
1. Learn about how to select sustainable seafood. Buy some at your local store or restaurant once per week!
2. Reduce packaging, shop the bulk food section at your local independent grocery. Cereal, chocolate chips, pasta….you’ll be amazed at the good stuff you can find.
3. Move your money to a community bank. “Too big to fail” banks have been using our money to make the system worse–what if we used our money to make the system better? Spend 4 minutes to watch this Wonderful Life video mash-up with some recent congressional testimony; it is uber ironic. Move your money. That would be sustainable!
4. BUYCOTTING–buy what you believe in to support companies worthy of you respect (like organic beer!):
5. Buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer—Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). Every week or two, you can get supper fresh fruits, veggies, eggs, nuts, and sometimes grass fed meat.
Find a CSA near you: www.localharvest.org/csa/
6. Put a stop to unwanted catalogs in your home and office mail. Catalogs are consumer advertisements which are largely a waistful use of paper, ink, water, and energy (transportation, recycling, etc.) & is not sustainable. If you must, sign up for your favorite catalogs on-line version:
Just flip the switch to off when you leave to reduce phantom electric load. Electricity “leaks” are bad for the environment and your pocket book.
8. Once per week, cook a tasty, fast veggie stir fry & observe Meat Free Monday (OK, you can pick a different day). Reduce greenhouse gases by reducing your meat consumption by 1/7th.
9. Without sacrifice to your morning high pressure routine, install a low flow shower head. Here is the one Brewer Dan uses, and a nice website to buy green consumer products:
10. Learn about your carbon footprint and offset part ( or all ) of it. Bison did a footprint study of a 6-pack of beer. Check it out and learn what YOU can do: