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Green New Year’s ResolutionsPosted on 21st December 2017 by Lauren Parry
It’s that time of year again – New Year’s Resolution time.
Looking for some ideas to add to your list? Greener Kirkcaldy staff and volunteers share their top ‘green’ New Year’s Resolutions for 2018.
Suzy, Chief Executive – Start bringing a packed lunch to work. The main reason is to reduce waste – I feel a nagging sense of guilt every time I throw away the packaging of a shop-bought sandwich or carton of soup! It’ll also save me money and probably be healthier and tastier.
Dianne, Office Manager – Write a menu for the week ahead along with a corresponding shopping list, and rather than cooking a meal for one or two, cook in larger batches and freeze for home-made ready meals.
Kitty, Energy Advisor – Eat local seasonal food to reduce food miles.
Jocasta, Volunteer – Donate, sell or repurpose one (or more!) item of clothing every time I buy a new one. Also, try and walk more instead of driving, and share lifts to places further away.
Jackie, Development Worker – Give handmade birthday cards to everyone instead of buying them.
Steven, Volunteer – Reuse plastic bottles for water instead of buying bottled water all the time
Bruce, Project Manager – Eat less meat. Try ‘Meat-free Mondays’ for a start.
Bryan, Volunteer – Reduce the amount of food waste I’m throwing out by organising my weekly shopping better and only buying food that I know I will use before its expiration date.
Wendy, Volunteer – Learn how to properly use my garden compost bin. I have one and try to use it, but I think I’ve been doing it wrong and next year I’m hoping to do it right.
Pat, Board Member – Reduce plastic use by taking my own mug to coffee shops, avoiding plastic packaging, choosing clothes with natural fibres, and using refill stations for detergents or buying detergents in a box rather than a plastic container.
Rosanna, Development Worker – Manage my heating better. I have it on a timer and sometimes forget to change it for the following day even though I know there will be no-one home.
Michael, Energy Advisor – Switch energy suppliers and consider swapping to a supplier that uses renewable energy.
When you’re making your New Year’s Resolutions this year, why not try and include some that are good for the planet too?
Installing home renewable energy systems can save you carbon emissions and money. Media Volunteer Bryan outlines the benefits and different systems in his blog.
Take part in our LED amnesty, helping you save money and swap your old light bulbs to energy-efficient LEDs through our Eco Shop.