Turning a New Leaf: Sustainability Resolutions for 2023

January 2, 2023

It is hard to believe the new year is already here! In the midst of swapping calendars and throwing out holiday leftovers, it is also important to choose a resolution or two to focus on throughout the year. Setting resolutions allows you to reflect on what’s important and focus on who you want to become. In addition to the traditional resolutions like increasing exercise or decreasing junk food, consider working on your sustainability efforts as well.

Below are some simple steps that you can take to live a more sustainable and eco-conscience lifestyle.

Upcycle or donate your clothing or accessories instead of throwing them away. This sustainable approach is both cost effective and a better solution than buying new items. Many thrift stores also contribute to local communities in one way or another, which allows you to do good for the planet and for your neighbors.

Prioritize your home by making simple changes to improve your household’s efficiency. One great way to reduce your carbon footprint is to limit your energy use. Consider making easy, low-cost investments around the house like:

  • Switching out traditional lightbulbs for LED ones.
  • Unplugging appliances when they aren’t in use.
  • Buying energy-efficient appliances.
  • Sealing drafts in windows and door sweeps.
  • Washing your clothes in cold water and hanging them to dry when possible.

Consider composting your organic materials when you need to dispose of them. There are many benefits to composting. Organic waste in landfills generates methane, a greenhouse gas. By composting organics, methane emissions can be significantly reduced. The SMSC Organics Recycling Facility offers residents a convenient way to get rid of unwanted wood, yard waste, food waste, sod and dirt, and even stumps for a fee. For more information on our facility’s residential compost program, click HERE.

Making sustainable changes to you and your family’s lifestyle may seem overwhelming at first, but at the end of the day, it is all about being intentional with how you use and consume resources.