Last year, I wrote some ‘alternative’ green resolutions for myself and hopefully to inspire others. They were a little silly, but were all good for the environment. I wanted to show that being green isn’t all about deprivation and discomfort.
As we approach the end of they year, I thought I should revisit them. I’ll let you know how I performed soon.
Kate’s alternative green resolutions from January 1st 2015
- Forget your manners
When Christmas is over, but the aftermath of presents remains, be honest. How many do your really like or need? Get on eBay and sell the things that don’t bring you a smile, far better to rehome than hide them in the cupboard.
- Have more sex
As activities go for all you consenting adults, it is one of the greenest there is. No electricity is required and it warms you up. It’s also good for your relationship – so decreasing the risk of divorce which is very un-environmentally friendly (suddenly two houses, two cars and two of everything are needed).
- Don’t go to the gym
Avoid being a hamster on a treadmill, burning carbon to get fit. No, just go outside instead. It is better for your mind and more challenging and varied for your body. Free too.
- Get a new hairstyle
Ladies – take two inches off your hair and you’ll save minutes and carbon every day by reducing the blow dry time and the amount of product you need to use.
- Don’t eat salad
This is a silly time of year to stick to lettuce, cucumber and tomatoes. These are in season in the summer so instead of buying tasteless imported versions now, save them for June. If you want to eat healthily this month then choose cabbage, root vegetables and spinach.
- Celebrate breasts
Everyone knows that breast feeding is best for the baby, but it is also the very best choice for the environment too. Formula feeding has its place, but it comes with a massive carbon footprint and lots of packaging. Make sure you smile at nursing mothers and give up your seat to mums with babies in crowded cafes.
- Don’t do the washing up yourself
Instead, put the dishwasher on eco-setting, use a marine safe powder and let the machine get busy – it will use less water and energy than you.
- Don’t get up so early
These dark winter mornings mean two things are guaranteed – lights are on and so is the heating. Could you stay in bed for twenty minutes more and then just rush? More sleep is a good thing and so is saving energy.
- Ignore the garden
Leave any seed heads or piles of leaves – they are providing food or shelter for wildlife. Keep your hands off until early springtime when you can go crazy with the secateurs.
- Don’t go to work
In the absence of a lottery win halting all work, why not discuss a work from home day with your employer? This won’t be appropriate for all jobs, but if yours is mainly desk based then a regular day at home can help you be more productive as well as slashing your transport related emissions.
Look out for my update on how I did early in the New Year!