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Tips on Individual Ways to Make a 'Greener' CO in 2008

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Wednesday, December 26, 2007   

Why not make some of your New Years' resolutions "green" this year? Sierra magazine's Lifestyles Editor, Jennifer Hattam, says there are ways to not only simplify your life, but make a global difference. For instance, she suggests picking some part of your daily routine, such as a daily commute to work, and figuring out a "greener" way to do it.

"You look at how you're getting to work and you think, 'Okay, can I take the bus one day a week? Can I walk one day a week? Can I ride my bike one day a week?' If you try it, you see that it can make your commute less stressful, and then you want to think about doing it more than one day a week."

Another easy step is to vow to cut as much "junk mail" out of your life as possible. Hattam says it's as simple as a visit to a Website, like www.catalogchoice.org, to opt out of unwanted mail-order catalogs.

"This is a great green resolution because it reduces a lot of waste, and it also totally reduces the hassle in your own life."

Hattam says making a few adjustments in your diet can have financial as well as health benefits, by cutting out meat one day a week, or switching a certain percentage of your grocery budget to organics. She advises staying away from bottled water, which isn't better than tap water in most places, or considering a water filtration system.

The benefits? Saving money and time, while doing your part to save the environment. You'll find more tips on the Sierra Club Radio podcast at .




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