New Year’s Resolutions

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Have you already picked your new year’s resolutions for 2014? The most common resolutions each year are: getting healthy, working on finances and getting a new job. Why don’t you decide to do something different this year and make your resolution to lower your environmental impact in 2014!? Here are some easy tips to do that. Make a commitment to yourself and friends, family, roommates and others around you to reduce, reuse and recycle in the new year.

1. Take steps to reduce packaging waste.

  • Choose products with minimal packaging, the least materials, or none at all.
  • Buy the largest size practical, if you’ll use it and can store it.
  • Drink tap water instead of bottled water.
  • Use reusable bags and drink containers such as bottles and mugs.

2. Make a commitment to reduce food waste.

  • Plan ahead by making a shopping list and sticking to it so you only buy what you need.
  • Make it last by storing produce correctly and freezing items such as bread until you’re ready to use them.
  • Use the right size by serving small amounts and cleaning your plate.
  • Love your leftovers! Leftovers make a great lunch or a base for a new meal.
  • Trust your senses. Sell-by dates are aimed at retailers and leave about a week for consumers to enjoy an item at home. And “best-by” is less stringent than “use-by”.
  • Buy a backyard compost bin from the city or try out worm composting.
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3. Donate clothing, shoes and other textiles. Melrose has many textile boxes including ones at the City Yard at 72 Tremont St. and all 8 public schools have bins.

4. Maximize curbside recycling by reviewing the list of acceptable items. 

5. Sign up for a free service to opt out of yellow pages  and junk mail.

For even more ideas on how to reduce your waste, check out the Zero Waste Home website.

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