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JL A (281)
Monday December 31, 2012, 11:19 am

Mother Jones
15 Green New Year's Resolutions for 2013
MoJo staffers weigh in.

By Kiera Butler | Mon Dec. 31, 2012 12:01 AM PST

Welcome to the third annual Econundrums new year's resolution roundup! I like to end every year of Econundrums by asking: What are your environmentally-themed goals for the year to come? (You can check out previous years' resolutions here [1] and here [2].) This year, I posed the question to my fellow Mother Jones staffers. Here are some of their responses:

Rinse and re-use plastic zip lock bags. Remember to take reusable vegetable bags to the store. Remember to turn off power strips not in use. -Khary Brown

Divest myself from fossil fuels. -Tim McDonnell

Stop buying palm oil imported from Indonesia. They're destroying entire acres of precious habitat in order to grow palms for palm oil. The baboons who live here, as well as a species of tiger, are losing their habitat and may become endangered. -Young Kim

Make the switch to natural cleaning products. Go cruelty-free with cosmetics. -Allison Stelly

Eat less cheese. -Kate Sheppard

Eat only sustainably harvested fish/shellfish. Oh! I’m going to miss it so! And make all gifts and cards for the year out of things I already own–sewing projects using old clothes, mostly, but some book binding too. -Emma Logan

Bike to my nearest "park & ride" (as opposed to driving!) -Jacques Hebert

Stop drinking soy milk. -Maddie Oatman

Overcome the idea that real action on environmental problems has anything to do with individual consumer choice. -Luke Smith

Remember to bring my own bag and stop getting charged 10 cents. Reuse food scraps and pulp (for soups, pies, curry) before throwing into compost. -Jaeah Lee

Drink more—from reusable containers like growlers. -Tom Philpott

I want to opt out of a full-body TSA scan at least once. I'm not comfortable with the amount of radiation those scanners give off, or the way TSA handled the public's health concerns around them. -Maggie Severns

Refill my hand, dish and laundry soap from the bulk section at my local health food store rather than bring new containers into my home. -Amber Hewins

Stop being afraid to tell the 7-11 guy that I don't need a plastic bag. -Sydney Brownstone

...and as for me, I'm going to volunteer for at least one environment-related project in my community—maybe a community garden workday, a beach cleanup, or trail maintenance at a local park.

Do you have an environmental new year's resolution? Leave it in the comments.
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Terry V (30)
Monday December 31, 2012, 5:02 pm
Smart ideas. Thanks!

JL A (281)
Monday December 31, 2012, 5:31 pm
You're welcome Terry. You cannot currently send a star to Terry because you have done so within the last week.

Kathleen B (37)
Tuesday January 1, 2013, 2:08 pm
I'll watch out for that sneaky palm oil, tigers are too precious to allow even a millimeter of their habitat become endangered.
Noticed my local grocery chain, Giant Eagle, has "Dead Sea Soap" on their shelves, that only profit the illegal Israeli settlers, at the expense of Palestinian resources?

Shelly P (5)
Tuesday January 1, 2013, 2:16 pm
Great tips! Thanks for the post!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 1, 2013, 7:28 pm
thanks :-)

JL A (281)
Tuesday January 1, 2013, 8:05 pm
You are welcome Jessica
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