A Green Home: Make a Green New Year's Resolution

| 12/27/2010 9:51:00 AM

Jaci KennisonJaclyn Kennison is a freelance writer living and playing in the Black Hills of South Dakota. She owns and manages an art gallery and event venue between fits of shopping and redecorating.  

The gifts are given, the boxes unwrapped (the paper saved or composted of course), and the decorations are coming down. The next big holiday looms, and as we prepare for the new year, many of us are also preparing mental lists of those things to resolve to make this year greater, more productive, more peaceful, beautiful and green than the last.

While resolutions often center around self-improvement, this year I am encouraging a second resolution. I know, I know—it can be hard enough to keep one. Just hear me out.

What if we took a little pressure off self-improvement and focused on improving our world? What if our resolutions were for a better, brighter and greener world? What if we resolved to go green in one new way, starting today? It might even be easier to keep a resolution for the world.

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Start a garden or order salad at your favorite restaurant to reduce your environmental footprint. Photo By Quinn Dombrowski/Courtesy Flickr. 

There are a lot of ways to re-green your home, and your life. As avid readers of Mother Earth Living, I assume many of you already go green as much as possible. Truthfully though, there is always some area where we can improve, which is—in my opinion—what resolutions are for. So take resolution season to a world-wide level this year, and consider doing something to improve your green lifestyle.