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Posted on January 6, 2021 at 8:13 AM by Natalie Nebilak
What does the New Year mean to you? Perhaps a time of reflection on the year gone by, or the feeling of a fresh start for the year ahead? Maybe like many others you would like to set some goals or intentions for yourself this year. We have compiled a short list of sustainable habits to help you slide into a healthy New Year!
Start a Compost Pile
Inedible food parts or scraps don’t have to be wasted by going to the landfill. Items like coffee grounds, apple cores, corn husks, carrot tops..etc. all have vital nutrients that can be returned to the soil via composting. And that healthy soil that you are creating with your compost pile can in turn be used to grow new fruits and veggies in your own little garden, or be used to pot flowers and herbs. And if you're short on space, perhaps a worm bin is the right fit. Red wiggler worms can eat 1.5 times their body weight a day! It's better to feed our food scraps to the worms than our landfills, so we can reduce the amount of methane gas released from decomposing organic matter in the landfill. The City of Ventura sponsors a compost and worm bin discount program in partnership with Green Thumb Nursery where you can purchase either a worm bin or a compost bin at 50% the retail price. Just show proof of City residence and bring along your coupon that you can find HERE.
Become a Better Recycler with Recycle Coach
Sometimes being a good recycler can be tricky. But this year, you can up your recycling game by downloading Recycle Coach, an app designed to help you decipher which items can be recycled and how to recycle them properly. And stay up-to-date on waste and recycling events near you with your personalized schedule in the Recycle Coach App. Download it here!
Shop Local Farmers Markets
Farmers markets are a great way to support our local agricultural community while reducing our environmental impact. When we buy local produce, we dramatically reduce the transportation process which uses fossil fuels and can result in lost produce during transport and delivery. Click here for more information on our local Farmers Markets.
Feel like your drowning in plastic? Our local marine life can sympathise. Plastic is one of the most littered items in the environment, and it can take up to 450 years for plastic to decompose, which means it’s sticking around for a WHILE. Yes, plastic can be beneficial in the fields of medical science and transportation, but on the day-to-day it seems like we are never more than a few feet from several plastic items. Especially single-use-plastics, like plastic over-wrap on our toilet paper bundle, plastic bags, produce bags...etc. While we might not be able to ditch ALL the plastic in our lives, we can certainly make a difference by swapping out single use items for more environmentally friendly options. Forgo a flat of bottled water for a refillable and reusable stainless steel water bottle. Skip the plastic bags and bring your own bags to the grocery store. Instead of buying condiments that are in plastic containers, look for a suitable replacement that comes in a glass container. We will no doubt end up with some plastics in our lives, but we also have the benefit of recycling! To help you become a better recycler when it comes to plastics, download the Recycle Coach app!
When you are in the market for some new cleaning products for your home, look for the Green Seal Certification for more sustainable and safer cleaning options. You can also make simple and safe cleaners at home using ingredients like vinegar, lemon, and baking soda. Click here for some simple recipes. Our local Green Business, The Refill Shoppe, also has several options for sustainable cleaning products that are safe for your home and family. And use old towels and rags instead of single use paper towels to reduce paper waste.
Whatever your New Year's intentions may be, we hope this coming year brings health and happiness to our community and natural resources. For more tips and information follow us on Facebook and Instagram and sign up for our bi-monthly Newsletter!
Happy New Year!