When you make your New Year’s Resolutions, you might want to include some things that will improve our world and nature. Here are some ideas to get you started.
1. Plant an herb garden
A small herb garden is pretty simple to start and maintain and it can provide you with fresh herbs throughout the year. It’s nice to have the convenience of fresh herb flavors right at your fingertips. It also cuts down on the use of un-recyclable plastics used in supermarket herb packaging.
2. Put up a bird feeder
Birds have a hard time finding food during the winter season. You can put nuts and seeds in a feeder or on a table for a bird feast. When it’s replenished on a regular basis, you might enjoy watching the birds return to nibble since they will learn that it’s a reliable food source.
3. Build a backyard pond
Creating a place for frogs, toads and invertebrates to be in your garden will attract an array of wildlife. You might see damselflies, dragonflies and a variety of birds show up.
4. Begin a compost
Put your organic food waste to good use by composting it. When you chop up vegetables for your salad, put the leftovers in a bowl and when it becomes full, take it out to your garden and set it in your compost heap. During the summer, you can add leafy plants and grass to this pile as well. After a few months, you will have a ripe organic mulch great to giving your soil a boost.
5. Plant nectar rich plants to help the bees
Bees are our key pollinators of much of our food crops making them vital to our ecosystem. You can encourage bees to visit your garden by planting things like lavender, sunflowers, fennel, comfrey, oregano, mint, sage, and berries.
6. Collect rainwater
If it’s legal where you live, get a barrel and create a system to collect rainwater. You can use this to water your plants which has more nutrients than tap water. Use this water to top off your pond or outdoor washing bowl as well.
7. Change out your light bulbs to LED
Go through your home and replace your light bulbs to LED ones which use 25 to 85% less energy and last much longer. This not only saves you money in the long run, but helps save greenhouse gas emissions from being released.
8. Bring your own bag
When you go shopping, bring your own reusable bags to use instead of the plastic grocery bags at the store. Plastic bags have three times the greenhouse gas impact than reusable bags. Reduce all that waste by vowing this year to bring your own.
9. Use a reusable water bottle
While it’s important to stay hydrated, drinking water shouldn’t come at the expense of the environment. Invest in a BPA-free refillable water bottle and be part of the solution. Ditch those disposable water bottles that are clogging up our landfills and taking 17 million barrels of oil each year to produce.
10. Donate items not being used
Instead of having a yard sale or selling things online, donate your unused clothing, furniture and household items instead. Let someone else benefit from what you are not using. Make sure you donate items that are in good condition.