New Year’s Resolution- To be More Eco-Friendly

~posted by Selby

With a new year come new year’s resolutions. Whether you want to learn to carve wood, invest in the stock market or create a will, the library probably has something to help you. One of my resolutions is to be more environmentally friendly. After reading the first two books below, I was inspired to give up as much plastic as I could and look for other ways in my life to reduce my impact on the Earth. Here are some books that will help if you have the same New Year’s resolution as I do.

Plastic Purge: How to Use Less Plastic, Eat Better, Keep Toxins Out of your Body, and Help Save the Sea Turtles by Michael SanClements and Plastic: A Toxic Love Story by Susan Feinkel are great books that will open your eyes to the ubiquity of plastics and some of the potential hazards to being in such a plastic laden world. Both books discuss the history of plastic, how certain types can harm our health and give ideas about how to lessen your use of stuff.

Books such as Picture Yourself Going Green: Step-by-Step Instruction on Living a Budget Conscious, Earth-Friendly Lifestyle in Eight Weeks or Less  by Erin Morgan, The Everything Green Living Book: Easy Ways to Conserve Energy, Protect your Family’s Health, and Help Save the Environment by Wenona Napolitano and Easy Green Living: The Ultimate Guide to Simple, Eco-friendly Choices for You and your Home by Renée Loux are great places to start if you are looking for ideas to reduce your environmental impact. Some ideas, such as changing out light bulbs to LEDs, are pretty standard and easy while others, like composting table scraps, take a little more work.

If you want to add a little spirituality to your life as well as a little green then try Rosemary Robert’s What Would The Buddha Recycle: The Zen of Green Living.  A little bit of quirk and meditation to go with your greener world.

For home-centric ideas check out Eco-Chic Home: Remake, Reuse & Remake your Way to Sustainable Style by Emily Anderson, The Solar House: Pioneering Sustainable Design by Anthony Denzer or Beautiful No-Mow Yards: 50 Amazing Lawn Alternatives by Evelyn Hadden. All of these books have ideas to make your home a little, or a lot, more eco-friendly.

But the book that appeals to me the most is Josh Dorfman’s The Lazy Environmentalist on a Budget: Save Money, Save Time, Save the Planet. I am lazy, an environmentalist and on a budget, and I appreciate that Dorfman understands that there are people like me who want to do something good for the planet but aren’t quite in the state of mind to go live off the grid in a solar-powered yurt.

So stop by the library today and see how we can help you with your new year’s resolutions.

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