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By Samuel R. Avro on Jan 1, 2009 with no responses

Converting to ‘Green’ as a New Year’s Resolution

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A recent survey shows that Americans want to ring in 2009 with a more organized and greener home. The survey, conducted by Mode All-In-One Recycling Centers, inquiring about the current recycling habits of American households found that 77 percent recycle, and 50 percent are recycling more than they did two years ago. And, when looking to 2009 and beyond, 69 percent are likely to recycle more.

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 75 percent of what Americans throw away could be recycled.

“We have come a long way in our recycling habits and it is exciting to see Americans wanting to be more environmentally conscious in 2009,” said Larry Kahn, president of Mode Products. “Everyone wants to recycle, but we don’t always have the space for recyclables or the time to sort and separate recyclables. Fortunately, for 2009, there are new solutions that simplify and organize the sorting and storage of paper, plastic, glass and metal. Now it’s easier than ever to make your New Year’s resolutions green.”

Among the simple resolutions one can make in order to change their lifestyle to that of a greener one, are:

  • If you plan to purchase a major appliance, make sure it’s Energy-Star rated.
  • Bottles and cans aren’t the only things that can be recycled. You can recycle old gadgets in return for cash. You can also recycle by donating your old stuff to charity, or selling it, rather than just throwing it away.
  • Save energy with simple steps like turning off lights and unplugging appliances. Plugged-in but unused appliances, such as phone chargers, are constantly sucking energy (hence the name “vampire power”), and unplugging them can help you save.
  • Switch to using energy-saving light bulbs such as LED’s.
  • Say “no thanks” to junk mail. You can sign up to have unwanted catalogs and mailers discontinued through sites like the National Do Not Mail List for less irritation and less trash.
  • Leave the car more often and cycle, walk, share a car or use public transport.
  • Use rechargeable batteries, not disposable ones.
  • Put your outdoor lights on motion sensors. It will keep you safe while not wasting electricity when no one is nearby.