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10 Ways to Go Green in 2013

If your New Year's resolution is to live a greener lifestyle, check out these 20 tips to help you stick to your plan.

If you want to be kinder to the planet and save some money at the same time, here are 20 ways to go green in 2013.

  1. Buy fresh, local food all year round at local Farmers Markets. A Winter Farmers Market is held at First Congregational Church in Port Washington on select Saturdays. Throughout the summer, both Port Washington and Saukville also host regular Farmers Markets.
  2. Have your kids make their friends birthday cards and bring gifts in decorated paper bags or a cool reusable bag. Kids love getting a handmade card — as do adults.
  3. Bring your own bags when you shop for groceries. 
  4. Shop at local thrift stores such as St. Vincent DePaul County Thrift Shoppe and Annex in Port Washington.
  5. Rip up some lawn and create new garden beds this spring, and then grow your own food this summer. Need a place to grow? Purchase a plot at the Hales Trail Community Garden in Port.
  6. Dispose of your hazardous waste properly. 
  7. Buy a share in a community-supported agriculture (CSA) farm to support local, sustainable farming and enjoy fresh veggies weekly. 
  8. Ditch those dreaded plastic sandwich bags and get some washable containers or bags. I like ReUsies, created by two Seattle moms.
  9. Cut down on car trips and run your errands on your bike or on foot. Need a bike or related equipment? Check out ZuZu Pedals in Port Washington.
  10. Pack cloth napkins instead of paper towels in school lunches.

Do you think you could stick to a green New Year's resolution? Share your thoughts and suggestions in the comments sections below.

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