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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Bring your own bags when you shop for groceries.
- Shop at local thrift stores such as St. Vincent DePaul County Thrift Shoppe and Annex in Port Washington.
- 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.
- Dispose of your hazardous waste properly.
- Buy a share in a community-supported agriculture (CSA) farm to support local, sustainable farming and enjoy fresh veggies weekly.
- Ditch those dreaded plastic sandwich bags and get some washable containers or bags. I like ReUsies, created by two Seattle moms.
- 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.
- 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.