6 Resolutions That Are Good For You And The Planet
by Anna D'Arcy
By Anna D'Arcy
1. Planting a Garden
There’s nothing quite as rewarding as harvesting a full grown vegetable that you nourished from a seedling. Growing your own fruits, vegetables, and herbs helps you be more aware of your own diet, formulating healthier habits. Not only that, but it cuts down greatly on your carbon footprint. No more pesticide covered vegetables wrapped in plastic being toted around in fuel burning trucks for you! If you live in the Los Angeles area and don’t have space for a garden or want to learn more about both compost and gardening, come volunteer at Overdue’s community garden! Please email email@example.com if you are interested.
2. Shopping Small and Local
Didn’t unwrap quite what you wanted this holiday season? That’s ok! Get out there and treat yourself! Shop from small businesses, makers and bakers. Go to a farmer’s market or an artisanal boutique. When you buy local, you are putting money into your local economy and buying products that are usually better for you and the planet. Skip the fast fashion at the mall and find a consignment shop or someone that weaves sweaters that will last you years. Feel closer to your community as you meet those who make their own honey or pasta. You’ll get some things that you want and fill a need in your soul.
3. Sign Up for a Library Card
I understand, Colleen Hoover and Stephen King literally cannot stop writing books, and you want to read them all. Save your money for something special this year and sign up for a library card. In the words of my 25 year old street-ware wearing boyfriend, going to the library is, “like shopping without having to spend any money.” You heard it here first folks. Not only will you be saving two kinds of paper, but library cards can often open you up to a world of other benefits, like free online resources and passes to museums or state parks.
4. Powering Off
From Airpods to air conditioners, it can often feel like we are surrounded by machines. We’ll put on music while we walk instead of listening to the wind and birds. We’ll scroll through our phone even when we are already watching a movie. So many of our distractors need charging that we sometimes don’t realize they're draining our battery. Unplug and disconnect. Try to spend a few hours every day away from screens and devices, and maybe even doing one of the other things on this list! An additional plus? You may even have a lower electric bill. Trust me, the power company’s do not need any more of your money.
Come on, you knew I had to! For our current members, Overdue cleanups have cultivated some of their highlights from the past year. Getting outside and walking around while collecting trash is good for both your mental and physical health. Join us while we also do yoga on the beach or grab a beer from a local brewery. Chatting with other eco-conscious individuals is great for your social health, not to mention the rewarding feeling of knowing you are helping make a cleaner street, community, and planet. There are really no down sides! Keep up with us on Instagram and email to learn about our upcoming events.