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Earth Day Resolutions

Make a difference in your life and on planet Earth.

Thinking about our planet and its delicate state can be overwhelming and even frightening, but we should not be paralyzed by fear or hopelessness. Earth day has been celebrated since 1970, bringing people together from all over the world to volunteer and shine a spotlight on the most complex problem humanity has ever faced. The work done by volunteers, companies and individuals adds up quickly, but more importantly it is a time for self-examination. Some will simply read the headline in the news and carry on, while others will question how they can contribute. Even if you pass on the opportunity to volunteer, donate or voice your values there are great ways to make a difference.

Reduce Your Footprint

We understand you have a fabulous lifestyle! So we would like to make things easier by tackling the low hanging fruit first. Below are some ideas that are not only good for the planet but also good for your health and social life. Ready to be eco-chic? Read on.

Bicycles, Trains and Carpools

Ride your bicycle to work, take public transport or carpool to work once a week. The average American drives 259 miles a week. A single day of public transportation, bicycle riding or car-pooling can transform our landscape. It might also make life more fun! Isaac and I ride everywhere, every day, rain or shine.

 

Vegetables are the new Bacon!

A meatless diet is not only healthier but reduces your footprint even more. According to Environmental Defense Fund, “If every American skipped one meal of chicken per week and substituted vegetables and grains…the carbon dioxide savings would be the same as taking more than half a million cars off of U.S. roads.” If you are unconvinced by this argument read on as our favorite chef and molecular gastronomist extraordinaire explains why vegetables are the new bacon.

Refill and Refuse

Reusable water containers are no good in your cupboard. Most of us have reusable water bottles and containers for food. The secret to their success is to keep them handy. Bring them to work, keep them in a visible place, so when you are about to make waste or buy a drink in a disposable container you will think twice. At MIO we all keep our water bottles within reach. In short reusable bottles are good for you and good for the planet.

The first part is easy! Now if you’re feeling extra motivated try and avoid disposable bags, cups, straws, mixers and extra napkins at every restaurant, bar and store you visit. I have found that most of these things are simply decoration and add little to the overall experience. In other words order your margarita on the rocks, with salt sans napkins and straws. To put things in perspective the US will consume 500 million straws a day and the US population is just over 323 million people and counting.   Get on the bandwagon here!

Sweaters and Thermostats

Sweating in the summer and freezing in the winter can be uncomfortable, but as it turns out a little bit of heat and cold never hurt anybody. To the contrary there are studies that highlight some of the health benefits to lowering your thermostat.

It has become common in the US to shut all the windows and let the air conditioner and heater do all the work. Try and give your body a passive workout by letting it regulate the temperature. No matter where you set your dial, two degrees cooler in the winter or warmer in the summer can mean a reduction of 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide a year.

Baby Steps

You don’t have to be a hero to make a difference. Simply do your part and start with the easiest thing on this list or find a different list and tackle it day by day. Make a resolution to try and reduce your footprint and let’s meet again here Earth Day 2017 to up the ante!