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7 Simple Ways to Go Green in 2016

The start of a new year is the best time to reflect on past habits that are not working for you and your life and work on what you really want to do. If you are currently thinking about what you want to go to work on in your life for 2016, consider the different ways you could have a positive impact on the environment.

Even if it wasn't your intention to commit to going green in 2016, this list is full of ideas that are so easy to carry out, you may find yourself hopping on the green “bandwagon” anyway! Here are seven simple things you can do to go green in 2016.

1. Have Your Coffee Shaken, Not Stirred

Everybody knows about the benefits of reusable water bottles, but if you are religious about drinking coffee consider investing in your own coffee container. Get one that seals shut so you can shake it to mix with your cream and sugar. That way, you can save a cup, lid, sleeve and stir stick – every day of the year.

2. Shop in Style

Forego the paper and plastic and take reusable canvas shopping bags with you to the grocery store. Not only will it save water and energy, but it will also cut down on the 100 billion plastic bags produced in the U.S. every year. Not to mention, some of these canvas bags look pretty dapper, and you can stash a couple in your car for convenience!

3. Eat Local

According to a recent study, 250,000 tons of greenhouse gases and 6,000 tons of smog-forming gases were released by food transportation vehicles in California alone. As if not knowing where your food comes from isn’t scary enough! Look for local foods and breathe easier.

4. Shorten Your Shower

Each minute you spend in the shower uses up to 2.1 gallons of water. If you spend 10 minutes in the shower every day, you’re using 630 gallons of water for showering each month. Cut that time down by two minutes and save 126 gallons!

5. Let Your Laptop Sleep

No need to tuck your computer in at night but be sure to shut it down before you go to bed. It will save energy and ultimately save you bucks, cutting down on 40 watt-hours a day.

6. Double-side your Documents

Before you print your itineraries, memos, or favorite article about going green, set your printer default to the 2-sided option. When you consider the average American office worker uses 10,000 sheets of paper a year, a 50 percent cut makes quite a difference.

7. Purchase Remanufactured Printer Cartridges

If you’re double-siding those documents, why not get remanufactured printer cartridges while you're at it? They function just as well as the original/brand name cartridges, because they are made by the engineers from the same companies, and will save a significant amount of money. After all, printer cartridges don’t exactly decompose like vegetables.

It's as simple as that to help preserve the environment and to save the green inside your wallet. This simple guide goes to show you that even the smallest changes can lower your impact on the environment and help you accomplish more of your 2016. Remember, if printing it for reference, don't forget to use both sides of the page!

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