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Green New Year's ResolutionsI was lucky enough to sit down with my fellow Waste Reduction Coordinators (Griselda, Bailey, and Alan) to discuss our New Year's Resolutions from the past and present. Here's a quick list of what we are implementing in our homes. 1. Make your home efficient.Bailey lives in an older home and did a home weatherization audit. Since then, he has sealed air leaks in his home, added an attic fan, and installed a heat pump. Outside Bailey added a water sensor to his irrigation system and avoids pesticides in his lawn and garden.2. Thrifted Wardrobe All of us discussed our love of thrift shopping since reuse is so important, and there is an overwhelming amount of discarded clothing. The EPA estimates 14.3 million tons of textiles were generated in 2012, or 5.7 percent of total municipal solid waste (MSW) generation. Shopping second-hand is a great way to keep garments from the solid-waste stream while helping provide income for non-profit groups.3. Creative CompostWhile Salem-Keizer residents are lucky to have curbside compost, worm bins are an easy way to compost and a fun thing to share with children. Both Bailey and I look forward to creating worm bins and towers in our backyard. 4. Reduce Food Waste - Griselda has a system to use veggie peels and parts to create broth, and she also makes homemade baby food. This year she wants to stick to her meal plan better, and promote more food waste reduction at work and throughout the community as well. Alan shared his tip of freezing leftovers to extend the life of food, as well as making dinners more convenient on busy nights. 5. Reuse - I'd love to see a community street swap where neighbors give away things they no longer need. We also like to use craigslist and freecycle to give away items and look for gently used things. For more ReUse ideas, visit the ReUse Network and let us know your favorite thrift shop or reuse organization on facebook! To hear more of our Green New Year's Resolutions, view Waste Matters on the Air for a special Green New Year's Resolutions show, aired January. 1st.
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