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Sustainable New Year's Resolutions

Ring in the New Year with resolutions that'll boost your bank account and the planet. Here are a few climate-friendly habits that will save you money and slash your carbon footprint.

Cheers to 2023! Looking for simple ways to impact your wallet and the planet? Here are a few climate-friendly resolutions that can help you save cash AND carbon in the New Year. 

Thrift more  

Did you know that buying one handbag used instead of new can save at least 267 pounds of carbon emissions? Thrift shopping prevents waste, reduces carbon emissions, and can save you hundreds to thousands of dollars each year. You can find our top tips for thrifting here

Electrify your ride

Electrifying your ride is one of the most impactful things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint. Plus, thanks to the lower cost of maintenance, government tax incentives, and the diminished cost of charging, you could save thousands of dollars each year by purchasing an EV. You can find our EV guide here

Eat more plant-based meals

You’ve probably heard that switching to a plant-based diet can help combat climate change by reducing carbon emissions, conserving ecosystems, and reducing pollution. But did you know that adopting a meat-free diet can be significantly cheaper than a diet including meat and dairy? Exact savings will vary according to your region, the size of your household, and what you buy, but meatless diets cost $23 less per week on average. That adds up to $1,196 a year.

Buy refurbished tech  

Did you know that 40 million tons of e-waste is produced every year? E-waste, also known as electronic waste, is what’s produced when devices like TVs, computers, and cell phones are thrown away. Buying refurbished electronics from places like Back Market can help alleviate some of this waste while giving you huge cost savings. 

Support sustainable businesses  

Whether you're looking to get clothes or skincare, there are plenty of brands out there prioritizing both sustainability and quality. Companies like EarthHero, For DaysPela Case, Krave Beauty, Oliver Space, and Back Market are some of our favorites!

Switch to a climate-friendly bank 

As 2023 rolls around, make sure you're putting your money where your (climate-friendly) mouth is! Do some research into where you bank and invest to make sure you're not indirectly supporting fossil fuels with your money. 

Get around by bike or scooter 

Not only is it fun, but it's rewarding! With rentable bikes and electric scooters popping up in cities around the U.S., it's easier than ever to take advantage of this fun and affordable way of getting around town. Plus, e-bikes offer a fun and speedy way to get to your destination. Check out some of our favorite picks here

Switch to renewable energy 

Ring in the New Year with a new energy source! Installing solar panels on your home is not only good for the environment, but can save the average American family $1,500 per year on electricity costs. While you're at it, check out some ways to improve your home's energy efficiency to save cash and carbon. 

Ride public transit more 

Did you know that emissions from transportation account for 27% of all emissions in the United States? Changing how you get around can make a huge difference in your carbon footprint. If you can utilize buses or trains for your commute, you should. 

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