Planet 100: 5 Basic Green Resolutions for a New Year (Video)

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The champagne has been popped and the confetti has, hopefully, been cleaned up but that doesn't mean it's too late to make some serious green resolutions for the new year.

Whether you're looking to shrink the footprint of your closet, your cubicle, your plate, or your community, Planet 100 has some simple advice to put into practice in 2011.

5. Swap Clothes

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Clothes swaps are a great way to recycle and reuse unwanted items and acquire a whole new wardrobe without spending a dime.

What better way to start off the new year than by cleaning out your wardrobe and organizing a clothes swap. Feel good about not contributing to the manufacture of new clothing and donate anything that's leftover to charity. It's a win, win win.

Read more about clothes swaps:
Fashion Swapping Spikes As Clothing Sales Drop - Two Ways to Start
Swap Some Clothes, Help Save Someone's Life. Seriously
5 Strategies for Throwing the Perfect Clothing Swap

4. Save Paper

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The average American uses approximately one 100-foot-tall Douglas fir tree in paper products per year. Here's how to slash that statistic.

Peruse ebooks over tree books, read newspapers online, opt out of unwanted catalogues and junk mail, request electronic bank and utility statements, limit paper towel usage and if you must buy paper products, choose those with recycled content.

Read more about going paperless:
Being Pushed Towards a Paperless Existence? Not As Green As We Might Think
10 Tips for a Clutter-Free, Paperless Existence
Go (Almost) Paperless in Your Home School: The Elementary School Years
Go Text Yourself: 8 Ways to Save Paper with Your Phone

3. Go Vegetarian

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Do good for the planet and for your health by limiting your intake of meat and fish.

When we eat fish, we are not only depleting the ocean of fish, we're ingesting a ton of mercury at the same time. Same goes for meat: Over consumption is not only bad for our health but factory farming is resource intensive and can be detrimental to the environment.

Read more about vegetarianism:
Vegetarian Diet Could Cut Climate Change Mitigation Costs by 70%
How to Become a Vegetarian
Try a Weekday Vegetarian Diet: Eat Green Food without Taking the Plunge

2. Ditch Plastic

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It pollutes the land and fouls the sea—it's the modern day affliction that sticks around long, long time—plastic.

Resolve to simple say no to plastic. Stop buying plastic bottles and carry a reusable bottle instead, use a canvas bag instead of a plastic one and shop at farmers markets rather than supermarket for fruit and vegetables free of plastic film.

Read more about ditching plastic:
Live a Plastic-free Year
How Plastic-Free Living is Done: An Interview with Beth Terry from Fake Plastic Fish
4 Challenges to Reduce Plastic Pollution

1. Take Action

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In at number one, don't just think green, act green. Acting upon your convictions can make the world a better place.

Volunteer with an organization that specializes in environmental protection, educate yourself with workshops and seminars, donate to charities that are helping to better the planet or vote to ensure your elected officials are held accountable to your community and the planet.

Read more about taking action:
Want a Chevy Volt? Take Action to Prepare Your Community (Video)
How to Go Green: Volunteerism
How to Write Your Elected Officials
Read more about making resolutions:
10 Easy, Green New Year's Resolutions for the Eco-Slacker
25 New Year's Resolutions for Going Green in 2010 Anytime
13 Green New Year's Resolutions to Make a Real Difference (Slideshow)
Give Something Back in the New Year

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