New Year’s Resolutions 2014: Go Green, One Step at a Time

New Year’s resolutions don’t have to be all about you every year. After all, with so many successful ventures over the years–getting into shape, saving more money, living healthier–we know you are practically perfect already, right?!

This year, try a resolution that will help to make the world a better place. We’re inspired by holistic health and wellness coach Sara Jane Mercer’s green resolution:

“Up until recently, we went through rolls and rolls of paper towels each week. I would use them for everything. Even for tasks that a sponge could handle better,” says Sara Jane. “This year I resolve to stop using paper towels at home. Not only will it help the environment, but it will save us money. Since we live in a New York apartment it will be nice to not give up so much storage space to tons of paper towels. Instead of disposable paper towels I will use sponges and washable rags to clean up household spills. It’s an easy tradeoff that will make a big difference.”

Sure, it may seem like a drop in the bucket of the environmental problems we face, but Mercer puts it into perspective and makes this baby step resolution impactful: “Approximately 3,000 tons of paper towels end up in landfills every year. That’s a lot of trees.”