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Our Green Living New Year’s Resolutions

A new year is a chance to start new, exciting goals.

The interesting thing about resolutions is that they can be started anytime, but there’s something special about the start of a new year that really encourages us to try them out now.

Instead of going the regular route with new year’s resolutions, we wanted to share our environmentally friendly resolutions for 2023. As a company that believes in being kind to the planet with our seed paper products, we also try to help the Earth in our daily actions as well.

Why make sustainability resolutions?

Because now is the time to take action and it’s the small changes that you build upon that make the biggest difference. We already know our climate is changing and that we need to reduce our emissions and stay under a 1.5C temperature change to avoid climate disaster but if everyone adopted one green action in their life, that’s 8 billion sustainable actions! (source: ScienceAdvances)

Here are some green living resolutions for 2023 from our team at Botanical PaperWorks to inspire you

Heidi (CEO) – “I’m currently working on getting really clear with local recycling rules so that I know for sure I’m not recycling things that can’t be recycled. I’m using the Winnipeg recycling app for help.”
Al (Production Manager) – “I live 3kms away and I plan to walk more in 2023. It saves emissions and helps me stay in shape so it’s a win-win! I also have plans to implement new systems that will help Botanical PaperWorks reuse water so we can reduce our water consumption.”
Rachel (Senior Customer Service Representative) – “I just moved out of the city so I’ll have to be driving farther to come into Winnipeg.  With that, I know we want to combine trips to make one big trip rather than smaller ones. We also want to find new local stores to shop at because we like to support local businesses, especially in smaller towns to keep the community thriving. Doing both of these will save the amount of gas that we need to use, so it’s cheaper and better for the environment.”
Kelly (Design & Marketing Manager) – “I recently moved into my first so house so I want to start composting. It’s something have always wanted to do and it’s important to me because I hate sending waste to the landfill when there is an easy alternative. I also plan to start growing my own herbs and veggies so having the compost for my garden beds is going to be wonderful. Eating at home is a great way to reduce and eating your garden is even better!”
Mary Grace (Papermaking & Assembly) – “My green resolution is to reduce buying online, upgrade to low-flow toilets, and continue recycling. Using less water, less stuff and recycling is something we should all do every day to help the environment.”
Everlyn (Papermaking Team Leader) – “When it’s possible, I will commit to walking instead of driving. This helps avoid adding pollution to our air and it saves money at the same time.”
Morgan (Customer Service Representative) – “I would like to plant a garden to reduce my carbon footprint! I’ve always wanted to start one, and the price of vegetables has gone up so high with the rising cost of a lot of things, so it’s a great way to save some extra money. Plus, having to drive to the store all the time for groceries is time-consuming. I already compost year-round so this would give me another excuse to put that fresh soil to use!”
Jean (Logistics Co-ordinator) – “For New Year’s, I want to focus on two things. First, I will use less plastic to reduce overall waste. I will try to reuse things that I have in my home that I haven’t in a while, such as using reusable bags instead of plastic ones. Reducing plastic lowers the chances of them ending up in our lakes, rivers, and oceans.
I also want to use less electricity. Turning off all the lights and electrical devices that I am not using will reduce the overall use of electricity in my household, helping out a little bit with climate change.”
Grace (Process Specialist) – “I would like to buy more second-hand in 2023. I already thrift a lot of clothes, however, I will likely be moving out on my own in 2023. Knowing that, I would like to buy second-hand household items such as furniture, dishes, mirrors and whatever else I can find – rather than buying them new.”

Feeling inspired to try one of these actions or a similar one in your life? No matter what action you choose, start simple, take it day-by-day and when you master it, add another action to your life. Before you know it, you will be living greener, making a difference to the world around you and it will feel like second nature (pun intended).

Cheers to a greener and happy 2023!

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