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Reducing Your Impact: A Guide to New Year's Resolutions for 2010

Now's the time to set those New Year's resolutions. And hopefully we will all strive to be smarter and greener in our daily decisions.

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Be small-minded
It can pretty hard for most of us to see how buying something like refurbished electronics or vintage clothing would do anything to help combat something as big and confusing as climate change. But the incredible thing is that is exactly what's happening. The amount of used laptops that were bought on eBay instead of new ones in stores in one year, for example, was the environmental equivalent of taking almost 12,000 cars off the road, according to the research firm Cooler and the EPA. It's incredibly inspiring to think of the power of our small actions aggregating to make a substantial difference in the world.

So, the next time you see that canvas bag staring at you as you walk out the door for the grocery store, pick it up. Next time you have to buy a new pair of jeans, get a pair of vintage ones. Next time you have a chance to carpool to work, do it. It's the smallest of actions that can have the biggest significance of all.

 
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