Think Sustainability in 2022December 16, 2021
We all like to make New Year’s resolutions. Not only can they help keep us focused on improving ourselves, but they can also inspire us to make real change.
This year, when making your list of resolutions, add a few that don’t only benefit yourself. By making small changes to the way you drive, shop, and even throw out your trash, you can help make an impact that everyone can feel.
It’s time to shift your attention to a few resolutions that look at how we can better the world around us.
How you drive and what gas you use
Cars are guilty of releasing harmful chemicals into the air. It’s a part of their functionality, but it’s not one we have to ignore. You can make small changes to how you drive, and be more conscious of where you fill up with gas, to reduce the impact of your tailpipe emissions.
When it comes to driving:
- Turn off your car when waiting for curbside delivery.
- Plan efficient routes to run errands so you’re in your car less.
- When drive-thrus are long, opt to park and walk inside instead of idling.
Each small step cuts back on the amount of time your car is on, which means fewer emissions coming from your tailpipe.
To support these minor adjustments, you can also shop smart when it comes to gasoline. Not every pump does its part to reduce the impact of carbon dioxide emissions from your car, but Short Stop does. We’re working to offset a portion of your CO2 emissions every time you fill up at our stations by investing in certified carbon reduction projects.
Simply fill up with Short Stop gas and we’ll offset up to 30 percent of your car’s emissions. To date, the Short Stop Grow program has offset more than 16.4 million gallons of gas, totaling 7,000 metric tons of carbon. Your resolution to fill up with Short Stop gas has an impact!
What you do in your backyard
Setting a New Year’s resolution that takes you outside is always a good thing. We thrive in nature. Fresh air does us good. What’s even better is when you find that perfect shady spot under a tree, or get to harvest your own vegetable garden to prepare dinner.
Adding trees and plants to your backyard has so many benefits. Some even do their part to pull carbon dioxide out of the air. One mature tree can actually absorb close to 48 pounds of carbon dioxide per year, so the more the merrier.
Even if you can’t add a tree to your landscape, setting aside a plot for a vegetable garden helps you eat locally, and spend less time driving to the grocery store for food. Less driving also equals less CO2 emissions. It’s also incredibly rewarding to eat something you grew yourself.
In addition to offsetting car emissions, Short Stop is also heading out into nature to plant more trees. While it takes time for them to grow to their full carbon-sequestering potential, trees do so much. Their shade and beauty benefit the entire community. To date, we’ve planted 1,400 trees, but that number won’t stay small for long. Short Stop Grow is working with Arbor Day Foundation to fulfill our pledge of planting 5,000 trees in the local community.
Sustainability resolutions don’t end out of the home
Setting New Year’s resolutions around your car and your backyard are two great places to start in the area of sustainability, but don’t discount the things you can do indoors.
Watch those utilities
Think about every time you walk out of a room in your home and forget to turn out the light. Or what about that really long shower you accidentally took the other day? Using more energy and water than you actually need is not thinking sustainably.
A few quick changes can help you use less of both. Some good ideas include:
- Turning off the lights when you leave the room, even if you’ll be back in a little bit.
- Using energy-efficient light bulbs.
- Unplugging electronics when they’re not in use.
- Taking shorter showers.
- Running full loads only in both the dishwasher and washing machine.
- Adjusting the thermostat one degree down in winter and one degree up in summer.
Compost what you can
You can also look at how you throw out your trash when thinking sustainably. Maybe this is the year you set up that composting bin. By turning food waste into compost, you’re putting less into the trash can and creating usable materials for your newly-planted garden to enrich the soil.
Pick your packaging
While on the subject of trash, this may also be the year you try to buy less plastic. By looking at the packaging of all your favorite foods, and leaning toward options that come in recyclable or biodegradable packaging, you’re taking control of your trash. You’re throwing out less that will sit forever in landfills and finding your favorite foods in sustainable containers instead.
What are your 2022 New Year’s resolutions?
Broadening the scope of your New Year’s resolutions can mean making an impact that goes beyond yourself. At Short Stop, we work to that end each time you pump a gallon of our gas. Doing something good for the community is very important to us, and we hope you’ll consider it an important goal for yourself as well as we head into the new year.