Sustainable Habits for 2017

While each morning that we wake can be an impetus for change and growth, there is something special about a whole new year. Let’s take this new day, month, and year by storm and truly commit to our beliefs. We choose the way we want to live. Here are some ideas about how to live in tune with our earth:

Shop Local! Here are some of our favorite locally grown, sustainably made, and ethically conscious businesses in our own community!

Brookline Grown
A local food store located in the heart of Coolidge Corner, selling everything from Green Line Growers greens to Clear Flour bread and 4A Roasters coffee beans. Everything in the store is made in Massachusetts, and mostly within a 10-mile radius!

Brookline Winter Farmers’ Market
Stay warm and enjoy the local wonders of the Brookline Farmers Market indoors! Check out the winter market at the Arcade Building in Coolidge Corner each Sunday 11A – 3PM Nov – April!

Leaf Boutique
Providing the Brookline community with beautiful vintage jewelry and ethical clothing for over 20 years. This shop is filled with one-of-a-kind finds that will make your closet shine.

Wild Goose Chase
This Brookline boutique has been introducing American-made, finely crafted items to the community since 1977.

Good news! No need to spend in order to make an impact-- here are some great ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle in your everyday life:

Do you have any pairs of socks that are out of commission due to a small hole or two? Rather than throwing them out and purchasing new pairs, consider mending a stitch or two in those socks and giving them new life. Five minutes of stitching time and your feet are back in business!

Coffee and tea lovers alike can make their morning cup sustainable with a reusable tumbler. The CCY management staff can’t get enough of our YETIs. These super durable and perfectly sized mugs have become our best commuting companions!

There are such easy ways to make an impact. Sometimes it is the culminations of our small actions which nourish the earth and inspire others to do the same. When you go shopping, bring a reusable bag. (It’s hard to remember and organize, but take a mindfulness moment to reflect on the trees that birthed our paper bags.)

Try two wheels instead of four. Not only do your lungs get some devotion and exercise, but you can arrive at your destination knowing you aided the planet in our collective journey to healing, growth, and forward momentum. Biking, rollerblading, or scootering (!) is an adventure in empowerment and fun. Go outside and embrace the wind on your cheeks. Feel the hug of the earth.