Make sustainability a New Year’s resolution
Happy New Year everyone and welcome to the 2020s! If the 2010s was when sustainability broke through as an issue, the 2020s are going to be when it becomes mainstream. With that in mind I wanted to share five really easy hints and tips that you can adopt as New Year’s resolutions today to be that much more sustainable. I’ll be adding to these in the coming weeks so keep an eye out for more soon!
1. Be more sustainable on the go
Rather than use disposable items, carry around your own water bottle, coffee cup, cutlery and bag. Think how much plastic you’d avoid using just by doing this!
2. Eat more sustainably
You don’t have to go vegan to reduce the carbon footprint of your food. Start slowly and try and have one meat or dairy free day a week and take it from there. Or if you want to take it a step further you could try Veganuary. There are loads of recipes available on the Veganuary website.
3. Make your wardrobe go further
Try and reduce the amount of clothing you buy. Limit purchases to what you need or have a ‘one in one out’ policy where you remove an item from your wardrobe (recycle the fabric or donate the item to charity).
4. Watch the packaging on food
When grocery shopping, think about whether there is a packaging-free option, or at the very least one with as little packaging as possible. Bulk food stores and markets are great places to buy products that aren’t wrapped in plastic. And please recycle what packaging you do have!
5. Go packaging free in the bathroom
If you take a look in a typical bathroom, you’ll likely see any number of different products all in plastic containers. There are some great options for packaging free products these days, for a start try Lush and their range of shampoo and conditioner bars, as well as a closed loop for the packaging of their other products.
I hope those tips are a helpful start to your sustainability journey for 2020 and I’d love to here any other tips you have!