As this year comes to a close, we’re looking for new ways we can reduce our impact on the environment. From walking more to switching up our shopping habits, there are loads of ways to be more environmentally-friendly in the new year. Check out our top 10 eco-friendly new year’s resolutions here…
1. Stop using toxic household cleaners
…And replace them with eco-friendly or homemade alternatives instead! Cleaners that contain chemicals like ammonia, toluene and chlorine can be harmful when absorbed through the skin or breathed in. But where to start? Instead of buying store-bought cleaners, you could try making them yourself. Vinegar, baking powder and lemon are all great natural cleaners. Not ready to make them to take the plunge yet? We’ve got a great selection of natural cleaning products here.
2. Hang your clothes to dry
January is a tough time of year to start this one out, with many places facing super cold climates. But even just picking up a small indoor drying rack and using it for one load a week can help save a lot of energy and reduce your carbon footprint. Plus, it’ll help your clothes last longer!
3. Ditch the car
Walking and cycling, in particular, aren’t only easier on the planet, but they’re also a fab way to add in some extra fitness to your day. Challenge yourself to a car-free day, or even try to walk or bike everywhere you can travel by foot in less than an hour. Walking and cycling creates no emission, uses no resources and keeps you fit and healthy. And if all that doesn’t sway your opinion - you will save money while helping save the environment. By walking and cycling more, you are also taking cars off the road that would otherwise cause congestion and pollution.
Not a fan of any of these options? Even carpooling is helpful because that’s one less person on the road using fuel
4. Say ‘no’ to fast fashion
Disposable fashion is really taking its toll on the environment. This year, you could try to slow down your fashion. Choose to buy garments at higher quality, made from more sustainable processes, less often. Choose to shop in smaller (local) stores rather than huge chain enterprises, buy locally sourced products, and check pre-loved items from charity shops and online marketplaces like Facebook, eBay or Depop. This will stop the waste of resources in manufacturing, cuts down the transport costs and carbon cost of the supply chain too. Less clothes being transported means less emissions and trucks on the road.
5. Bring your own water bottle
Did you know that a million plastic bottles are purchased every minute around the world and only 9% of plastic is recycled? While drinking a lot of water is a good thing, we have to keep an eye on what type of water we actually drink. Buying a bottle of water can be convenient, but each bottle we buy harms our environment. This year, grab your reusable water bottle and actually remember to keep it on you.
6. Remember your reusable shopping bags
Plastic bags are difficult to recycle and also has a very low recycling rate. Beyond sitting in landfills because they’re lightweight they’re easily carried by the wind into nature. Most of us have reusable grocery bags, but for some reason, we just can’t remember to get them to the store. This year, let’s on a schedule and stick to us.
7. Eat in-season
Everything you buy has a footprint, so try to choose products that have been sustainably sourced. Buying seasonally produced food supports your local agricultural economy but it also helps the environment by cutting down on the packaging, transport and high-intensity farming process needed for out of season foods. Seasonal food is also cheaper too – it’s a win win!
8. Cut the beef!
One of the most important changes you can make to the environment is changing your diet. The production of meat and dairy products is one of the major causes of greenhouse gas emissions. So why not cut out meat from your diet and have a more carbon-friendly dinner.
9. Use natural cosmetics
Conventional cosmetics contain harmful carcinogens and ingredients such as parabens, talc, and polyethylene. Parabens alone have been linked to breast cancer and may even affect fertility. You can imagine what these chemicals do to the environment. But don’t worry, we’ve got your back! Check out our natural cosmetics here.
10. Reduce your plastic use
Plastic is absolutely everywhere, and it can be hard to completely cut out plastic. But lots of items are avoidable and there are some fantastic alternatives around, like beeswax wraps, compostable bin liners or even coconut-based cleaning products. Want some inspiration? Check out our plastic-free collection.
Got any other ideas or tips for ways you can reduce your impact on the environment and be more eco-friendly in the new year? Comment below with your tips!