Happy New Year and welcome to a new decade! We hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year and are feeling excited about the year ahead.
With a new year, comes New Year’s Resolutions and instead of going for the boring (and impossible) ones like giving up chocolate, we want to encourage you to think about setting an eco-friendly New Year’s Resolution, or what we like to call a New Year’s Eco-Intention. There are so many small and big steps that you can integrate into your 2020 to help make a positive impact to the world around you.
We’ve curated some ideas to help you:
1. Cook from Scratch
Aim to buy fresh produce, ideally from places that have minimal or zero packaging, like your local market or a zero waste store, then meal prep and cook from scratch. If you make meals in bulk you can take leftovers to lunch, and save yourself some money, and reduce your packaging footprint.
2. Swap to Clean Skincare
Try swapping out your skincare and cosmetics for organic, vegan and natural products. We recommend By Sarah London, Evolve Organic Beauty, Beauty Kitchen and Content Beauty for everything you could need. Lots of cosmetics have chemicals in them, which are then washed down the drain, not to mention into your skin and bloodstream. Clean beauty brands are also working on their packaging footprint, avoiding plastic and making their product reusable.
3. Support Conscious Brands
If you find yourself needing something for yourself or a gift for someone else, think about supporting a conscious brand. With a little bit of research, you can find conscious brand for your needs. If you need help, Eco-Age and Good On You feature verified brands that you can trust.
4. Hang Your Laundry to Dry
Hanging freshly washed products out to line dry not only extends their life but it reduces energy use and cuts down your costs. Air drying your clothes can reduce the average household’s carbon footprint by 2,400 pounds a year. We have some Earth Friendly Care tips here if you need some help.
5. Swap Your Cleaning Products to Eco-Friendly Versions
Many household cleaning products rank among the most toxic everyday substances to which people are exposed. Not only do they seep into your skin and waterways, they can give off fumes making the air in your home polluted. There are lots of different eco-friendly options on the market, that will work to do the job just as well. We like Tincture, Method, Ecover and Delphis.
6. Give Up Wet Wipes and Face Wipes
Baby wipes, cosmetic wipes, bathroom cleaning wipes and wet wipes are not recyclable and are not flushable either, even though some labels say they are, which means that they all end up in landfill. Instead opt for reusable cloths, such as organic cotton muslin cloths, which you can wash and use time and time again.
7. Keep a Zero-Waste Kit in your Bag
This includes a reusable water bottle, a tote bag, cutlery and a reusable coffee cup. You will drastically reduce your everyday waste, and many companies offer discounts to people who bring along reusable containers, so you will save yourself some money too!
8. Start a Compost Bin
Approximately 1/3 of all food produced in the world is wasted and if sent to landfill, won’t necessarily decompose because waste lies stagnant in landfill sites where the vital oxygen that is needed to facilitate the decaying process cannot reach it. Starting a compost bin is really easy and has lots of environmental benefits, including improving the quality of soil and minimising waste.
9. Save Meat for the Weekends, If At All
Raising cattle and other livestock to meet the levels of overconsumption around the world has drastic effects on the environment. Try going meat-free or as meat-free as possible, we love taking inspiration from chefs such as Max La Manna, Rachel Ama and Melissa Hemsley.
10. Ditch Cling Film
As a single use plastic, cling film contributes to the staggering level of waste in our oceans and landfills. There are a multitude of alternatives available, meaning you will never need cling film again. Try using beeswax wraps, tupperware you might have or you can even use a plate to cover a bowl of food.