The impact that human activity is having on the planet and our natural resources is now inescapable and, no doubt, there are many of you out there keen to start living more sustainably and more eco-consciously.
It can feel quite overwhelming at times but the key is to start with small steps and before you know it, you’ll have taken lots of leaps and be thinking even bigger where your sustainability goals are concerned. Remember - going zero waste is a journey and it can’t be done in a day.
The start of a new year is always a wonderful time to think about adopting new habits or making a few changes here and there. They don’t have to be big changes, even the smallest can have a big impact - so here are a couple of eco-friendly new year’s resolutions you might want to think about making in 2021.
If you know you throw a lot of single-use items away and want to start here, invest in a range of different reusable products and before you know it, you’ll have created significantly less waste, as a result. There are all sorts of different items you can find, everything from wax cloth wraps for food and reusable bags to shampoo bars and stainless steel water bottles.
Give up meat and dairy
This is quite a big one so perhaps don’t tackle it first, but one of the best things you can do for the planet is give up meat and dairy. Farming creates both air and water pollution, while irrigation for crops to feed livestock uses a huge amount of water. Transportation of produce also creates emissions, while millions of tonnes of methane is produced by livestock.
Consider your commute
If you currently use your car to get to the office, why not see if there are other ways you could get there and back? This could involve car sharing, using public transport or even hopping on a bike and getting some exercise at the same time. See if your company is involved with a cycle to work scheme, as this could help you get your hands on a bike.
Grow your own
If you have the space, growing your own food is a great way to start living more sustainably - and learning a little something too. Instead of buying your herbs from the supermarket, wrapped in plastic, what about setting up some herb pots on your window sills? Raised beds and plant pots can be used outside if you don’t have space for a full garden.
Instead of using mains water for washing your car or even flushing your toilet, why don’t you set up a water butt or invest in a full system to harvest the rainwater that collects on your roof or goes down the drain pipes? This will help reduce pressure on dwindling water supplies, giving the environment a serious boost.