Happy New Year Day wonderful people! We are so excited to jump off the new year with many exciting things to come. With the New Year, comes New Years resolutions. People make so many different resolutions to bring in the new year. How about this new year we aim to make a few simple eco – friendly lifestyle changes as part of our resolutions.
Many people do not stick with their resolutions. They make the plan and then it falls through the cracks, but making simple lifestyle changes are super easy and lack much effort. The climate crisis is real and has many people trying to figure out how to lower their carbon footprint and live more sustainably. Even though everyday is a good day to make the change, the New Year is the perfect time to make changes for a better life. Here are some top tips to help you live a more eco – friendly and earth saving new year.
Reduce the use of Plastic
Plastic waste is a huge issue and paper is not any better. Any means of preventing the use of single use disposables is better for our environment. Plastic is not 100% preventable, but there are many things you can do to reduce your use of plastic. There are a few simple options you can do to prevent contributing to the plastic waste problem. Those things include bringing your own reusable items with you when on – the – go. Some reusable items include, but are not limited to shopping bags, produce bags, a water bottle, a tiffin or stainless steel lunchbox, utensils and cloth napkins.
Think before you buy
This one can be hard because so many of us get caught up in impulse buying. The best thing to do is to take a step back, think about what we are buying and be conscious of our decisions. Being conscious simply means to research and know about the products your buying and the brands that are selling them. Sustainability matters. The more sustainable and ethically sourced a product is, the better it is for our environment as a whole.
Being conscious about our purchases applies here as well. When it comes to our everyday food choices we must think about where it was grown and how far it traveled to get to us. Shop locally by supporting your local farmers. Getting to know your farmers gives you the chance to learn where your food comes from and how it is grown; organic or non organic.
For those who have local food readily available, but maybe not the resources to know that it is available, check out your local community billboards to see if anything is being advertised. Shop and eat what is in season. Produce that is in season is so much fresher. When you shop locally, you are not eating food that has traveled thousands of miles to get to you.
Unfortunately, some people live in food deserts and may not have access to local food. In an effort to be more resourceful, one simple change could be to grow your own food or introduce yourself to a neighbor whom might have their own backyard garden or start a community garden which would provide local food for everyone in the community.
We talk a lot about composting. Simply because it is a great eco – friendly alternative to throwing out kitchen scraps and other organic matter. When you throw food in the trash it ends up in the landfills. This is not a good thing because it takes a very long time to decompose and produces methane emission, which is super toxic and contributes to our global warming problem. Creating a compost system is a great way to reduce the amount of trash in your home. It also turns your produce and other organic matter into rich soil for planting.
Use less water
Using less water probably sounds impossible. If you think about all the water that is wasted from everyday use, I am sure minor changes can cut down on your water usage. Simple changes can be, taking shorter showers, not running the sink while washing your hands or brushing your teeth, and only use the dishwasher when its fully loaded; same for the laundry.
Detox your home
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. In an effort to live a more eco – friendly lifestyle, this change in our day to day is just as simple. You can incorporate more plants into your home and use non toxic cleaning solutions.
Certain plants are known for keeping your air clean and toxic free. With these plants you have a natural air purifier. Many of our home cleaning products have toxic chemicals in them. An easy fix to this is to make your own cleaning products. They are super easy to make and cheaper than buying store bought brands. The best part is, you only need a few small ingredients that you probably already have at home. Some of them include vinegar, water, rubbing alcohol, castile soap, and baking soda.
Cut down your electricity usage
This one can be a fun one to involve the kids by teaching them to turn off the lights whenever they leave a room. Other ways to save electricity are to keep the lights off during the day unless absolutely necessary, change your light bulbs to LED lights and setting your thermostat to the recommended temperature to save energy.
Use alternate transportation when possible
Taking other forms of transportation such as walking, biking, or riding public transportation ways you can lower your carbon footprint. If it is safe and a feasible option, would it hurt to take a few extra minutes to get to your destination? Anything to reduce the amount of gas will reduce the fuel demand which is ruining our ecosystem.
We hope this list has been useful and you strive to make these small changes in the New Year. Have a healthy, safe and prosperous New Year!