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The countdown to New Year’s Day has already started, which means there are only a few days left to write your resolutions list! You probably selected a few habits you’d like to start, but don’t forget to include some green habits too!
If you’re planning to start a sustainable lifestyle, what could be better than having some eco-friendly New Year’s resolutions? Start the year off on the right foot and take care of the environment too!
In this article, you will find 10 eco-friendly New Year’s resolutions for 2021! These easy ideas will help you go green and zero waste next year!
Avoid Single-Use Plastics
Although plastic products are useful, most of the time they aren’t recycled. Because of that, around 8 million tonnes of plastics enter the oceans every year! But what’s worse, that’s a small number when compared to the total amount of plastics already there!
The most common plastics in the ocean are the disposable ones, such as straws, cups, bottles, cutlery, and bags. So, you should avoid these products!
You can replace single-use plastics with reusable options, like stainless steel straw, reusable bag, bamboo cutlery, and so on. You can set a goal of replacing one item per month!
Try Plant-based Dishes
Believe it or not, what you decide to eat can make a big difference in the environment. In particular, reducing your meat consumption could be a green habit. This is because meat production contributes to deforestation and requires large amounts of water.
Moreover, it’s responsible for 14.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions!
If you want to try an interesting New Year’s resolution, why don’t you try some plant-based recipes next year? It will help you reduce your meat consumption and you will enjoy delicious dishes. You can even start Meatless Mondays!
If you’re already planning to exercise more next year, what about walking and biking instead of driving? These activities are great for your health and the environment! If you’re going somewhere near your house, don’t drive!
On the contrary, if you need to travel a long distance, try to take public transportation or carpool when possible. Remember that more cars on the road mean more greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere! For that reason, driving less is a great New Year’s resolution to reduce your carbon footprint!
You might be thinking that there’s nothing wrong with discarding some veggie scraps because they’re biodegradable. Well, if you send them to landfills they will rot and produce methane, a greenhouse gas more potent than carbon dioxide!
Besides, veggie scraps and lawn trimmings are a great source of nutrients that will be wasted in landfills. Instead, you can give composting a try and make nutrient-rich soil for your plants!
You could also find out if there’s food waste collection in your area or compost bins at your local farmers’ market!
Plan Your Grocery Shopping
When you go food shopping, it’s easy to end up buying lots of things that you will forget to use. There are lots of options and you can get inspired to prepare delicious dishes with them. Then, you put them in your fridge and when you decide to use them: they have spoiled!
If you waste food, you’re also wasting all the resources used to create it. That’s why it’s important to prevent food waste. A simple resolution is planning your dishes before going food shopping. With this, you will know what ingredients you need to prepare your foods and you will prevent waste!
Use Natural and Non-toxic Products
Most household products and cosmetics contain toxic chemicals that are harmful to the environment. Likewise, some ingredients are linked to health diseases and risks, such as poisoning, skin irritation, breast cancer, and more. Therefore, you could replace toxic products with eco-friendly options!
The good news is that you can find a wide variety of natural and non-toxic products. These options will work as good as conventional products, but they’re better for your health and the environment!
Support Local Businesses
Now, more than ever, local businesses need your support. So, the next time you need to buy something, you could shop at local stores. This resolution is great for you, your community, and the environment!
Besides supporting the local economy, you would also reduce the greenhouse gas emissions and packaging from transportation! Additionally, if you shop at local grocery stores and at local farmers' market, you will get fresh food!
Buy Second-hand Items
Usually, useful things end up in landfills when they could have been donated or repaired. Second-hand shopping gives a second chance to useful things and prevents them from ending up as waste in landfills!
If you want to make eco-friendly purchases and save money, you should visit second-hand stores. These stores have unique items at good prices. You can find clothes, jewellery, furniture, toys, ornaments, books, and more!
Make Every Drop of Water Count
Nowadays, there are several places around the world suffering from water scarcity. Yet, some people take water for granted. If you want to go green in 2021, you should use water consciously. Remember that water is an essential resource for life!
There are several things you can do to save water in your house. For example, you can collect water from rinsing your vegetables to water your plants. But more importantly, never run water continuously if you’re not using it!
Carbon Offset Your Flights
Are you already planning your next trip? If you’re going to travel by plane in 2021, don’t forget to carbon offset your flight! Carbon offsetting is a way to compensate for the emissions of your flight.
Simply put, you pay a fee to support environmental projects like reforestation and carbon removal technologies. With this, you make your flight a little more “eco-friendly”. That said, if you can travel by train, go for that option instead!
You can try some of these eco-friendly New Year’s resolutions and inspire others to join you!
Hopefully 2021 will be much better than 2020, and on that note..
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year To Everyone From The Zero Zen Team