5 Eco-Friendly New Year’s Resolutions for 2019

December 26, 2018

As we approach the end of 2018, many of us start setting New Year’s resolutions. Instead of pledging to exercise more, lose weight or eat more healthily, why not try something new this year? Here are 5 eco-friendly resolutions we recommend to make this year one of the most rewarding yet.

1) Bring Your Own (Shopping bags & Water bottles)
Single-use plastics are damaging to the environment and takes a long time to break down. Bringing your own recycling bags and tumblers/water bottles is one of the easiest and most effective ways of reducing your carbon footprint. Get into the habit of treating your recycling bags and tumblers/water bottles like your keys or your wallet. Make it a point to carry it around with you every time you leave the house! 

2) Buy Less, avoid fast fashion 
Fast-fashion outlets are changing trends quicker than ever before, so as to generate more sales. The results, clothes that are not made to last and clothes that are going out of style sooner, leading to more clothes ending up in the bins. This year, consider whether you need any new clothes at all, and if so, only buy what you need. Everytime you go clothes shopping, remind yourself to choose high-quality materials and timeless styles that won’t go out of fashion so they will last.

3) Avoid cosmetics and toiletries with microbeads 
Microbeads are small, plastic particles that do not dissolve in water. As it is so small, the microbeads are not filtered by water treatment plants and are often flushed into rivers and seas, causing havoc to marine life and can make their way into the human food chain. It is a common ingredient used in toothpaste, face and body scrubs, to improve their exfoliating or cleansing abilities. Avoid using and buying products that have microbeads in them.

4) Reduce food waste
A huge amount of food produced in the world is discarded or wasted for various reasons. Plan a list of items that you need to buy before going grocery shopping. This will help to reduce impulse buying and reduce food waste. 

5) Reduce wish-cycling, start recycling the right way 
Wish-cycling is used to describe the act of throwing something non-recyclable into the recycling bin because you think you are doing the right thing. The non-recyclables might cause clean recyclables to be contaminated, thereby causing an entire load of recyclables to have to be sent to the incineration plants instead. Common contaminants (non-recyclable) found in recycling bins are pizza boxes, tissue papers, and coffee cups. Start small by being more mindful of what you put into the recycling bin! 

This year, it’s time to step out of your comfort zone and make a resolution to start recycling! These small changes in your everyday life would have a great impact on our planet. 

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