Motivational And Inspiring Ideas To Live A Greener Life
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As cliché as it may be, I rather enjoy the ”new year, new me” mantra, especially when it involves lifestyle changes that benefit the environment.
How we travel, what we eat, what we buy-they all determine the size of our carbon footprint.
So while some laugh at the thought (and even despise the idea) of New Year’s resolutions, I see it as a way of preparing a new mindset to make alterations to a current lifestyle.
Below are 10 ideas for New Year’s resolutions that will help jumpstart a journey to live more a more sustainable and eco-friendly lifestyle that helps fight climate change, saves marine life, and minimizes waste!
10 Eco-Friendly New Year’s Resolutions
Invest In Reusable Items
One of the easiest ways to ease into sustainable living is to make gradual plastic swaps throughout the year. Start with something simple like purchasing a reusable drinking straw, and go from there. Make a plan to swap an item or two out every month, and by the end of the year, you will have lowered your carbon footprint by a significant amount. Trying out a monthly subscription box full of sustainable products is also a fun and easy way to start green living.
Make Your Own Cleaning Products
Last year, one of my personal New Year’s resolutions for 2021 was to learn how to make my own all-natural cleaning products—and I met my goal. When you have children, you start to wonder about all the hazardous ingredients that are used in every day cleaning products—including laundry detergents, and you become determined to use safer alternatives.
Fill Your Home With Plants
The inside of your house is actually 3-5 times more polluted than the outdoors because there isn’t enough ventilation. And although studies show that houseplants don’t do much to filter toxins, they certainly do increase oxygen levels—which is very beneficial to have in bedrooms. If you’ve never owned a houseplant, start with a Pothos (those long vine looking plants). They’re easy to care for, and even easier to propagate!
Minimize Food Waste
A sustainable New Year’s resolution that should be on everyone’s list is learning how to minimize food waste. These days, fresh produce in the fridge often takes a back seat to fast food because we’re too tired to cook by the time we get home. As a result, whatever you have sitting around in your fridge eventually spoils and has to be tossed out. So make a goal to learn how to meal prep, freeze unused portions properly, and shop with a meal plan in mind.
Choose Sustainable Fashion Over Fast Trends
One of my New Year’s resolutions is to purge my closet, donate outdated clothing from fast fashion brands, and create a minimalist wardrobe with healthy, organic and sustainable fabric. When you shop sustainably, you’re supporting a small business that sources ethically made clothing, and you’re putting on organic fabric that’s hypoallergenic because it didn’t require the use of pesticides. So For 2022, make a goal to shop from a sustainable fashion brand each month, and watch your wardrobe and confidence transform! P.S. check out 337 Brand which has the cutest eco-friendly leisurewear for everyday that you will love!
Switch To Vegan Beauty Products
Make 2022 the year that you swap conventional beauty brands for vegan alternatives. A ton of beauty companies still resort to animal testing, which is cruel and unnecessary. Plus, many of the chemicals used in creating certain beauty products aren’t healthy for us to use. If you need some recommendations for vegan skincare and cosmetics brands, check out my sustainable brand directory!
Purchase Compostable Products
You won’t believe how many products are compostable these days! Stuff like phone cases, fashion accessories, utensils, mailing supplies, personal care products and more, are all available in compostable and biodegradable options. These plastic alternatives minimize landfill waste, save marine life, and are ultimately much healthier for you. So this year, strive to purchase more compostable items that are better for the environment!
Make Your Home More Energy Efficient
Make an effort to reduce your carbon footprint and utility bill at the same time, by making some mindful changes around your home. Swap out those energy draining light bulbs, conserve water, install a tankless water heater and maybe pop some solar panels onto your roof if you happen to be a home owner. Making gradual changes to your home will save you a considerable amount of money, and you’ll be reducing carbon dioxide emissions which contribute to climate change.
Take Care Of Your Physical Health
And by that I don’t mean lose weight (no body shaming in this New Year’s resolution). What I mean, when it comes to this particular goal, is that we must take care of our physical health by keeping toxins out of our bodies. So if you smoke, this can be the year that you commit to quitting. If you drink out of single-use plastic water bottles, you should switch to a reusable bottle and avoid all of the carcinogens that disposable bottles leach out. Be mindful of what you place into your body, and you’ll improve your overall health.
Declutter Your Home
Clutter affects our mental health—it overstimulates us, increases stress, makes it hard to focus, and makes us less productive. A cluttered home also forces us to spend more money because we can’t find items that we need; and that just leaves us with more junk because all we’re doing is buying duplicates. So this year, set a weekend aside each month, and focus on decluttering an area of your home that makes you feel overwhelmed. It’s a great way to reduce waste and stress! And if you don’t know where to begin, I recommend ”Decluttering Your Life” by Sabrina Godwin.
What are some of your sustainable lifestyle goals for the new year?