Feeling Inspired to Make Changes This New Year?
Every year it's the same situation: Christmas is over, the New Year rolls in and conversation turns to resolutions. There are the obvious ones, 'be healthier', 'exercise more'. But by the middle of February, 86% of New Year's Resolutions have already failed. So, what can we do to avoid this? Why not this year, choose a resolution that will not only help you feel better about yourself, but also feel better about your planet? We've drawn up a list of eco-friendly 'Mini Resolutions' that will make all the difference to our planet.
Choose Reusable Bags
Since the 1950s, approximately 8.3 billion tons of plastic have been produced worldwide and only 9% of that has been recycled. As a result of this, our planet is suffering. If we do not drastically reduce our plastic consumption, by 2050, the oceans will contain more plastic than fish by weight. Choosing a reusable bag removes our reliance on single use, plastic bags. We offer a great Reusable Shopping Bag, with a shoulder strap designed for that extra bit of comfort. It's perfect for grocery runs and day trips, it also makes a perfect beach, carry-on or picnic bag.
We’ve all done it; you go to unplug something but leave the plug socket on. A simple flick of a switch takes no effort and makes a world of difference. Another big one, make sure to turn your computer off when it’s not in use. It is important that your computer is set to go to sleep or power down when not in use. If you plan to take a short break and go back to using your computer, allow it to hibernate rather than display a screen saver, which is a big energy waster. Reducing energy use in our homes saves us money, increases our energy security, and reduces the pollution that is emitted from non-renewable sources of energy.
Don’t Waste Food
Did you know that 7.3 million tonnes of food are wasted in the UK every year? This year, think carefully about your weekly food shop, does any of it go to waste? If you do have leftovers or perishables, why not try composting? Composting food rather than putting it in the bin makes a world of difference. Not only will this help create a natural fertiliser and keep your garden green, it will also reduce the amount of waste going to landfills.
Reduce Water Use
We all use water for drinking, washing, cleaning, cooking, and growing food—making it our most precious resource for survival. And we only have a finite amount. Of all the water on earth, only 3% is freshwater, and only 0.5% of that freshwater is suitable as drinking water. Failing to conserve water can eventually lead to a lack of an adequate, healthy water supply, which can have drastic consequences in rising costs, reduced food supplies, health hazards, and political conflict. This new year, try and reduce your shower time to five minutes. A simple swap like that plays an important part in preserving our environment.
Delete Old Emails
Each time we use our email, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Whatsapp, we consume data, and all this data is stored on servers. Basically, the more data we access and store, the more servers we need (and servers consume electricity). Did you know that deleting 30 e-mails can save the equivalent of a low energy light bulb left on for a day? Little changes, such as clearing out your emails this new year, really can make a difference.
Tao Te Ching said that “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. Choose a resolution this year that is not only easy to implement, but really beneficial for our planet. It may feel like a simple step, but it could be the first towards living sustainably, for yourself and the planet.
Happy New Year!