Environmentally friendly New Year’s Resolutions
This year, think of the environment before making those resolutions
Have you already made your New Year’s Resolutions? Make it a point to put the environment first this year and make a few changes to your lifestyle. Little or large, any effort counts! Here are a few suggestions of New Year Resolutions that benefits you and best yet, benefit the environment too.
Cut down on your meat consumption because there’s growing evidence that meat production contributes to climate change because of the methane that livestock produce. Methane is a greenhouse gas which causes global warming. Did you know that every one kilogram of meat protein requires the same amount of energy to produce between three to 10 kilograms of vegetable protein?
There’s no need to go completely vegetarian unless you really want to. Go meatless at least once a week then increase it to two or three days a week. It’s better for the environment and increases your intake of fruits and vegetables!
Bring your own cup
Say no to take away cups from coffee shops because a lot of these aren’t recyclable due to a lining of plastic. Bring a thermos or a collapsible silicone cup to take away your coffee. This also prevents more paper cups from ending up in a landfill and mouldering away, creating greenhouse gases.
Buy local or grow your own veggies
Choose vegetables grown locally or ones that are in season when you do your next grocery shop. Conversely, what better way to obtain fresh fruits and vegetables than growing your own? Of course, we don’t mean you should have an orchard of fruits and rows and rows of vegetables, but growing lettuce hydroponically, garlic and spring onions in a little pot, and others can help the earth. This lessens the need to buy vegetables that are flown in or transported by truck, all of which have major carbon footprints.
Shop for clothes wisely
Fast fashion is a major contributor to fabric waste which ends up filling landfills globally. Think once, twice, thrice before buying a piece of clothing. Do you need it just for special occasions or can you see yourself wearing it a few times? Is it made of a material that is biodegradable such as cotton? The upside to buying clothes wisely is also less clutter in your home and less laundry to do!
Take Public Transport
Commuting to work via public transport is better for the environment and also for your health! Walking from the train or bus station to your office gets your body moving and since it’s early in the day, you won’t get too hot and bothered. In addition to being environmentally friendly, public transport eliminates the need to look for parking, reduce road accidents and also saves money.
Bring your own bag
Bringing your own reusable bag to the grocery store means not paying the 20 cents charge for a plastic bag and there’s one or two less plastic bags going into the environment! Besides, reusable bags that are made from canvas can be washed in the washing machine to prevent the spread of bacteria which could make you sick.
Go green at home
Slowly change up your cleaning routine at home starting with the chemicals you use. A lot of cleaning solutions contain ingredients that could harm the environment.
Choose greener solutions such as making your own stain remover with salt, lemon juice and bicarbonate of soda. Make a paste of this and scrub away. To remove smells from the refrigerator, fill an old container with coffee beans and punch some holes on the top then leave it to do its job.
Bicarbonate of soda and heated vinegar works a treat as a drain cleaner as it fizzles its way through the pipes and loosens the grime that’s causing any issues. Just flush afterwards to remove the sour smell of the vinegar and it’ll be good as new. This reduces the need of using drain clearing solutions that pollute the environment.