We’re on a mission to make the world greener, but we can’t do it without your help.
If you’re looking to do your part in living sustainably, making a new year resolution brings a fresh opportunity to make a change. New year resolutions have been a popular way for many to achieve their goals over the years, yet now more than ever sustainability should be at the forefront of our minds. There are lots of things you can do – from making small tweaks to your daily routine to getting involved in bigger projects – that can help ourselves and the planet.
The beauty of many sustainable choices are they can even be incorporated with your other resolutions. Want to eat healthier – try organic produce or want to become fitter – where possible, walk instead of drive. After all, walking for the environment surely helps to make it a more pleasurable experience!
All in all, we’ve rounded up some of the easiest, sustainable resolutions to help get you started to building a greener planet for 2022, one person at a time…
Why choose sustainable resolutions?
If the pandemic has taught us anything, it is that our collective behaviours have a huge impact on the environment. Throughout the peak of lockdown, major UK cities such as London, Birmingham, Bristol and Cardiff saw air pollution levels fall up to 50%. We finally got a glimpse of the air we might breathe in a low-carbon future. We have the power to all help if we just do our bit, it really is that simple!
New Year Resolution Ideas
1. Invest more time to reuse + recycle
While many of us already do our bit in recycling household waste, you may find that there is more to be done. Recycling can extend further from just waste management - to products such as clothes and other goods. Making swaps in your lifestyle are also super important, such as using reusable nappies if you have a little one. Tots Bots and Modern Cloth Nappies make stylish, eco-friendly reusables perfect for all sustainable households.
Lots of our littles one's products are limited to age and size meaning that in can be a huge contributor to landfill waste. Make sure if your items are still in good condition, they're given the second life they deserve.
Charities such as Stripey Stork are often looking for such donations of baby and parenting essentials.
2. Turn off lights in rooms that aren’t being used
This one is quick and simple. You may think leaving a light on uses minimal energy, but collectively this adds up. Turning off your lights help reduce the use of non-renewable resources that are harmful to our environment. You can also turn off your appliances to help reduce your carbon footprint and help save the planet.
3. Take reusable bags shopping
Since supermarkets introduced plastic bag fees, the UK has got pretty good at investing in reusable shopping bags. Whether it's a small tote, or big carrier, these bags are helping to pave the way towards less plastic pollution.
The PacaPod Pacsac reusable tote is a handy, lightweight accessory to make life easier for parents while on the go.
4. Swap the drive for a walk
Swapping the car for walking, cycling and e-biking even just one day a week makes a significant impact on personal carbon emissions. Transport, specifically car emissions are one of the predominant causes of greenhouse gases.
Research suggests that transport is responsible for 26% of greenhouse pollution. So, choosing to walk a short journey instead of travelling in a car can have significant advantages for the environment over a year.
5. Turn the tap off whilst brushing your teeth
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), just by turning off the tap while you brush your teeth in the morning and before bedtime, you can save up to 8 gallons of water! That adds up to more than 200 gallons a month.
6. Buy products with less packaging
There have been some major breakthroughs over the years with plastic-free packaging. Most Easter eggs for example, are now completely packaged plastic-free. At Natural Baby Shower we believe a product should be made sustainably, right from being manufactured, to arriving at your door. This is why our packaging is if fully recyclable where possible. Our larger items are shipped in fully recyclable cardboard boxes that can be both reused or recycled.
Many other businesses are also using refillable products. These are now becoming increasingly popular with many big brands offering these bulk items to cut down on one-time-use plastics. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for this alternatives in the supermarket aisle.
7. Refillable water bottles
Similar to plastic bags, single use plastic bottles have become a major contributor in the fight against plastic pollution. A 2020 report from International relief and development agency Tearfund, claims consumer brand Coca-Cola alone, was found to create 200,000 tonnes of plastic pollution – or around 8 billion bottles – that are burnt or dumped each year in 6 developing countries.
Using refillable bottles will help to reduce plastic waste, which currently creates emissions equivalent to 4.6 million tonnes of CO2 when burnt – the same as 2 million cars on UK roads a year.
The Liewood Neo Water bottle is perfect for little ones on the go and at home and to avoid spillages, the bottle features both a normal and sports lid, making it practical and eco-friendly too!
8. Put on extra layers instead of turning on the heating
You're either the family member who is turning up the thermostat or the one telling everyone to "put a jumper on!" Well, if you're the latter, you've already made a great sustainable choice. In the winter months, the UK temperature can drop but well-insulated homes are designed to combat this cold.
Before reaching for the thermostat, next time consider other options like putting on a nice wooly jumper, or a pair of thermal socks. Then, if you're still feeling a chill, the heating may be the answer.
9. Eat less meat
Eating less meat has been proven to be one of the most effective ways to reduce your carbon footprint as an individual. It’s not only good for the environment, the lives of animals, but for your health too.
You don't need to dive straight into a complete meat-free diet either as switching decades of food habits is a very big ask, so if you're not 100% on a plant-based or vegan diet, you can try meat-free days, or a 'flexitarian' diet to help.
10. Start Composting
If your home has access to the great outdoors and you want to work on your organic waste management, start to consider composting from home.
It can be a rewarding challenge to take on and it’s not as hard as you might think!