Bettering the Environment

Sustainable New Year’s Resolutions

Phew, the year is over! With a climbing interest in environmental issues, it’s time we went full-speed to make the most positive impact on our earth. Why now? Because climate change is upon us.

Since it’s the end of the year, I want to thank a few environmental enthusiasts who’ve rattled some cages:

Thank you Greta Thunberg for your influence on younger generations. Thank you Immy Lucas for your creation of the Low Impact Movement (low impact is still positive impact). And thank you to The Water Brothers, who help us learn about the pollution of oceans and waterways.

Onto the new year, let’s explore some of the best new year’s resolutions for a more sustainable future.

Swap Single-Use Plastic for Reusable

Bag after plastic bag gets cycled through your house and after “disposing” of them, they somehow end up caught on the fin of a shark or a fish mistakes it for food. How did it get there? By ocean currents and waterways that lead to the ocean.

So if anything, be mindful of how much plastic you touch. I swapped plastic bins for handmade baskets and they are stronger, prettier, and longer-lasting. You could start by swapping Ziploc bags for glass Tupperware. One of the best new year’s resolutions I made.

Vegan for a Month

Or a week, or even a few days. Studies say being vegan is very good for the environment because you are eating plant-based foods and avoiding dairy and meat.

It may seem difficult to give up meat, but maintaining “livestock (including poultry) accounts for about 14.5% of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions” according to ZME Science. Anthropogenic means human-produced instead of naturally-occurring. By dismissing meat and dairy, you’re reducing the amount of greenhouse gas emissions.

Drive Less

Unless you have an electric car or ride your bike, try driving a little less for your new year’s resolutions. Transportation makes up over 50% of CO2 emissions which means it’s best to carpool, run errands in one big sweep, and avoid driving at night (most bad decisions happen after 11 pm).

Join an Environmently-Friendly Community

In the TIMES happiness magazine, they point out the strength behind having a community. People to rely on and share in your passions will promote happier well-being. Making this your new year’s resolution benefits a network of sustainably-friendly thinking and creates a more pleasant you. Spread the love.

Make a Goal

Setting goals for yourself is the best way to uphold your new year’s resolutions. Duh, you say, isn’t a new year’s resolution a goal? Mm, sort of. A goal is something you want to enjoy along the way. You may want to lose 20 pounds but in order to be happy with that goal, you want to respect the journey. Click to see my post on Goal Setting Technique and Achievement.

Shop Consignment

Recycle your clothing. In my town, there is a consignment shop called Labels and I fell in love with it. People buy and donate their clothing and home goods to this shop so you can reuse them instead of waste!

Find a consignment shop near you and just wander to feel the memories around you. The prices are low so you can save money in the new year!

The best new year’s resolutions are the ones you’re passionate about and have a drive to achieve. Incorporating sustainable thinking into your new year’s resolutions will make you and the environment happy.

For more ways of greener living, try this one out for size: 15 Tips for Everyday Green Living.

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Claudia Grimm
Writer and nature lover, I'm a curious gal wanting to share what I've learned in personal and environmental growth. What have I realized the most? Small steps make big impacts!

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