7 Eco Resolutions For 2020
Looking to get serious about your eco ambitions this year? First, read our guide to small changes you can make each day to do your bit. Here are 7 Eco Resolutions for 2020.
If 2019 was the year we finally accepted that the climate crisis was real, then 2020 is the year we get serious about solving it. If you are looking for a few easy changes to make to lessen your carbon footprint then there are plenty of places to start. Investing in a reusable coffee cup and water bottle are good first steps. S’well bottles look cool and keep your liquids even cooler. Of course, this January is also a great time to look to bigger lifestyle changes like going Vegan. Whatever you do make sure it’s a sustainable choice for you, something you will keep up throughout the year.
Ok so it’s a pretty big change but going Vegan whether permanently or just for January, also known as Veganuary can have a pretty big impact on both your health, and the environment. PETA has 10 great reasons why going Vegan is a good idea. However in order for it to be sustainable, and enjoyable, you need to know it’s right for you. Don’t just do it because all the cool kids are. For tips and support on going Vegan, the Vegan Society have lots of helpful recipes. But remember, being a Vegan isn’t just about the food you eat. It’s also about the clothes you wear and what you put on your skin. Content Beauty have put together a handy starter guide to navigating the minefield that is Vegan living.
If you find ditching single use cotton buds hard, then look to a clever little wonder called The LastSwab*. Created by LastObject the durable swab is intended to replace single use plastic cotton buds. The LastSwab itself is made from plastic but according to LastObject, it will last for thousands of uses. It comes in a biodegradable corn starch carry case so you can keep it clean and safe. Next on their list of single use items to tackle is the tissue. The LastTissue is an exciting innovation to look out for, head to their Kickstarter page for more details.
Reusable Produce Bag
Lets face it supermarkets have been pretty slow to catch on to a more eco way of shopping. There is still too much single use plastic on offer. It takes a little pre planning on your part but by ensuring you have your own boxes and containers, you can avoid having to use the plastic bags on offer. We love this organic cotton produce bag as it comes in a few different sizes making it perfect for any size fruits or veggies. Keep a stash of them with your cotton shopping bags by the front door so you can grab them as you run out of the house.
Reusable Tampon Applicator
If menstrual cups and period pants aren’t your thing, then a reusable tampon applicator might be the answer you were looking for. According to Dame, 100 billion period products are thrown away every year. Most contain plastic (even the cardboard applicators) and so won’t biodegrade for hundreds of years. Their solution? A reusable applicator that will allow you to lessen your impact. The applicator itself has been tested to last for up to 10 years, but with thoughtful care, it could last longer. Dame also offer organic cotton tampons too.
Repair Your Clothes
Many of us are guilty of throwing garments away when they become damaged. However, all it takes is a little patience and out of the box thinking for you to keep your clothing in use for longer. Thereby saving tones of Carbon Dioxide and water. Whether you build your own repair kit to start having a go yourself , or employ a professional, it’s well worth the time and effort to make things last. The Seam London is the Uber for clothes tailoring. Simply visit the website to find the right person for the job. We also love Clothes Doctor for their convenient collection service.
Switch to a Bamboo Toothbrush
Whats wrong with a plastic toothbrush? Whats right with it? Not only will it take hundreds of years to decompose, we throw away hundreds in our lifetime. So doesn’t it make sense to switch to a biodegradable alternative? Bamboo toothbrushes are created from sustainably grown forests and will compost in your garden. Not to mention they are packaged in recyclable and biodegradable materials. No crappy plastic packaging here. For more ideas, check out our guide to waste free dental care.
Start Renting Your Wardrobe
2019 was the year that renting our wardrobes went mainstream in the UK. It’s now way cooler, not to mention eco friendly to own less but wear more. Hot off the heels of the US success story Rent the Runway, we now have a variety of platforms to choose from. There is something to suit every taste and budget. Not only that but companies such as Bundlee now offer subscription services to easily rent baby clothes. So whether you need a great piece for a night out or simply fancy switching your wardrobe up, renting is the sustainable way to consume.
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