2017: the resolutions you should be making

  • By: Pippa Bugg

With every New Year come the New Year’s resolutions that we reluctantly bid to keep. But this year we’re doing things a little differently…

Instead of cutting out the things we enjoy and replacing them for grueling training regimes, we’re making resolutions that help others and the environment. Want to do good and feel good for it? Here are 10 ways to make greener decisions in 2017…

  1. Cut fossil-fuels by walking, cycling or taking public transport. Not only will the exercise give you a much-welcome endorphin kick, but it will also help limit the dangerous carbon emissions we contribute to everyday.

  2. Did you know that lighting accounts for 18% of a typical household’s electricity bill? Make it your mission to lower your energy consumption at home. Yes, we know we sound like your dad, but try to turn lights off in empty rooms, keep the thermostat down and turn off the taps.

  3. Cut back on meat consumption. With every 1kg of meat protein requiring the same amount of energy to produce as up to 10kg of vegetable protein, our diets are proving detrimental to the environment. According to The Vegan Society, the number of vegans in the UK has doubled in the last nine years from 150,000 to around 300,000.

  4. Invest in reusable bags and stop using plastic bags. Did you know it takes over 50 years for a bag to disintegrate?

  5. Replace bottles of water for a reusable bottle - and by the same token, if you buy take away coffee, invest in a reusable cup and reduce your landfill.

  6. Replace your shampoo, conditioner and soaps with products that are free from parabens, petrochemicals, SLES, SLS, ALES and ALS.

  7. Commit to sourcing at least one item you purchase regularly from a more local, ethical source.

  8. Recycle everything. Statistics show about 45% of household waste is currently recycled. There is an EU target for the UK to recycle at least 50% by 2020.

  9. Avoid fast fashion. The manufacturing and shipping of these clothes produces vast amounts of greenhouse gas emissions – it’s one of the most pollutive industries in the modern world.

  10. Last but certainly not least, become a grower and encourage others to do the same. The simple act of growing even the tiniest amount of your own food connects you to the natural world, enriches your spirit and the tastes so much better than anything you can buy.