Now more than ever, the planet needs a bigger personal contribution from everyone – with recycling, greener living, and making eco-friendly decisions.
Below I’ve listed a few things that I really hope you take with you into 2019, if you aren’t doing so already. I know I’ve mentioned a lot of these before, but this is just a friendly reminder, so to say.
Food & Drinks
- Eat locally – the less miles your food has travelled to make it onto your plate, the better it is for the planet. Think about the emissions expended when you factor in transporting foreign products from different countries into your local supermarket.
- Eat organic – the more food you consume that is lower in many different chemicals, the better.
- Metal straws – these should be a staple in every household. Less plastic is always a good thing.
- USE your Keep Cup. I’m sure the majority of people have one of these…whether or not they use them every day is a different story. Pledge to use it as much as possible. If you need to invest into a second one to keep in your car or on your desk, then do!
- Make a conscious effort to reduce single use plastic. It’s so easy to turn to bottled water if you aren’t prepared, or if you are just in need of a drink…but where possible, we ALL need to make a much bigger effort in reducing the amount of single use plastic that we go through.
- Use your water bottle. Following on from my last point. I think every household has a reusable water bottle somewhere in the presses or drawers. Start making use of it.
- Reduce animal products. It can’t be denied that reducing the amount of meat that you consume is better for the planet. (If you don’t believe me, google it!) I’m making a really big effort to cut back, and while I would love to be able to go fully vegan/veggie, at this point in time I am definitely not. Small steps though will see a big impact. I’m starting with at least three veggie days a week, and it’s actually way easier than you might think.
- Avoid fast fashion. I’ve done a lot of spotlights on conscious brands that you can shop from and I find the topic so interesting, so you can expect a lot more in 2019! It can’t be denied that bad practises in fashion are seen across the board from luxury to budget brands. I know that switching to a fully ethical and sustainable wardrobe is very hard, but a good place to start is by cutting out the low-low-low budget fast fashion brands. If your top cost you 10 euro, you can be sure that somewhere along the line, bad practises with either the environment or with labour took place. Yes, I know the same can be said for some luxury/premium brands, but in terms of the lesser of two evils, and for arguments sake: what will last longer and get you #30Wears? The answer is obvious in my opinion. Avoid the low-low-low budget brands that don’t offer you the quality that you need, if this is possible for you.
- Donate your clothes. This is a great way to keep the lifespan of your clothes going. It’s also great for the environment, and even better if they go somewhere where they are really needed.
- Shop vintage / pre-loved items. Apart from potentially finding some incredible steals and amazing pieces, shopping items that are second hand, reduces the demand for new clothes to be produced by other retailers. You’ll also definitely save money!
- Keep shopping bags in your car & hallway. I have a collection of reusable shopping bags, so much so that they ended up costing me a fortune because I bought a few with every “big shop”. Now, I’m well equipped and organised with bags at every corner, I literally can not forget one walking into the supermarket.
- RECYCLE. I simply don’t believe that people are recycling as much as we would like to think. I’m going to do another post on this in the very near future so stay tuned. In the meantime, PLEASE start recycling your waste at home if you aren’t already. It is so irresponsible, there is literally no excuse not to.
- Try and not drive your car at least one day a week. I personally spend so much time in my car, that I’ve started doing this for my sanity. But in terms of the impact that this would have on the planet if everyone did it – it would be amazing.
Make better choices
- Take-aways – here is post-Christmas Niamh preaching about all of the takeaways I had in December, but whatever, it’s actually ended up working out for the greater good! One thing I noticed between two different Thai takeaways in Naas is that one of them uses biodegradable containers, and the other doesn’t. They’re both delicious, but I know where I will be going back to. Every little helps! For anyone in Naas, The Lemongrass uses biodegradable containers, whereas Thai Station unfortunately does not.
I really hope you found this post helpful and maybe a little inspiring for how green you plan on being in 2019.
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