9 Eco-Friendly Changes To Make This New Year

Another year. Time for fresh starts, new goals and new resolutions. A considerable lot of us have tracked down a more noteworthy appreciation for nature during the pandemic and combined with the environment and biodiversity emergency, there has never been a better time to make a change for the climate. Regardless of whether you’re trying things out with a little responsibility or are prepared to roll out a major lifestyle change, the following 9 points offer suggestions on how you can do your bit for the environment in 2022.

1. Bring your own shopping bags.

Shopping with reusable bags wherever you purchase items or groceries from is a basic method for decreasing sea contamination and endangerment to marine life. It additionally assists us with decreasing our consumption, preventing deforestation, and diminishing our reliance on fossil fuels.

Every year, about 8 million tonnes of plastic waste escapes into the oceans from coastal nations. Plastic bags are made of petroleum based polyethylene and they require 12 million barrels of oil to deliver every year—a nonrenewable asset that makes more ozone depleting substances and expands our reliance on unfamiliar oil.

If you’re looking for some reusable shopping bags look no further than our Large Canvas Shopping Bag or our String Grocery Bag perfect for holding fresh fruit and vegetable produce.

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2. Cooking from scratch and sticking to meal plans.

This is a harder goal to work towards, yet your wellbeing, your wallet and the planet will all thank you for it. Meal prepping can be a great way to save time and relieve stress for the upcoming week. By spending some time planning your meals you can reduce your trips to the grocery store and those evening panics of what you’re going to make for dinner. Having something home-cooked in the freezer is a game changer for those evenings when you are simply worn out or too harried to even consider cooking.

Starting off with meal prepping can be daunting, so work with only a couple of days of meals and try simpler recipes that are freezer approved, once confident you can work up from that point. In the event that you’re truly new to cooking without any preparation you can try our Vegan Recipes Gift Box, which contains 5 main meal spice kits with printed recipe cards that serve 4.

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3. Eating organic.

Organic food, despite being more costly than normal groceries, will leave you with the guarantee that your food will be more nutritious and you won’t need to stress over the wellbeing impacts of eating GMOs and harmful pesticides.

Additionally, you can be certain that your groceries were processed in a manner that ensures and upgrades the ecosystem it was produced in.

Many supermarkets now offer organic fruit and vegetable produce however, if you live in residential areas you could visit nearby markets and support your local economy alongside supporting the environment.

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4. Steering clear of fast fashion.

Giant corporate retailers with insanely cheap clothes are all the hype on social media, prompting influencers to do hauls upon hauls of clothes they’ve brought which in-turn encourages consumers to purchase from these retailers.

The world’s unquenchable hunger for low-cost attire that we wear for just one season couldn’t be more damaging. It’s been reported that the fashion industry is the second-most polluting industry on the planet, right behind the oil industry.

Our need to fill our closets with the latest stylish trend comes at a price. Asian and Indian farmers assault their soils and drain valuable ground water, prioritising GMO cotton for trade—rather than using it to provide food for their communities. The chemicals used in the process of farming the cotton causes many problems for the ecosystems and health problems for farmers.

Low-cost fashion utilises huge amounts of fuel during the farming of cotton, manufacturing in factories and the delivery of the product to our doorsteps. Our relationship with cheap garments additionally supports harmful sweatshops and inhumane working conditions across the globe.

This year, consider buying items only when you really need them or the possibility that you might not actually need to purchase anything new at all. If you do however find yourself shopping for new clothes, attempt to pick timeless styles that will not leave trends in half a year and try to opt for garments that use high quality fabrics and materials that will last.

Likewise, consider purchasing at second hand shops or apps like Depop. We also sell ethical, vegan and eco-friendly clothing. Take a peek here.

5. Sustainable beauty products.

Something many people don’t know is that anything that you put on your skin gets absorbed into your blood system. Which is the reason that this year you should consider all your beauty products and cosmetics being eco-friendly.

Just like you would look at the ingredients that are in your food to ensure that they are safe, you should also check the labels on your beauty products to make sure you’re not consuming toxins through your skin.

This year, contemplate using less chemicals on your skin and pick eco-friendly and non-harmful brands of cosmetics, creams and personal hygiene products for a safer, more sustainable approach to selfcare.

Check out our Eco-Friendly & Vegan Beauty for cosmetics and personal hygiene products that look out for your skin as well as the environment. One big change you could start with is by purchasing Reusable Makeup Rounds rather than buying cotton pads every month that go to landfill.

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6. Bring your own water bottle.

Today, single-use plastics represent 40% of the plastic created each year. A large number of these items, like plastic bottles and bags, have a life expectancy of only minutes to hours, yet they persist in the environment for many years.

By switching over to metal, glass or even bamboo water bottles, we can help save the environment 1 plastic water bottle at a time. Check out our range of Eco-friendly Water Bottles.

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7. Air drying your laundry.

In most homes the tumble dryer is one of the most energy-intensive appliances, with an average dryer using 4kWh of energy and producing around 1.8kg of CO2 into the environment.

Utilising a clothesline or indoor collapsing drying racks can save you so much money and inadvertently help the environment. Making this small change can help a lot more than you might initially think.

8. Walk, cycle, or take public transportation.

Motorised road transport adds to air contamination through use of fuels emitting carbon dioxide (CO2), nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter into the Ozone layer. These affect our wellbeing and the health of our planet, it’s estimated that 5.2 million vehicle trips could be saved in just over a year on account of organisations like the Big Pedal which work with schools.

Walking and cycling can remove 8.5 million miles of car journeys from our roads. What’s more, this decrease in vehicle travel would mean an expected saving of around 2,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents.

Anything you can do to lessen your transportation impression this year, either by walking, cycling, taking public transportation or working from home—even if only one day out of seven —will be an aid to both the climate and your wallet.

9. Detox your home.

Household cleaning items rank among the most poisonous ordinary substances to which individuals are exposed to, and most compound brands are undependable, containing chemicals that have never been tested in accordance to wellbeing.

Some particularly poisonous family cleaners incorporate ammonia, chlorine bleach and many more harmful chemicals. A large number of these substances are absorbed into the skin, additionally emitting poisonous fumes that influence the individual using the products and every other person nearby. In fact, indoor air can be altogether more contaminated than outside air!

Everything from headaches to life threatening diseases have been correlated to using these household cleaning items that are used daily to clean our kitchens, bathrooms and garments—including air fresheners. Most household cleaning products are commonly produced using petrol, and stay harmful in the world’s soil, water, and climate for long periods of time.

Consider switching over to green cleaning products which use gentle yet effective ingredients such as white vinegar and bicarbonate of soda. Some brands incorporate essential oils to their cleaning products for a more natural approach to scenting your home. You’d be surprised by how simple it can be to make your own green cleaners. Discover our collection of sustainable household cleaners such as this Ultimate Eco Cleaning Essentials Bundle which includes Washing Up Liquid, Anti-Bac Surface Cleaner, Laundry Liquid, Fabric Conditioner and Anti-Bac Hand Soap.

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Here’s to small resolutions that make a big difference for our planet, Happy New Year!