14 realistic resolutions to help the planet in 2017

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14 realistic resolutions to help the planet in 2017

Happy New Year OLIOers!

January’s a time to make resolutions and clean up our act but resolving to change the world can seem like a daunting task. Don’t feel overwhelmed! Small steps can make a lasting impact. Here are some realistic resolutions to create a positive and sustainable 2017.  

1. Invest in a Keepcup

Did you know 2.5 billion paper cups are thrown away in the UK every year? If you’re grabbing a coffee to go, why not invest in an eco-friendly KeepCup and say no to paper cup waste.

2. Give back to your community

Volunteer at your local charity, donate to your local foodbank or support the small guys by shopping at your local, independent retailers.

3. Join the litterati

Pick up a piece of litter on your walk today. Download the Litterati app, tag your trash and join the global movement that’s cleaning up the planet.

4. Eat less meat

Agriculture is a significant driver of global warming. Reducing your meat intake to just one burger a week will result in the same environmental benefit as taking your car off the road for 320 miles!

5. Switch to eco-friendly cleaning products

The biggest impact of cleaning products comes from the toxic chemicals which they contain and the packaging they come in. The Natural Collection stock an assortment of eco-friendly cleaning and household products.

6. Say no to plastic straws

When it comes to helping the planet, most of us think nothing about using a little disposable straw. Americans alone use an estimated 500 million plastic straws daily, with most of them ending up in landfill. Go straw-free in 2017.

7. Buy less

A simple one that’s good for the planet and your wallet.

8. Bring lunch to work

Avoid quick-fix lunch outlets and make your own! You’ll reduce plastic packaging and save some much-needed cash this January. Start with an eco lunch box or some green reusables from A Slice of Green.

9. Sign and share this petition

Get involved in some online activism by signing and sharing this petition which seeks to ban all non-recyclable/non-compostable packaging in the UK.

10. Avoid fast fashion

Did you know, the clothing industry is the second largest polluter in the world, after oil? Dismiss ever-changing trends that encourage overconsumption and waste and invest in well-made items that last, or better yet buy second hand from your local charity shop.  

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11. Eat local

Reduce those air miles and support local. Sign up to a weekly veg box, shop at your local Food Assembly or farmers’ market or make an effort to check supermarket food labels.

12. Rethink your toiletries

Opt for green choices. Use natural and organic beauty products and toiletries with biodegradable packaging, invest in stainless steel razors and swap tampons and pads for an eco-friendly, toxin-free Mooncup.

13. Invest in a reusable water bottle

The UK bottled water industry releases 350,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year, with many of us using up to 137 bottles a year. Invest in a reusable one like the Bobble bottle or Camelbak and hydrate sustainably.

14. Share food on OLIO

And of course, share some of your post-Christmas food with a neighbour on OLIO or take it to the next level and become an OLIO volunteer.

Which resolution will you be taking on in 2017? Vote for one in the poll below.

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  • http://www.ibcsd.biz Michael Rada

    PREVENT WASTE HAPPEN first, this make the real change. It is possible, download free INDUSTRIAL UPCYCLING E-BOOK in English- http://industrial-upcycling.cz/index.php/free-e-book-english-download/

  • Alex Roberts

    We have to begin mentioning palm oil. It is pervasive in 80% of supermarket products. Some is responsibly sourced but illegal logging, destruction of rain forests and biodiversity continues. The Amazon and Indonesia are well documented but Central Africa is being plundered by Chinese loggers who simply ignore signed agreements with governments.

    • http://sydsense.blogspot.com/ Sydney

      agreed

  • Ja Mes

    For those looking to cut down meat consumption, check out veganuary! Lots of information and discounts for trying vegan for one month 🙂

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