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Eco-Friendly New Years Resolutions: 50 Ways You Can Reduce Your Waste and Environmental Footprint

Eco-Friendly New Years Resolutions: 50 Ways You Can Reduce Your Waste and Environmental Footprint

As we gear up for the new year, a lot of us have New Years Resolutions on our minds. Here are some ideas for simple (but impactful) ways you can tread more lightly on Mother Earth in 2017. The awesome part is that many of these goals will help you accomplish other ones in your life like dietary, financial, or organizational aspirations! 

1.  Start recycling

2.  Start composting

3.  Commit to more trips to your local farmers market 

4.  Eat less meat

5.  Eat less dairy and animal products in general

6.  Eat more fruits and vegetables

7.  Eat more local produce

8.  Learn to can your own food

9.  Reduce your consumption of processed and heavily packaged foods--especially individually wrapped ones

10.  Eliminate fast food

11.  Quit soda--drink water!

12.  Switch to a reusable coffee cup

13.  Cook at home more instead of going out

14.  Buy less stuff

15.  Sell or give away things you don't need so that others can make use of them

16.  Go on a spending fast

17.  Invest in quality items that will last instead of cheap ones that will break

18.  Buy thrifted clothing instead of new

19.  Buy thrifted anything instead of new!

20.  Shop at garage or consignment sales

21.  Cancel all your junk mail

22.  Start bringing tote bags to the grocery store

23.  Start bringing produce bags to the grocery store

24.  Start purchasing food from bulk sections with your own bags or jars to avoid packaging

25.  Carry a water bottle around with you everywhere to avoid single-use plastic water bottles and cups

26.  Bring your own take-home containers to restaurants

27.  Bring your own utensil set anywhere you know you'll be offered plastic single-use utensils

28.  When you throw a party or event, use reusable dishes & flatware instead of single-use

29.  Quit plastic wrap

30.  Quit plastic bags

31.  Choose metal, wood, and glass purchases over plastic

32.  Stop supporting fast fashion clothing brands and instead buy used, local, or ethically manufactured clothing

33.  Switch out your beauty products for chemical-free alternatives

34.  Switch out your cleaning supplies for chemical-free alternatives

35.  Make homemade versions of beauty products

36.  Make homemade versions of cleaning supplies

37.  Replace your laundry detergent with soapnuts or homemade laundry detergent

38.  Quit paper towels-- use towels instead

39.  Quit paper napkins-- use cloth napkins instead

40.  Switch from disposable to cloth diapers

41.  Reduce your food waste

42.  Grow your own food

43.  Give experience gifts instead of material ones

44.  Wrap gifts in newspaper or fabric instead of disposable wrapping paper

45.  Switch to more eco-friendly period products-- a cup, thinx underwear, or cloth pads

46.  Switch to a safety razor to replace disposable plastic razors

47.  Repair something instead of just replacing it

48.  Repurpose something instead of just throwing it away

49.  Educate yourself on environmental issues by watching documentaries, reading books, and following social media environmental advocates

50.  Share the changes you've made to inspire others to do the same!

 

 

 

 

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