If you’re looking to build good green habits this year, here’s a walk-through of simple steps you can take. We know commitments are hard, so trust us and keep reading to find how to get through sustainable New Year resolutions!
Let’s face it. Committing to keeping up with your newfound resolutions…
It’s like making a really strong promise to clean up your room every two days but you end up binge-watching two series on Netflix and suddenly there are clothes all over the room (it’s a mystery!)
Some of you may have already set your New Year’s resolutions for 2022, but if you haven’t, don’t worry! We want to help you out a little bit with our list of good green habits that won’t break the bank, your back, or the planet. The Millennial has curated the 4 easy and eco-friendly good habits that you can actually commit to.
So let’s get to it!
Buy less stuff this year
Seems like we began with a bummer resolution. But hey, the more mindless stuff you buy, the more they mess up the planet and empty your pockets! The truest form of sustainability is just buying lesser (which is why we make our sustainable bags in a way that last for years and years)
A 2015 study found that the production of household goods and services contribute to 60% of GHG emissions. That’s a huge amount. And let’s not deny that our consumption habits drive climate crisis too.
Additionally, in an interesting New York Times piece, “It’s not that hard to buy nothing”, we’ll read about people’s experiences with committing to buy nothing in the year 2020. Most of their goals were to reduce the carbon impact on our planet and appreciate already-owned things. If they can build such lofty green habits, we can definitely buy less 😉
And if we do buy, commit to buying mindful and fair products that will last, look good and feel great!
If you want to add fun to these good green habits, challenge yourself to only buy 2 new pieces of clothing or accessories per month (It is easier than it sounds). And share your experience on social media! Tag us too 😉
Kickstart a compost pile in your backyard.
This may sound like it needs hit-the-gym kinda energy, but it really requires very little effort!
Start small. Just take your food waste from the kitchen (peels, eggshells, coffee grounds, etc.) out and bury it in your compost pile. The worms will do their thing, making rich soil for plants. You can use this soil for your new veggie garden. This takes us to the next goal!
Bucketlist recommendation: Start a veggie garden
You don’t need a full acre (or even an acre-and-a-half) to grow edible plants—in fact, it’s much easier if you start small!
To put into some perspective, an average kitchen window box can contain up to 6 or 7 tomatoes or lettuce. Start with that, then we work our ways up!
The bigger picture?
A beautiful organic garden that makes you healthy and your pockets full!
Keep a Plastic-Swap checklist
Plastic waste and pollution are some of the biggest catalysts for the climate crisis. However, it’s the easiest to swap out if you commit to small good habits!
So if you want to reduce plastic waste but don’t know where to start, using reusable shopping bags and drinking out of reusable bottles are simple places to start! It sounds small, but it makes a world of difference. If you’re busy/broke/awesome, check out our 5 easy ways to go plastic-free
As always, let these lists be the jumping-off points—not exhaustive sets of rules to follow 😉