Reducing my impact on the planet is something I think about a lot and whilst I know I’ve gotten better over the years there’s definitely still room for improvement! Like most people, some weeks I’m better than others, and I’m better at some elements than others, so this year I have decided to set myself some eco-resolutions! Resolutions are generally better met if they are committed to publicly, so I thought I’d share them with you all today!
Most of my eco-resolutions are about reducing waste as that’s the area I can drop the ball a bit on when life gets a little busy, and I want to rectify that this year. So here goes!
Reduce Food Waste
I’m pretty good at composting any food waste I do create (or turning it into veggie stock) but sometimes when I’m not meal planning properly I find myself with sad looking vegetables in the bottom of my fridge that I didn’t get around to using. My plan for this year is to really commit to meal planning to make sure this doesn’t happen much, if at all. I’ve got a few posts coming up later in the month to help us all with our meal planning too!
Almost all I buy is in recyclable containers, but this year I want to reduce that further and reduce the amount of packaging I bring into my home. I’m going to try and buy more in bulk using reusable jars and containers which will most likely save me money too!
In a similar vein to the previous eco-resolution, this year I am aiming to significantly reduce the plastic I use, so for those items I can’t buy in bulk I will choose cardboard packaging over plastic whenever possible. If the only option appears to be plastic I’ll have to reconsider how badly I need the item!
Switch off all Standby Power
I’m good at always switching off things like my TV, but I don’t always remember to turn everything else off at the powerpoint as well. This year that’s all going to change, with my kitchen appliances and my computer the key offenders that I need to focus on. It should make a difference to my electricity bill as well!
And that’s it – my four key eco-resolutions for 2015. That doesn’t mean I’ll stop with everything else, just that these ones need more of my attention!
If you’re thinking of setting some eco-resolutions for 2015 but don’t know where to start, how about these ideas?
– Reduce your energy use at home
– Leave the car at home and walk or cycle more often
– Go meatless one (or more!) days a week (my weekly Meatless Monday linkups are a great place to find inspiration!)
– Make your own green cleaning products
– Switch to green power
– Start composting and growing your own food