4 Easy Eco-Friendly New Year’s Resolutions You Can Commit To

After we all tend to over-indulge during the holidays, everyone then starts thinking about their resolutions for the new year. There is nothing wrong with New Year’s resolutions, but statistics show that most people only keep them up for the first month or so. This is discouraging to many, so they forego making any changes. Sometimes, it comes down to finding a change you can commit to in the new year. Here at Green and Growing, we have a handful of eco-friendly New Year’s resolutions that are easier to stick to than you think.

Become a Part-Time Vegetarian

Instead of vowing to abstain from all meat, you can pick a few days a week when you consume only vegetarian foods. The meat industry uses tons of resources to produce all the packaged meat at the store. Livestock is reaching to consume up to 70 percent of the water meant for humans, and people cut down trees to provide them room to graze and eat. By cutting down how much meat you eat as a New Year’s resolution, you can limit how much meat the industry needs to provide. If a large group of people makes this a goal, we can use more resources to help people and protect the environment. It is also extremely easy to find vegetarian meals that are both healthy and delicious!

Remember Reusable Bags

Plastic waste is only growing as we continue to rely on single-use plastic products, especially plastic bags. Only certain facilities will recycle these bags, so most plastic bags end up in landfills or in other animals’ habitats. Once there, animals mistake it for food and clog their stomachs because they cannot digest it. Plastic also is not biodegradable and only breaks down into small—but still harmful—pieces. In order to cut down on plastic waste, you can commit to keeping reusable shopping bags in your car for when you go shopping. This is not only good for the environment, but it is also convenient because you can fit more items in reusable bags. Some stores will also give you a small discount when you check out if you bring your own bags.

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Remove Chemicals from Your Makeup

Another way that you can do yourself and the environment a favor is to switch to natural makeup products. Many commercial makeup brands contain materials that cause skin irritations and breakouts, and some of the materials in powders can even harm your lungs if you inhale it. There are several natural makeup brands that perform just as well as your favorite products, but they do it without harmful materials. You do not need to drop all your money at once to switch out all your products though. Instead, as you run out of each product, replace it with a natural one. 

Stick to Reusable Water Bottles

Making a commitment to your water bottle is probably the easiest of all the New Year’s resolutions you can make. Plastic water bottles contribute to the plastic waste problem that we mentioned above, and it is easier to reduce plastic than you think. Many people needlessly spend money on plastic water bottles when the reusable option is much cheaper. Instead of constantly buying bottles that you throw away or recycle, stick to the same reusable water bottle. These bottles do not break down, unlike the single-use plastic ones that fill your water with microplastics. With this resolution, you can stay hydrated while you help the environment.

You Pick Your New Year's Resolutions

There is so much you can do to help the environment as part of your New Year’s resolutions. It just comes down to what changes you feel comfortable making and what you are passionate about. Instead of abstaining from all meat, you can cut down the number of meals with meat that you eat. You can also invest in reusable shopping bags and water bottles to cut down on plastic waste. Even slowly restocking your makeup supply with natural brands will keep you and the environment healthy. Whatever you decide to do next year, pick something you can commit to.

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Lacey Jolley
 

I love exploring, experiencing new places, and eating good food! I'm amazed every day at how well the Earth provides for us, and I want to return the favor. I hope to help others learn how we can make our world a better, cleaner place.

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