As the New Year closes in, many of us are considering how best to improve our wellbeing and maximise our potential in 2022.
If you’re savvy, you’ll not only be looking to improve the impact of your actions on your own wellbeing, but perhaps on the wellbeing of the earth, too.
Many of us have felt the waves of climate anxiety over the last year, as tales of extreme weather and messages of urgency from the scientific community became commonplace in our newsfeeds. Climate anxiety is, unfortunately, a very real phenomenon in the 21st century.
One of the best ways to combat any feelings of anxiety, frustration or helplessness that you may be feeling vis-à-vis the climate crisis is to make some changes to your own habits. After all, change begins with the individual. So, when we’re confident that we are playing our part, we can be hopeful that others may do the same, thus making way for a little more positivity in our mindset.
Today, we want to share three eco-conscious New Year’s resolutions that you can carry with you into 2022.
1 / Ditch the plastic
Yup, number one on our list, of course, aims to address our over-reliance on plastic.
We don’t need to go into detail here. We all know the devastation that plastic is reeking on the environmental stability of our earth. Our careless over-reliance on plastic is devastating eco-systems and poisoning our soil.
So, what can you do? You can cut your consumption of plastic drastically. Plus, as time goes on and greener technology advances, it’s getting more and more feasible to opt for greener alternatives.
Consider investing in a reusable bottle and ditch those pesky plastic water bottles. When water just won’t cut it - or if tap water just ain’t your jam - opt for drinks which are packaged sustainably, such as those we stock here at Everdurance, for instance!
You can also choose to say no to plastic bags and use reusable shoppers instead. Plus, when you’re doing your weekly food shop, opt for loose fruit and vegetables and use your own reusable produce bags.
2/ Consider switching up your commute
Instead of hopping in your motor to make your way to work or school each and every day, try an alternative mode of transport!
At least once a week, you can opt to switch up your routine. Take public transport, cycle, carpool, e-scooter or even just walk if you can! Or, if your work allows, you could even try working from home for a day or two per week.
It’s the little things that add up. If we all made the extra effort to stay clear of the roads for a couple of days each week, the world would see a huge improvement in pollution levels.
3/ Opt for second-hand where possible
Choosing to buy second-hand where possible isn’t only better for the environment, but for your cash flow, too!
Check sites such as Ebay, Gumtree, Depop and Facebook Marketplace before you take the plunge with that brand-spanking-new piece of furniture or clothing that you’ve got your eye on. Often, many of the items we’re looking to purchase have perfectly lovely second-hand counterparts available online. And for a fraction of the price, too!
By buying second-hand you say no to the mass production and overproduction of goods and environmentally poor industry practices.
So, in 2022, why not be the change that you want to see in the world? Perhaps it’s time to consider how you can start rethinking your habits for a better, greener future for all.