Conscious Resolutions for the New Year
That time when you start a new year filled with motivation and drive, only for it to fizzle out within weeks once reality hits and life gets in the way. This year, step away from unrealistic short-term goals and start playing the long game. At the end of the day, life goes on. Even though 2020 may come to an end.
We are not quite sure how it is already the end 2020 already. But here we are. Before the craziness of the next year takes a grip, it is worth taking time to pause and reflect. Awareness of the climate crisis and linked loss of biodiversity and species has increased in 2020. Here are 10 easy to adopt, planet-friendly New Year resolutions. Challenge yourself in 2021. Here are our 10 Tips for a conscious New Year resolution
1. Break up with stuff
Reuse, Recycle, Upcycle. Never been more used terms than in 2020. So let’s re-evaluate your relationship with „stuff“. The less you have, the more you will realise you do not need ‘things’ to be happy. It is a short-term fulfillment when you have a new item. You enjoy it for that moment, that day – but as soon as dawn comes and the sun rises again, the joy might be already forgotten. Have a clear out, recycle what you don’t want or donate it to charity shops and start appreciating what matters. Decluttering will help to declutter your mind to live a conscious life that does not revolve around things. Adopt this mindset, and you will also find yourself buying less, meaning you will likely end up with extra pennies at the end of the year. Boom!
2. Reduce food waste
An estimated 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted each year globally. That is a third of all food produced for human consumption. Yes. Really. It’s time we all started planning meals, shopping sensibly, and getting inventive in the kitchen with leftovers. Waste not, want not, and all that. This is a clearly indication of over-production and using more than we actually need. And if we over-produce, the natural biodiversity needs to suffer to make way for our indulgences. Enjoy our refill service.
3. Bring your containers
One of the easiest ways to go green is to „Bring Your Own“ ! Essentials we cannot travel without include a water bottle, a collapsible coffee cup, and a takeout container and cutlery set. You’ll save a ton of single-use items from landfill, and it doesn’t get easier than shoving a few extra things in your bag each day.
4. Have fewer takeaways
Since took the time in lock-down to cook more and we all going to be cooking gurus now in 2021, it is time to quash the overreliance on takeaways (and all of the single-use containers and plastic your meal comes in). Ditch Deliveroo and take #littleconscioussteps by cutting back when you can.
5. Say no to plastic bags
Singapore’s obsession with plastic bags in supermarkets continues (no, you don’t need a separate bag for every single item). Get yourself a jute bag or a cotton bag from one of the million brands that provide them for free. And take it everywhere, you’ll be amazed at how often it comes in handy. Or take inspiration from Thailand; following its plastic bag ban, shoppers have found a myriad of innovative ways to carry home their shopping.
6. Tackle your bathroom
Your bathroom is one of the easiest places to start taking those first steps on your sustainability journey. Start with the small things first; need a new toothbrush? If you have an electric toothbrush. Don’t get rid of it !! You can keep using it and change your heads. Ditch your plastic cotton buds for bamboo ones. You enjoy flossing? There is an alternative.
7. Buy fewer clothes
Fashion is one of the most polluting industries in the world. If you have to buy new, green your wardrobe by shopping sustainable brands like these. Or don’t buy at all and explore renting instead (our favourites are Rotaro and Endless Wardrobe, or The Devout, and check out second-hand sites like Onloan (and Rent the Runaway for kids!).
8. Become a plastic neutral citizen
The average person consumes 53kg of single-use plastic per year. Collectively, that’s 396 million metric tonnes of plastic consumed globally. Take the fight against single-use plastic a step further by joining groups like The Planet Patrol pledge to ensure our future is free of single-use materials and pollution. So get involved and give someone the gift of a memory to clean up rivers across UK or donate. .
9. Go plant-based
Vegetarianism and veganism have become mainstream in recent years, but for many, it’s a big step to take. This year, why not try reducing your meat consumption by going meat-free on certain days of the week? Or start by cutting red meat from your diet (according to FAO, cattle are responsible for 9% of all human-induced greenhouse gas emissions). Or go completely cold turkey and embrace Veganuary this year 🙌🏻 Check out this link and download some nifty apps to help find delicious plant-based dishes around the world.
10. Listen to a Podcast!
There are so many inspirational Podcasts! Immerse yourself in inspirational talks from thought leaders and game-changers, explore a space filled with mindful brands, and enjoy a ton of conscious interviews that will leave you feeling inspired, motivated, and hopeful for the future.