The start of a new year is the perfect time to add in some new habits that’ll improve your way of life. On top of the usual resolutions like living healthier, saving more money, and taking more time for yourself, saving the environment is another great task to take on.
To make the daunting task of taking care of the planet seem a little easier, we’re giving you some easy ways to put that New Year’s motivation towards shrinking your carbon footprint.
1. Eat organic and local as often as possible
On top of being better for you and putting less chemicals into your body, eating organic foods helps the environment by reducing the amount of chemicals used in their growth. Eating local produce often tastes better, supports the local economy and reduces pollution from transporting food across the country.
2. Incorporate meat-free days into your diet
Eating less meat cuts down on the very unsustainable effects of mass-produced meat and encourages creativity through home-cooked meals with ingredients like fresh produce.
3. Bring your own grocery bags
Reusing the plastic bags you have sitting in your cabinets (we all have an overflowing plastic bag cabinet, right?) helps prevent plastic from ending up in the ocean or in habitats where they kill over a million animals every year.
4. Practice energy and water conservation around the house
Getting your whole family in on saving the environment is a great way to build sustainable habits. Encourage everyone to turn off the lights when they’re not needed and to use less water by being mindful of things like shower length.
5. Bring your own water bottle
This super simple resolution is similar to bringing your own shopping bag, but is even easier. Switching to a reusable water bottle is an awesome way to remember to stay hydrated while saving dozens of disposable plastic bottles from sitting in the landfill for decades.