- Shaun Forest
People are accustomed to viewing new years as fresh starts. Making the decision to lose weight, exercise more, practise mindfulness, or change careers. We don't think about how a new year is also a new opportunity to lower our carbon footprint as much as we should.
Today, I'll provide ten ideas for making 2021 your most sustainable year yet. Some are obvious, while others are less so, but one thing is certain: if you implement these, your carbon footprint will be dramatically reduced! Ready?
In 2021, here are the top ten sustainable things to do.
1. Get A Reusable Water Bottle
So, if you haven't done it yet, you're already behind schedule. Instead of buying a new one (which also comes with a footprint), inquire if one of your friends has one that they no longer need. This also aids in plastic reduction.
2: Replace your light bulbs with LEDs.
Extra tip: shutting off your lights when you leave the room is preferable to using LEDs.
3: Begin Meal Preparation
This tip does more than only reduce microplastics. "How Can We Reduce Microplastic Pollution (7 Tips)") food waste, but it's also good for your wallet: buying only what you need saves you money!
4: Use A Bucket To Shower
Please, as strange as it may sound, give me a chance to explain myself. When you turn on the water to take a shower, a certain amount of it always goes to waste while it warms up. You can utilise that water to water plants or flush the toilet if you let it flow into a bucket instead of down the drain.
5. Shop With Your Own Containers
Zero Waste is quickly gaining popularity, making it easy to purchase without using unneeded packaging. Get creative with your old jars and produce bags made from old fabric scraps. More information about waste management can be found here.
6. Boycott Fast Fashion
Fashion is one of the most polluting industries on the planet. We probably already have more clothes than we require, therefore it's time to put them away. When you do need to buy more, consider going to a thrift store.
Given that most of us are already stranded at home, this may be a simple task.
7. Cut Down on Meat Consumption
Scientists have established that the amount of meat consumed by humanity is permanently contaminating the planet. You don't have to go vegan to make a difference, but our eating choices do. Begin with meat-free Mondays and gradually limit your intake from there if desired.
8. Get A Bamboo Toothbrush
Brushing your teeth is something you'll always have to do, so why not do it in a more environmentally friendly way? Bamboo toothbrushes are biodegradable, which means they won't wind up in a landfill. It also aids in the reduction of plastic usage. Plastics are ubiquitous in today's world, as we all know. They're difficult to get rid of. But at the very least, we can continue to attempt.
9. Choose Public Transportation
Alternatively, you may purchase a bicycle. Alternatively, you can stroll. Simply avoid driving as much as possible and, when you do, make sure it's fully charged.
10. Say “No”
And while making a suggestion is simple, putting it into effect is far more complicated. Refusing superfluous gifts, disposables, and other items that you don't require can significantly reduce your carbon footprint and reduce the amount of clutter in your home.
Keep it simple! Here are some examples of different ways to say no.
Finally, some thoughts
These were ten simple, long-lasting activities to undertake in 2021. Big improvements begin with little steps. I hope this information was useful and that it aided you in starting your eco-journey.