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New years resolutions that help save the planet by Brooke Lark / Unsplash

New years resolutions that help save the planet by Brooke Lark / Unsplash

Easy eco-friendly New Year's resolutions

30 Nov 2017

  • Christmas
  • certification
  • climate change
  • sustainable living

So, Christmas and New Year's Eve are done, all the leftovers are all finished, and it’s time to start to accept that 2018 is here.

It’s also time to set your resolutions for the year so we’ve put together these five, super-easy to follow resolutions that anyone can do, and are guaranteed to help save the planet.

1. Playing for keeps

It's estimated that Australians use 1 billion disposable coffee cups each year, which is a lot! If you’re a coffee addict, using a Keep Cup will save hundreds of non-recyclable, non-biodegradable coffee cups from ending up in landfill every year.

2. The last straw

By turning down a straw next time you order a drink, you’ll help cut down on the millions of disposable plastic straws that are used in Australia every day. If cutting them out entirely is tricky, there’s now a wide range and affordable selection of metal straws that offer an eco-friendly solution.

3. It’s in the bag

With the big supermarkets’ plastic bag ban coming into effect next year, reusable shopping bags will be all the rage. You can even take it a step further by taking reusable produce bags along with you to really minimise your plastic bag use.

4. Break it down

An easy, eco-friendly way to dispose of your food waste is to compost it! Even apartment dwellers can now get on board, smell free and mess free.

Each year every Australian household throws away $1,036 worth of food that ends up in landfill. When disposed this way, the scraps break down and release methane. By composting your scraps instead of throwing them you’ll helping to lower greenhouse gas emissions.

5. Look for labels

This year, commit to buying certified sustainable products like MSC and ASC seafood, FSC paper products and RSPO sustainable palm oil products. Sydney households spend an average of $163 a week on groceries, so when you add it up, each consumer has a lot of spending power behind them. Your shopping choices can make a huge impact on the environment this year.