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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

14 Dec 2018

Keywords
  • climate change
  • sustainable living
  • certification
  • Christmas

So, Christmas and New Year's Eve are done, all the leftovers are finished, and it’s time to start accepting that 2019 is here.

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


1. Reduce Your Use

 

Plastic has become such an essential part of our lives, but the statistics on plastic pollution are terrifying. Australians produce 3 million tonnes of plastic each year on average, and only 12% of that is recycled. Making a pledge to #ReduceYourUse is one small action you can take in the new year to help make a difference for the future of our planet.

 

Make the pledge today

2. 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.

3. 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 an affordable selection of metal straws that offer an eco-friendly solution.

4. It’s in the bag

 

With the big supermarkets’ plastic bag ban, reusable shopping bags are 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.

5. 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 of this way, the scraps break down and release methane. By composting your scraps instead of throwing them you’ll be helping to lower greenhouse gas emissions.

6. 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.