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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

11 Jan 2021

Keywords
  • Christmas
  • plastic
  • recycling
  • certification
  • climate change
  • sustainable living

Finally!! 2021!! Is here!! Time to make a fresh start!


We're not saying that the hardships of the global pandemic are over, but yay, we made it here! And setting your resolutions for this new year can help you keep up a determined and positive vibe. So, we’ve put together some super-easy-to-follow resolutions that anyone can do, and are guaranteed to help save the planet.



1. Don't let nature go to waste

 

From single-use coffee cups to takeaway containers, we’ve all had to use a bit more plastic over the last 6 months to keep us safe during the global health crisis. But as restrictions ease and we enter a new normality, we can relook at our consumption habits and ways we can break free from unnecessary plastic use in a safe way, because the statistics on plastic pollution are terrifying! Australians consume 130 kg of plastic per person each year and only 9% of that is recycled. Sending a message to your state or territory Environment Minister and tell them to ban single-use plastics is one small action you can make in 2021 to help make a difference for the future of our planet.

 

 Send a message today

2. Kick the cup not the coffee!

 

It's estimated that Australians use 1 billion disposable coffee cups each year, which is a lot! If you’re a coffee (or matcha latte) addict using a Keep Cup will save hundreds of non-recyclable, non-biodegradable coffee cups from ending up in landfill every year. While in 2020 cafes haven't been able to accept Keep Cups, we are hoping 2021 lets us bring them back! Also, got a holiday road trip planned? Pack a thermos of your favourite hot beverage and pour for keeps.

3. Don't shop it, swap it

 

Instead of dropping coin on new things, ask yourself,  'Can I trade something?' Swap meets have been going on for centuries and continue to thrive online. Nothing to trade? How about buying something second hand? There are many dedicated online marketplaces for this and also a number of social media platforms that offer niche, peer-to-peer selling or swapping, which is affordable and revolves around beloved items going to a great new home. 

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 with a number of local governments rolling out food scraps  recycling programs!

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. Australian households spend an average of $130 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.

 

7. Adopt a Koala

 

Adopt a Koala with WWF-Australia's latest campaign and commit to supporting our unique native animals. On top of the 2019 bushfire devastation, an average of over 200,000 trees bulldozed each day across Australia means our koalas are very quickly heading towards extinction in east coast states by 2050. By adopting a koala today, you can help significantly increase the capacity of wildlife carers and medical facilities so injured koalas can get the care they need, create wildlife corridors that will allow them to move around safely, and rapidly restore large areas of koala habitat.

 

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