As the year draws to a close, many people reflect on the past and set goals for the future. New Year’s resolutions often revolve around personal improvement, but why not extend this self-reflection to our relationship with the planet? By adopting eco-conscious resolutions, we can take a proactive stance towards environmental protection and contribute to a healthier, more sustainable future. It can seem like a daunting task to transition to a more eco-friendly lifestyle, but remember that every small step adds up. Start small if you need to. We compiled 10 earth-conscious resolution ideas to get you started!
10 Simple Earth-Conscious Resolutions to Consider Starting this Year
1) Switch to eco-friendly cleaning supplies
Conventional cleaning supplies are often laden with chemicals and additives that are not earth-friendly or safe for the kids and pets in your life. Making the switch to an all-natural cleaning spray like our All Purpose Cleaner replaces multiple cleaning sprays that you have under the sink. Streamline your cleaning supplies and do your part to protect the environment at the same time with PathSans.
2) Reduce your consumption of single-use plastics.
Start carrying a reusable water bottle, shopping with reusable bags, and avoiding disposable utensils and straws. Single-use plastic consumption also extends to cleaning sprays and supplies that are packaged in plastic. Here at PathoSans, we are committed to offering our customers eco-conscious cleaning sprays in recyclable bottles. Swap your cleaning spray this year with The All Purpose Cleaner, and you’ll automatically be reducing your single-use plastic consumption, too.
3) Shop more sustainably.
As much as possible, buy locally grown and produced, organic food and products. Try to support local farmers, which reduces the emissions required to ship food long distances. Start avoiding fast fashion and instead support brands that are committed to ethical and sustainable practices. Divert your spending dollars to support companies that have eco-conscious practices as value.
4) Reduce your energy consumption.
In your daily life, develop the habit of turning off lights and electronics when you’re not using them. Opt to purchase energy-efficient appliances when you can. You can even unplug chargers and other devices when they’re not in use to reduce your energy consumption.
5) Conserve water.
There are many simple ways to reduce your water consumption. Take shorter showers. Fix leaky faucets. Add native plants to your landscaping which often require less water, meaning you water your lawn less often.
6) Start Composting.
Composting helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create nutrient-rich soil. Compost your food scraps at home or look for a local composting company in your area.
7) Plant trees.
Trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Planting trees is a great way to offset your carbon footprint. Find out what trees are indigenous to your area to make an even more eco-conscious choice.
8) Eat less meat.
This doesn’t mean you have to quit meat completely! Reducing your meat consumption, even if just one day a week, can make a big difference. Meat production is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions.
9) Get involved in environmental consumerism.
Environmental consumerism is a fancy way of saying the choices you make when buying products can have a profound impact on the environment. Did you know that you’re already doing this by purchasing from PathoSans? For every order, we donate $1 to Ocean Blue Project’s Save the Waves campaign, where every dollar donated removes one pound of plastic from our nation’s beaches and waterways.
10) Educate others about environmental issues.
As you learn more about eco-conscious living and establish simple habits that support the environment, talk to your friends and family about it. Share with them about the importance of environmental protection.
Each of these 10 eco-conscious resolutions makes a big impact over time. This year, resolve to choose small changes that add up over time. Even small changes, like recycling your batteries or using reusable microfiber hand towels rather than paper towels, can make a big difference in the long run.
Additional Tips for Making Your Earth-Conscious New Year’s Resolutions Stick:
- Set realistic goals. Don’t try to change everything at once. Start with a few small changes that you can easily incorporate into your routine.
- Make a plan. Break down your goals into smaller, more manageable steps. And set deadlines for yourself.
- Find a support system. Talk to your friends and family about your resolutions. And join a community of like-minded people committed to environmental protection.
- Don’t be afraid to fail. Everyone makes mistakes. If you slip up, don’t beat yourself up. Just pick yourself up and keep going.
Remember, every little bit helps. By making earth-conscious choices, you can help to protect the planet for future generations.