"Social media is currently flooded with masses of New Year's resolutions," Nadia Steele from Biotuff says. "From leading a healthier lifestyle to spending less money, but with many across the globe feeling the impact of climate change, having an environmentally driven New Year’s resolution should be a prime thought for many of us. Our everyday choices make a massive impact on the world around us. So making a change does start with all of us."
The great news is - it doesn't need to be a life-changing choice. Becoming a more environmentally conscious household in 2023 starts with simple steps that can significantly impact our precious world.
"Just making small changes over a period of time can help you and your friends and family reduce their carbon footprint and help the earth," Steele says. "If we all make collective steps to become more eco-friendly in our everyday approach, our earth will benefit as too the lives of our future generations."
- Make a Household Environmental Plan
For example, consider reducing the number of times you use the household car, starting a compost pile, or being more vigilant with your recycling. Looking around your home and seeing where you could increase your environmentally friendly actions is a beautiful way to start the New Year.
"Choosing to walk or bike to work a few days per week or starting up a carpool system can help reduce your emissions and help the environment," Steele says. "Plus, it sets a wonderful example to our children and allows them to see the important role we all play in helping our environment."
Other ideas include;
- Choosing more sustainable products for your everyday life
- Refuse disposable coffee cups and invest in a reusable option
- Stop purchasing non-biodegradable or compostable plastics
- Consider eco-friendly refillable water bottles
- Replace old light bulbs with energy-saving options
- Planting native trees
- Conserving more water
- Recycle consciously and correctly
- Get Active In Your Local Community
"Communities that band together on an environmental front have been proven to increase interest in eco-friendly activities and encourage others to get involved," Steele says. "It's as easy as volunteering your time for local clean-ups and conservation projects."
- Get Savvier with Eco-Friendly Options
"It's as easy as switching out some of your everyday items, such as plastic wrap, nappy bags, sandwich bags, and even dog waste bags, with a biodegradable, compostable option," Steele says. "Businesses can also opt for better packaging with biodegradable, compostable mail bags and recyclable preferences."
- Water Water Everywhere
"Installing water-saving devices is one way a home can cut down on their water wastage," Steele recommends. "Also keep vigilant with any possible leaks, and fix them accordingly."
- Cut Down on Rubbish
"Choosing to no longer purchase certain items can hugely impact the amount of rubbish you create," Steel says. "This can easily be monitored every week on your rubbish collection day on how full your bin is."