Forget Zero Waste Resolutions: Focus on These 12 Eco Friendly Areas in 2020

Updated: Jan 10


If you want to be more eco-friendly in the New Year but don’t know where to start this list is for you.

Instead of setting lofty resolutions at the beginning of the year, look at these 12 specific areas in your zero waste journey so you can make effective and long term change in 2020.


Whilst going into the New Year with big dreams of going zero waste or being more eco friendly sounds great, how are you actually going to make them happen?


Instead of setting a big vague resolution or two, plan out your goal month by month to help make long term positive change the whole year long. We’ve come up with 12 different areas to focus on and some suggestions to get you started. The idea is to start a new one every month, and by the end of the month it will have become a habit.


Shower

Beauty

Bathroom

Kitchen

Takeout

Body

Teeth

Cleaning

  • Use a biodegradable coconut scrub pad

  • Make your own cleaning products from natural ingredients

  • Cut up an old towel or shirt to use as cleaning cloth

Laundry

Clothing

  • Say no to fast fashion

  • Buy second hand or high quality clothes that will last

  • Learn how to sow and fix your clothes

Food

  • Grow your own herbs in your garden, patio or window sill

  • Meal plan to use leftovers and reduce food waste

  • Research bulk or refill stores in your area

Giving

  • Give experiences, second hand or homemade gifts

  • Re-purpose newspaper, magazines or fabric as wrapping paper

  • Swap plastic tape for recyclable paper tape


Whilst you don’t need a new year to make positive life changes, the start of a new year somehow makes it easier to let go of the past, let go to what has been and to look to the future with refreshed hope and enthusiasm.


Whatever you do, please remember it’s not about being perfect, not every one of these will work for everyone. Do what you can and make the list your own so that is suitable for your lifestyle and budget.

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