Updated: Jan 10, 2020
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.
Switch to a metal safety razor
Use cotton cosmetic rounds instead of disposable cotton ball or wipes
Buy a cleansing bar to use instead of bottled
Choose foundation in cardboard rather than plastic
Use a bar of hand soap instead of bottled
Buy recycled or bamboo toilet paper
Ditch plastic cotton swabs for bamboo ones (or none at all)
Choose washable cloth sponges over plastic sponges
Swap cling film for wax wraps
Buy wooden scrubbing brushes over plastic
Create or buy an ‘on-the-go’ zero waste kit and take it with you
Say no to plastic straws, cutlery and cups
Replace broken plastic lunch boxes with durable metal tins
Switch to deodorant in a cardboard tube
Buy coral safe suncream in a tin
Swap plastic floss for compostable floss
Use a bamboo toothbrush instead of plastic
Choose mouthwash tablets over bottled
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
Swap detergent for soapnuts
Hang your laundry to air dry over using a tumble dryer
Use a zero waste stain remover bar
Say no to fast fashion
Buy second hand or high quality clothes that will last
Learn how to sow and fix your clothes
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
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.