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3 New Year’s Resolutions to Make Right Now

By now, it’s likely your goals for the year ahead are already committed into the fresh pages of your 2018 diary, but if there’s space for a few late additions consider these resolutions to make a change for good this year.

1. Join the Reuse Revolution

Some of us have been holding the flag for this revolution for some time, but thanks to the media coverage, a new wave of interest has sparked a serious call for action against plastic pollution. Reaching a wider audience than ever, David Attenborough’s Blue Planet 2 revealed the haunting reality of plastic waste, spelling out the problem clearer than ever.

It might seem like a big step going completely waste-free, but there are some small steps you can take to make a difference. Here are some ideas to get you started:

~ Instead of drinking out of disposable plastic bottles, bring a stainless-steel water bottle and fill it up as you go.

~ Bring your reusable bags whenever you shop- you can save between 400 and 600 plastic bags per year!

~ Refuse the straw next time you’re ordering a drink- you could try carrying a reusable one with you.

2. Keep Food Out of the Bin

Food waste is an environmentally catastrophic issue and is a huge culprit in destroying our planet- if food waste were a country it would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases. It’s easy to push the blame up the supply chain (it’s well-deserved criticism up there too), but 50% of food waste still takes place in our homes.

The good news, however, if you take up a few of these tips there’s advantages for your pocket as well as the planet:

~ Get to know your fridge and keep an eye on ‘use-by’ dates on perishables to use them before it’s too late.

~ There are some great recipes out there to use up your leftovers, why not try a new one out to avoid waste.

~ Download a food sharing app like Olio, to connect your unwanted food to a neighbour who can put it to good use.

3. Eat Meat Without a Guilty Conscience

While a record number of people have signed up to Veganuary this year, not everyone wants to cut meat out entirely (and that’s okay with us), but there are a few things you can do to contribute to a more sustainable future of food. Here are some tips to make informed decisions about what’s going on your plate:

~ Eat a little less meat; it’ll cut your carbon footprint, save you money and can improve your health- here’s some recipe inspiration to get you motivated.

~ Keep an eye out for the RSPCA Assured logo so you can trust your meat is high welfare.

~ Try cooking with some unusual cuts, they’re often much cheaper, and it will also help to stop wastage.

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