These past two years have been a tumultuous time for all of us including the environment. So, in 2022 why not try to better yourself while also showing a little love to Mother Earth?
Ready to get started? Read below for some of our favorite, eco-conscious New Year’s resolutions.
Declutter and Donate!
Along with exercising and eating healthy, decluttering is one of the most popular goals for the new year. We’re all for decluttered, organized spaces but be aware of what you place in the trash pile. Instead of throwing away old clothing or other items that are no longer in use, do your best to donate. You should also upcycle when you can. Repurpose that old chest of drawers, turn a pair of jeans into a new sun hat, the possibilities are endless!
Rethink Your Products
While you’re on your decluttering journey, take that time to take a close look at your cosmetics and other personal care items. These products can have hidden pollutants like microplastics—
small plastic particles that pollute our lakes and oceans. Research eco-friendly options or make the switch to bars of soap. Palm oil, which can be found in things like body soap, is another red flag ingredient. Palm oil contributes to deforestation, climate change and often human rights violations. Check out this list of palm oil-free, eco-friendly cosmetics brands from Sustainable Jungle.
Make the Switch to Reusables
According to the United Nations Environment Programme, around five trillion single-use plastic bags are used worldwide annually. Unfortunately, it’s also estimated that 90% of single-use plastics are discarded and never recycled. So, if you haven’t already made the switch to reusable shopping bags, 2022 is the time! Plastic bags aren’t the only culprit though. Plastic straws and utensils are also harmful to the environment. Treat yourself to eco-friendly straws and a utensil set and say “no” to plastics in your next carryout order.