Many of us enter the new calendar year thinking - ‘what can I do to work on myself?’. But, the start of a new year can also be an excellent time to reflect and think about what we can do to work on our planet too. With global environmental issues continuing to dominate the news, it’s more important than ever to think about our personal impact on the planet in 2023.
There are so many easy changes that we can all make as individuals, and committing to these changes can make a world of difference. Small actions from every one of us can contribute to a much bigger positive change, and help best protect our planet for future generations.
In this post, we take a look at some of the ways you can be more sustainable over the next 12 months, so keep reading to learn more and incorporate these ideas into your daily life.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
One of the first steps you can take is to reduce your energy consumption. You can do this by simply turning off any appliances and lights when they’re not being used. If you want to take this even further, switch to an energy company that uses 100% green energy.
Secondly, reuse instead of single use. From plastic shopping bags to plastic bottles and cling film, single use has become commonplace, but it shouldn’t be. Reuse and help put an end to single use items.
Lastly, recycle and consider the packaging of everything you purchase. Buy drinks that are canned rather than in plastic bottles - especially water. Canned water such as RightWater’s canned spring water is the best choice.
This is infinitely recyclable canned water, which is 100% locally sourced Californian spring water. It’s made by nature right outside your backdoor, and all our packaging is 100% free of single-use plastic, so it’s a fantastic plastic free option.
Visit the RightWater online store to buy canned spring water in packs of 24 x 12 fl oz. for only $36.00.
Donate Your Stuff
There are so many items we keep that we don’t use anymore. If you spend just an hour on the weekend going through your home, you will find lots of things you no longer need or use. Instead of treating these unused items as trash, why not donate them?
As the saying goes, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure! But, remember to do your own research and make sure you properly dispose of anything you’re getting rid of.
Wash Your Clothes Less
Data shows that 25% of the carbon footprint from our clothing comes from the way we care for it, and 90% of clothing is thrown away long before it needs to be, as a result of fast fashion trends.
This year, you can live more sustainably by washing your clothes less. For example, jeans only need to be washed on every 10th wear. Washing your jeans less will make a small, but really positive impact. Also, choose an eco-friendly and refillable laundry detergent to make your washing more environmentally friendly overall.
Eat Less Meat and Dairy
Put simply, eating less meat and dairy is the number one way to reduce your individual carbon footprint. But, it’s not that easy for everyone to just cut out an entire food group, so try and start with the small actions like taking part in Meat Free Monday.
By not eating meat one day of the week, you will be doing something extra good for the planet and our future. And if you have already started cutting down on your meat and dairy consumption, then try Veganuary!
Veganuary is an annual challenge that encourages people to follow a vegan lifestyle for the month of January. It is a brilliant chance to not only challenge yourself and make a month-long commitment, but also discover exciting new food and recipes.
Donate to an Organisation That’s Advocating for Our Planet
Finally, think about putting aside a couple dollars a month to donate to a cause of your choice. This year, why not consider donating to our charity partner Drop4Drop, a clean water charity that works across the globe to alleviate the World Water Crisis.
If you’re wondering what this has to do with our environment, many people who do not have access to clean water are also suffering from the effects of climate change. So, donating to Drop4Drop could make a real difference.