As the year comes to a close, we will all be making resolutions for the New Year to be better versions of ourselves and to make positive changes in our lives. Taking care of the planet is complimentary to taking care of ourselves. Let’s look at 20 ways one can pledge to be better, for the planet and therefore for oneself, in the coming year.
- Reduce/Avoid/Ditch PLASTIC BAGS at all costs
Buy nude veggies and fruits from your local market or vendors and not the plastic-clad ones. Supermarkets sell vegetables and fruits unnecessarily packed in plastic. And as we know by now, PLASTIC is a monster. So, make sure to carry your own cloth bag whenever you step out to buy something.
2. Say NO to SINGLE-USE BOTTLES and CUPS
Invest in a good reusable water-bottle and keep-cup and carry it with you always. You receive discounts and bonus loyalty points if you bring your own coffee mug to Starbucks. It is not only good for the planet but saves you a lot of money. So it’s a win-win.
3. Sail past the SALEs
SALEs were a bi-annual affair until a few years ago (at least in INDIA) but now there’s a new sale every week, least to say. And I understand that its hard to say no to tempting deals and discounts but that is turning us into wasteful freaks, to be honest. More often we tend to buy an item on sale because of the ‘lucrativeness of the offer’ than ‘its utility.’ So next time you WANT to buy something, ask yourself if you really NEED that item. And if the answer to that question is in the negative or a maybe, practice self-restraint and move past it.
4. Buy in bulk
Plan your trips to the Grocer or supermarket and buy staple items in bulk. Bulk buying has many benefits. It saves a lot of time and money. It also saves one from a lot of needless plastic packaging. For example, buying a big can oil cooking oil is better than buying several small bottles. It is the same thing, just with more plastic. If possible…