You know how the story goes – you’ve put two peppers down on your shopping list, but now that you’re standing in the veggie aisle at the store… why not buy a few extra, just in case?
Or maybe, your story goes more like this: After two days of eating the same tomato pasta, it just doesn’t look that appetizing anymore… so you make something else, and the next time you see those leftovers? They’ve grown fur. Yikes.
Food waste is nothing new – we’ve all heard of it, and honestly, we’ve all done it. But according to a recent report by the UN, 931 million tonnes of food goes to waste every year – that’s 17% of all food produced globally. The figure is even higher in the US, with an estimated 30-40% going straight into the bin.
If your great grandparents had the opportunity to sit in your kitchen and watch you cook, they might be shocked at the things you throw away. That's because our understanding of waste has evolved. Items that were once held onto and reused are now quickly tossed in a trash bin and never given a second thought.
Imagine being able to buy an item you frequently buy just once. When you get it, it doesn’t come in a giant package that takes up half of your storage space. It’s also not 400 rolls or 1,000 items. It doesn’t require a trip to a giant department store on a busy Sunday. Imagine once a year, you bought something… like a plastic snack or sandwich bag and then didn’t think about buying bags again until the next year.
To create a waste-free world and limit plastic production, it's essential to promote zero waste awareness. A zero-waste approach to health, beauty, and general lifestyles can protect community health by reducing air, water, and soil pollution, as over time plastics and wasteful packaging can become highly regulated with proper public education and demand.
The food that we eat creates a big carbon footprint, even if you only eat produce. For example, first the product has to be grown, which can sometimes include usingharmful chemicals and pesticides. Then our food is often shipped a significant distance. Regularly, we transport food before it’s ripe, or it would be rotten by the time it got to you. Then there’s the carbon footprint of the store you buy the food at, and the waste that’s created if no one buys it. Last, going to the store is part of your carbon footprint if you drive.
You jot down a long list of climate-conscious goals while you’re feeling motivated and optimistic. This time you’re really going to do it. You arm yourself with a reusable bag and a habit tracker and dive right in.
But after only a couple of weeks, you start getting worn out. Eventually, you find yourself going back to your old habits.
Does this sound familiar? If so, you’re not alone. Most New Year’s Resolutions last an average of 36 days. However, this doesn’t mean you should give up on your plans! Working to make sustainable changes in your life is a critical goal — and it’s completely doable.
Making Your Goals More Sustainable
When you’re passionate about a cause, it’s easy to put too much pressure on yourself. That’s why we have some psychology-based tips to help you reach your goals.
Choose one or two goals to focus on at a time
Wait two or three weeks before adding new goals
Check in on your progress daily and weekly
Forgive yourself when you slip up — see it as a learning experience
Don’t wait for a new day, week, or month to start again
When you work on sustainable living gradually, it’s easier to make your new habits stick. To help you get started, we have 19 simple, sustainable ideas for the New Year. Add one or two to your routine and let us know how it goes!
We know that trying out a sustainable product that you’ve never used before can be intimidating. You don’t want to buy a product that you never end up using. You also don’t want to buy a product that doesn’t actually do a great job. And it’s hard to buy a product that’s more expensive than the product you normally buy. Especially when you’re harboring these functionality doubts.
With the end of the year just around the corner, many of us are itching to pull out our decorations, put on some classic Christmas tunes, and get tangled up in string lights and shining baubles. After all, decorating the tree is one of the best parts of the holidays.
The holidays are in full swing. It’s likely that somewhere in a closet, under a bed, or in your own super secret hiding spot - you have some holiday gifts that you haven’t wrapped yet. With more people turning to sustainable solutions, you may find yourself wondering, “What is the best option for sustainable gift wrapping this holiday season?”
As December draws near, so do the holidays in all their sparkling glory. And with pitch-dark evenings and dropping temperatures, it’s no wonder the end-of-year festivities are hard to resist – the twinkling lights and sparklingHoliday cards really do brighten the winter months.
But all that glitter isn’t just magically whipped out of thin air. Each year, tons of manufactured sparkly plastic pours out of factories across the world, slowly making their way into our ecosystems.
The holidays are an opportunity to make people feel loved and seen. We celebrate our most cherished relationships by exchanging gifts. Sometimes we also have to find a gift for someone we may not know well.