With more and more people growing concerned about the environment and their personal impact on it, going green is a trend that has been continuing to rise in recent times and will hopefully only get bigger.
Whether you’re new to the whole idea of living an eco-friendly lifestyle or are used to doing your bit to help the planet with recycling, energy saving and more, a great resolution to have for 2018 is to live an even greener lifestyle.
The good news is that there’s no need to invest in a hybrid car or use solar panels to go green – although these are both great ideas if you can afford them. Here are some simple swaps that you can make in your daily life to ensure that you’re being as environmentally friendly as possible.
Simple Swaps for a Greener Lifestyle this Year
Reusable Shopping Bags
Buying plastic grocery bags each time you go shopping can harm the environment more than you realize. Although you can help to scale back some of the damage by keeping hold of and reusing your plastic bags later, the best way to approach this issue is to try and avoid buying them at all.
Instead, why not consider purchasing organic, reusable shopping bags in bulk and taking these along with you to the grocery store every time – it’s not only kinder to the planet, but it also works out cheaper!
Green Household Cleaners
Did you know that the products that you use to keep your home clean and fresh have more of an impact on the planet than you might realize?
Switching to greener brands of household cleaners will reduce air pollution both inside and outside of your home, along with being kinder for your health by reducing asthma and allergy triggers, and reducing your risk of exposure to harmful chemicals.
Donate Unwanted Goods
When it comes to recycling, there are several other options to choose from along with the traditional ones of putting your recyclable materials into their designated bin. For example, if you have clothes, toys, furniture and other household items that you no longer need, then donating them to your local thrift store or a charity that helps poorer families in your local area can be a great way of recycling, doing some good, and making sure that your things can get as much use as possible.
With Veganuary in full swing, more and more people are considering cutting meat out of their diets this New Year. Even if you don’t feel ready to give up chicken or beef altogether, having ‘meatless Mondays’ or cutting your meat intake down to just one or two days in the week can make a huge difference.
Did you know that swapping to having just one meal a week that does not contain meat for a family of four has the same positive environmental effect as driving a hybrid car? When you do eat meat, lessen your environmental impact by going for sustainably-raised options.
Are you going to take on any of these changes for your family life in 2018? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.