Our friends at EcoCult (www.ecocult.com) have pulled together a great list of eco-resolutions. Take a look and see which one might work for you in 2018.
- Visit the farmer’s market at least once a month.
- Decrease my meat consumption to once a day or once a week.
- Move away from packaged foods to fresh ingredients that come unwrapped, in bulk, or from the produce aisle.
- Read the ingredient list of any packaged foods you do buy.
- Try buying only organic groceries.
- Sign up for a CSA.
- When planning dinners out, make them at farm-to-table restaurants.
- Reduce my landfill-bound waste. Put together a waste-free shopping kit of three reusable grocery bags, 10 reusable produce bags, and five mason jars. Keep by the door for easy shopping!
- Pack a snack each day in a reusable bag. So you don’t buy packaged snacks on the fly.
- Download and use the Clean Plates app.Find healthy food options near you.
- I will invest in a reusable water bottle, reusable travel coffee mug, and a foldable reusable bag. Always check to see that you have them before you leave.
- Start a food garden,whether it’s a rooftop one, windowsill herbs, or a big plot in your backyard.
Beauty & Fashion
- Look up all beauty productsin the EWG’s Skin Deep database, Good Guide, or the Think Dirty app.
- When you run out of each beauty or personal care product, buy a replacement in the non-toxic version.(Try my Shopping Guide for help here.)
- Find a “clean air” hair salon in your area.
- Go on a shopping fast for one, three, six, or 12 months.
- Buy only from vintage or resale stores for one, three, six, or 12 months.
- Choose quality over quantity. Save up so you can buy high-quality, long lasting fashion items, instead of a bunch of cheap things. (Try my Shopping Guide for help here.)
- Buy only items made in America, or only items made by artisan groups.
- Go cruelty free or vegan. Cruelty-free: No animal products unless obtained in a cruelty-free way, such as alpaca that has been sheared. Vegan: No animal products at all.
- Do not put any clothing in the garbage bin. Donate or recycle it.
- Buy natural fibers,such as cotton, silk, linen, hemp, wool, alpaca, cashmere, modal, and Tencel/lyocell. Avoid synthetic fibers such as nylon and polyester. (Or only buy polyester if it is made from recycled bottles.)
- Buy jewelry made from recycled metals and ethically sourced stones.
- Replace cleaning products with non-toxic and reusable ones.
- Switch to clean electricity.
- Start composting.
- Buy only local and seasonal flowers.
- Try the 100-thing challenge.
Advocacy and Education
- Watch one documentary a monthon a sustainable topic.
- Read one non-fiction booka month on a sustainable topic.
- Share important articles on Facebook to educate your friends!
- Write your representative about something important.
- Join a local march or protest.
- Set up a recurring donation to an environmental non-profit.