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Forget New Year’s resolutions, in 2019 it’s all about environmental pledges. So the question is what is your environmental pledge for 2019?
Why Make an Environmental Pledge for 2019?
Unless you’ve been on a deserted island for the whole of 2018 you will of heard something about the climate crisis that we currently find ourselves in. Whether that be a news report or a documentary about how we’re literally drowning in plastic.
In case you have been on that deserted island here’s a quick recap of the year…
“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” – Jade Goodall
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Environmental Pledge Ideas for You
Below are some environmental pledge ideas to get you started. I’ve broken them down into different sections depending on where you are in your sustainable lifestyle journey.
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Complete a waste audit for your home
Reduce what you buy – Choose quality over quantity
Say no to junk mail
Give up bottled water
Switch to a bamboo toothbrush
Turn off lights when you’re not in the room
Say no to plastic bags
Always remember your reusable shopping bags
Switch to reusable baking mats
Do a regular litter pick
Switch to paperless bills/statements
Always remember your reusable coffee mug when you go out
Use a reusable water bottle
Turn off the water whilst you’re brushing your teeth
Turn your thermostat down
Install low energy light bulbs throughout your house
Have one ‘meat free’ day a week
Buy local food
Switch to eco & zero waste treats for your dog
Reduce your food waste
Make your own cleaning supplies
Air dry your clothes
Switch to reusable food storage containers
Don’t leave appliances on standby
Switch to beeswax wraps instead of using cling film
Take public transport at least once a week
Switch to a water flosser
Take reusable cutlery out with you
Switch to a reusable safety razor
Rent items from your neighbours rather than buying new
Switch to reusable makeup wipes
Switch to green power for your home
Say no to plastic packaging
Plant a veg garden
Grow your own herbs
Plant a tree
Start your own composting system
Start making eco bricks
Switch to an alum stone
Make your own zero waste toothpaste
Don’t buy anything new for a year
Repair or upcycle worn out items in your home
Insulate your home properly
Get double glazing
Switch to reusable nappies & baby wipes
Walk any journey that is 30 minutes or less
Make your next car an electric car
Give up your car
Switch to a low flow shower head
Recycle everything that can be recycled
Have solar panels installed on your home
Switch to reusable menstrual products
Install a bidet attachment on your toilet
Give up loo roll
What do you think? Do any of those take your fancy?
Is there something that you think should be added to the list? If so leave your idea in the comments section below.
And don’t forget…
“The people who make the biggest difference are the ones who do the little things consistently.”
About Gina Caro
Gina is a content creator and award-winning blogger. Her aim is to help you live a more sustainable & simple life. Her blog covers zero waste, minimalism, wellbeing & thrift. She currently lives in Cornwall with her partner, two kids and Charles the dog.