10 Sustainable Lifestyle New Year’s Resolutions To Live Your Fullest Life In 2019
The New Year is right around the corner, and that means a fresh start! January is the perfect time to kickstart the life you want to live–not just for yourself–but for the planet. This is where a sustainable lifestyle comes into play. Below we’ve outlined 10 sustainable lifestyle resolutions for the New Year. We only get one planet; let’s take care of it!
1) Switch out the lightbulbs in your house to more energy-efficient options.
Compact fluorescent lights (CFL) and light-emitting diode (LED) are the two types of energy-efficient light bulbs available today. These options are great because not only do they save you money on your electric bill, but these bulbs also cut down on greenhouse gas emissions significantly.
2) Walk where you can, whenever you can.
It’s good for your heart, your mind, and the planet. Walking instead of using your car helps reduce pollution and is a staple of a sustainable lifestyle. So pop in your headphones, get a good Spotify playlist going, and hit the pavement.
3) Embrace minimalism in a way that makes sense to you.
Minimalism. We hear about it all the time, from Instagram to the latest article touting the benefits of cutting out the excess. However, it’s important to note that minimalism is not a one size fits all model. It is, in fact, very tailorable to your life and values. As well, it also forces us to examine our consumption habits and purchase and invest in products that have more of a sustainable impact on the environment and also maximize their potential and use.
4) Switch to organic beauty products.
Organic beauty products are better not only for your health but the environment as well. For one, non-organic beauty products contain so many chemicals, such as phthalates, parabens, petroleum waxes and others, which go right into your body. Not so great. As well, when these chemicals can harm our water supply and local ecosystems. Also not so great. Instead, switch to organic beauty products which have better ingredients and don’t harm our health or the earth.
5) Use organic cleaners instead.
Along the same lines as organic beauty products, organic cleaners don’t contain those harmful ingredients that hurt our health and our earth. As well, the manufacturing of these cleaners use sustainable practices, as well as naturally derived, safe, non-toxic, and biodegradable ingredients.
6) Quit the fast fashion.
Fast fashion is convenient because it’s cheap and quick. However, in the long-run, it isn’t great for your wallet because you’re constantly replacing these items and it actually wreaks havoc on the planet because of all the waste and toxic chemicals used to create these clothing pieces. Instead, invest in quality fashion essentials from sustainable clothing brands to enjoy a well-fitted wardrobe that will look great for years to come, and reduce your environmental footprint.
7) Shift your clothes washing habits.
Save water. Save the planet. Make sure you’re using the most efficient methods possible when doing your laundry. So much water is wasted when doing these types of chores, so make sure you’re doing minimal loads as often as possible. Oh, and make sure you’re using an organic laundry detergent, too!
8) Spend more time in nature.
It will for sure remind you of what you’re trying to preserve in the first place and keep you mindful of everything this beautiful planet has to offer. Plus, it’s good for your mental health and is a sustainable activity that won’t cost money or natural resources. So go on a hike or simply sit outside and listen to nature’s symphony of sounds. You’ll be happy you did.
9) Buy local produce.
Local produce not only supports our local economy, it also supports our health and environment. Eating locally also reduces CO2 emissions and preserves green space. Visit your local farmers’ market whenever you can or shop at places you know source locally. The difference is there. Make it.
10) Embrace discomfort and be willing to try new things!
Living in a more sustainable, intentional, and mindful way means changing habits and embracing the discomfort of trying new things. As human beings, we crave comfort and familiarity. This is totally normal. But growth requires a bit of change and being uncomfortable. It also means confronting ways we may have not been living our best in the past and acknowledging our shortcomings. Not always fun. But it is necessary. So dive into 2019 with an open mind, heart, and eyes.