5 EASY SUSTAINABLE ZERO WASTE RESOLUTIONS TO START THE NEW YEAR 2021
The New Year is approaching and along with it new resolutions. It is a known fact that with new years, months and even weeks come followed by resolutions. Resolutions can be said to either be new or most times improvement to your lifestyle so as to give as to give a boost or advancement to your present life. The main aim of new year’s resolutions is so as to see a major difference between the end of the previous year and the end of the new one.
Are you uncomfortable with the way you spent year 2020 waste wise? Do you feel guilty somehow? Not to worry!
Specifically, this article is going to discuss different ways to make sustainable zero waste resolutions in the year 2021.
The amount of plastic, bags, glass items that were transported to landfills passed the millions. However, thankfully several ways to reduce waste has been introduced ranging from sustainable manufacturing to the disposal.
- Give more attention to sustainable products
Thankfully, companies are going into production using sustainability as a benchmark. Giving attention to sustainable products will in turn give rise to awareness amongst masses. Even still, when attention is paid to these products, it will be easy to compare with other products, compare the differences as well as see the importance of purchasing these products. Noticing the decline in personal waste on purchasing sustainable products can lead to word of mouth marketing by informing others also on the importance of sustainable products to the planet in waste decrease and even during extraction of raw materials!
For a product to be sustainable, the product must possess human, social, economic and ecological significance from the time of excavation of raw materials to the point of finish.
Sustainable products are eco-friendly as well as being friendly to the humans because of their avoidance of certain chemicals. For example paraben free and aluminum free deodorants. Some companies however, proclaim to be sustainable when they do not show human, ecological, economic and social significance of sustainability but rather care only for their profits.
Purchasing sustainable products helps to cut down on your amount of plastics, wrappers, bags headed for landfills.
One way to note sustainable products is by the different types of seals that they possess, examples include the Green seal, the Nordic seal among others.
- Patronize local Products
Carbon footprint is directly proportional to the increase in distance; that is, as the distance increases so does carbon emissions whether by vehicles or feet.
If you can get the same product within your neighborhood at around similar prices, there is absolutely no need to travel miles to get it. By purchasing from local sellers or farmers, you ensure positive attention is given to the human and social significance of sustainability.
Noticeably, airplanes consume more fuel during take-off and landing, but these can’t be totally curbed as people will always need to travel, however if there is an alternative like train travel, you should say goodbye to short flights. Some airline companies on another hand are incorporated into sustainability projects such as providing their costumers with the opportunity to plant trees at low prices thereby absorbing the large amount of carbon that is emitted into the atmosphere.
If there is one thing that should be at the top of your 2021 sustainability list, it should be volunteering.
Volunteering shows its effect in every sector of sustainability as you can volunteer in almost every area. Whether in planting trees or helping out in other areas, volunteering stands out. An amazing thing about volunteering is that you give, now this may not be giving back but giving out a you render assistance to those who you may not know but could use the help. We sure do not need to tell you that you could render help in different areas such as monetary giving, time giving or skill giving. You could wrap up your leftovers and give them to those in the homeless shelter or give a hand in the clinic, home for the aged among other ideas.
When you hear the word, “donation”, what comes to mind? Giving right? In this case, donation can be said to be of the same family with volunteering as they both give without expecting anything in return. However, while you can volunteer your time, help and services, you donate things. Things like money, clothes, food can be donated. In the world where we live in, there are always people who have a serious need for certain things, you could give out new or used clothing, baskets, sporting materials, practically anything and everything that has a sense of worth.
Places such as shelters, orphanage homes, correction facilities, clinics and homes for children with dis-abilities can be donated to. Most of this places which are private run on Donations and volunteering. Items such as uncooked foods or money can go a long way. There are several regions in Asia and Africa where immunization and 3 square meals is a joke for children, thankfully however, there are several organizations working to render assistance the residents of such region. These organizations are open for donations from round the world giving you a chance to also render help without leaving your comfort zone.
- Reuse Packages
One thing I have learnt over time that saves money, time and also prevent large amount of carbon footprint is the re-use of package wrappers. Christmas and New year celebrations have begun and with them comes an influx of gifts, some of which are wrapped, others packaged and the rest bagged. Gifts wrappers are not recycled because the ink on them makes them hard to and so increase in the dump in land fills.
Oh, it makes things easy now that some products employ the use of paper packaging especially natural deodorants at Paper cosmetics which uses Paper Tube packaging.
One thing I have done is the re-use of a gift wrapper, whilst names are usually not written on either wrappers or bags, it makes it easier to use for any sort of celebration! You can keep the wrappers which can be re-used in a later which leads to less waste produced by you.