Are you looking for ways to minimise your environmental impact and aren’t sure where to start? Or have you been telling yourself you will start next month, but never end up starting? 

We always want to set goals and be 'better', however, it can seem overwhelming to set goals that will actually make a difference against climate change and protecting our Ocean.

We've got you covered. Here are some actions you can keep!

Action 1: Reduce your Plastic Footprint

Cut down on what you throw away. 12.7 million tonnes of plastic enter our Ocean each year. By changing our relationship with single-use plastic will make a big impact. 

Check out our blog on the 20 Actions to Reduce and Reuse Plastic and why not see if you can tick one action off each month?

Action 2: Avoid Fast Fashion

The fashion industry needs to fundamentally change to reduce the environmental impact of fast fashion. However, there are steps we can take to reduce our own fast fashion footprint, whilst also staying on top of our fashion game. 

The next time you are about to add items to your basket, why not run through this checklist?

  • Where is this item from?
  • Do I already have a similar item?
  • Do I really need this?
  • Can this be reused 
  • Can I up-cycle it into something else after I'm finished?
  • Can I extend its lifespan by repairing if it breaks?
  • Is this a single-use item and if yes, can I find a planet friendly version?

Asking yourself these questions will be a great first step to minimising your clothes consumption for the year.

Check out our blog that dives deeper into the impact of fast fashion and its impact on our Ocean. 

 

Action 3: Spending time in nature whilst tackling carbon emissions 

The pandemic pushed more people to grow their own food —but another way to flex those new gardening skills is by planting a mini carbon sink in your garden or neighbourhood green space. First, do a bit of research on what shrubs, trees, and grasses are native to your region; you’ll want to choose species that are good at storing carbon in their leaves and roots, and are beneficial for insects and other wildlife. Then visit local nurseries or growers to see what the availability is like. You’ll want to map out your garden before the frost lifts, because it’s going to be crunch time after that.

This is a resolution that ticks all the boxes. It's a great way to clear your mind, spend more time in nature, and reduce carbon emissions in your area. 

Action 4: Change up your eating patterns

Many of us aren't ready to commit to Vegan-uary as soon as the new year kicked in, but introducing a vegetarian or vegan meal once a week sounds doable. 

Substitute your meat for lentills, beans, roasted cauliflower, tofu, chickpeas, jackfruit...the list is endless. Check out a list of meat alternatives here to get you started.