Last Updated on March 6, 2021 by Lori Geurin
Health-related resolutions are always a good idea when it comes to making a change in the new year. However, if that’s not what you’re looking for in 2020, then consider centering your resolutions around making environmentally-conscious decisions instead.
Here are three unique and simple changes you can make to your life this new year.
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Eco-Friendly Changes For A Healthy 2020
1. Buy eco-conscious clothing.
Learning how to shop for brands that have ethical values is vital to living an eco-friendly life. You don’t want to buy from companies that don’t treat their employees or the planet with respect.
Fast fashion brands have become popular over the past few decades because they offer affordable clothing for people from all walks of life. However, I don’t think these brands will last in the coming decade. People are becoming more eco-conscious and often want to support brands that are doing the same.
The most important thing you can do when it comes to buying new clothes is to research clothing brands that are breaking ethical boundaries.
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2. Switch out your self-care products.
It’s easy to pass over products like body wash, contacts, or makeup when you’re thinking of reducing plastic or removing toxic ingredients from your life. Yet many of these self-care products pose a lot of issues. Luckily, there are easy ways to cut back on plastic use without compromising the products you love using or need.
When shopping for makeup or skincare products, choose brands that are transparent about their efforts to source materials ethically and naturally. The makeup you use should be clean and free of toxic chemicals, which can seep into your skin and be dangerous to your body.
If you wear contact lenses that come in plastic packs, you can still reduce the waste you use by switching your contact lens provider. Warby Parker, a long-standing leader in the eyeglasses and sunglasses space, has recently introduced its eco-friendly brand of contact lenses, Scout.
Unfortunately, traditional contact lens packaging contributes to unnecessary waste. But these packs use almost 80 percent less packaging than other options on the market. Bonus: they’re cute and small enough to fit in your purse!
3. Start composting
What do you usually do with your leftover fruits, vegetables, and other organic materials? In all likelihood, you, me (and many other people) are throwing out items that can be composted on a weekly basis! According to a survey of 2,000 people, 72% of Americans do not compost their food waste.
Composting may sound daunting, but it’s actually really simple and has a huge positive impact on the environment. Simply put, many organic materials can be repurposed as a sort of fertilizer.
Your “trash” may help give garden vegetables a stronger start at life. This reduces both waste and the need to use potentially toxic fertilizer. Composting can be done on your own, but if you don’t know how or would rather leave it to the experts, you can find out if your community has a composting organization through a simple Google search.
Summary – Eco-Friendly Changes
As we enter 2020 and reflect on our choices, it’s smart to keep the environment’s health (and ultimately your own) in mind when it comes to resolutions. I hope these quick tips give you some simple ideas to get started!
Do you practice any of these? What eco-friendly changes can you add for a healthy 2020?
Share your thoughts below!
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