Eco-Friendly Gifts Blog: 9 New Year's Resolutions To Help The Environment In 2020
The pounds have been piled on, mass amounts of mince pies have been consumed, a ridiculous amount of sherry has been drank, too many bad christmas movies have been watched, all the celebrations have been eaten, and you are now inundated with socks and pants from christmas stockings.
But now the new year is upon us, everyone is thinking about new year's resolutions. Whether you love them or hate them, they are here to stay. Ever thought about making your new year's resolutions helpful to the environment?
With plastic pollution on the rise, and global warming taking its toll, we look at nine new year's resolutions to help the environment.
We're also going to give a case study on how our Pampering Gift Sets provide a plastic free alternative to luxury gifts.
1) Work Out OUTSIDE?!
Exercising outside is a novel idea, we know.
But what are the effects of using a treadmill or cycling machine inside a gym? A gym requires heating and electricity to keep on running (terrible pun), so why not give exercising outside a go?
There are huge added benefits that come from exercising outside compared to inside, and these effects are more prominent in winter. We know the idea of going for a run in the freezing cold is not instantly appealing, but have a look at these reasons why you should try it.
As well as all those benefits, you will be using far less electricity by going for a jog than running on a treadmill. A single treadmill in use by itself doesn't require a huge amount of electricity to operate, but when thousands of them are being used across the world every day, it soon adds up.
2) Grow Your Own Veg
Another great way to burn of those christmas pounds is to eat healthy.
Growing your own vegetables is not only great for the environment, it gives you access to healthy, quality food that you can choose over nipping down the local for some discounted mince pies.
Eating your 'five a day' has been proven to decrease the risk of health conditions such as heart disease and strokes.
As well as being great for your health, the carbon emissions from growing your own food will be far, far lower than buying food in a supermarket.
Have a look at this table showing the potential distance your food could have travelled to be on your plate. (Unless you are very, very rich, we assume your back garden is less than a mile away.)
Your back garden air miles
Saudi Arabia (3,100 miles)
Thailand (5,900 miles)
Israel - (2,200 miles )
Peru - (6,300 miles)
If all those reasons don't convince you to grow your own veg, it's also a great wallet saver! Have a look at this blog to show the fantastic savings you could make.
3) Plastic Free Tea Bags
We are based in the UK, so tea is EVERYTHING to us.
We know that microplastics are tiny, but all the small things add up very quickly when you know how much tea is consumed every day.
But fear not, there are plastic free tea bags to save the caffeinated day. Have a look at this list showing which brands to pick if you want (or need) the tea you're craving, but don't want the plastic included in the deal.
4) Bring Your Own Shopping Bag
Plastic carrier bags have become a well known image.
Not in a supermarkets, but in landfill and the natural marine environment. We are actually making great progress in reducing the amount of plastic carrier bags being sold each year, but there is still a long way to go.
The average consumer buys 10 carrier bags every year, compared to 140 before the 5p charge was introduced.
This shows how much that the small things really do make a BIG difference, if they are acted upon at a national, and international level.
There are lots of great options out there for buying reusable bags that will last for years. Or, if you're only getting a few items, just think: do I really need that bag?
Pampering Gift Sets: Case Study
Although you might have just been gifted out over the holiday season, we thought we would share how our Pampering Gift Sets are showing that luxury can be sustainable.
Containing many eco-friendly cosmetics such as organic shampoo bars, moisturizing bars and luxury rosewood soaps, our Pampering Gift Sets are the perfect gift to relax and rejuvenate.
As well as the products having no, or minimal plastic, the same rules also apply to the packaging. Presented in a beautiful wicker basket, the Pampering Gift Sets shout luxury.
5) Give Unwanted Items To Charity
If you've been given loads of clothing this christmas, you know the struggle of trying to fit it all into your chest of drawers.
So why not free up a bit of space by donating your old clothes? Charity shops and clothes banks accept different items, so it is worth giving them a call first to find out what they want and don't want.
A staggering £130 million pounds worth of clothing ends up in landfill each year, and so much of that could be donated to help someone less fortunate.
Donating clothes also reduces the demand for new clothing to be produced - with new clothing comes more plastic, and more microplastics entering the freshwater environment.
6) Stand Up For What You Believe In
With the new year comes a whole list of things that we would all like to see done differently.
It gives us a chance to reflect on what's important to us, and where we want to see change.
A great way of doing all of this is to sign a petition. When 10,000 signatures are reached for a petition in the UK, the government has to legally respond to it.
If you're sitting at home reading this, and you are thinking about taking positive action to reduce the amount of plastic being produced, or the damaging effect that plastic has on our natural environment, why not do something about it?
Try signing a petition that demands for action to be taken. Or even better, you have the right to start your own petition.
A commonly used organization to do this is Change.org. You never know, you might be sitting here in a year having done something amazing, something that has changed the world.
7) Get Cozy With A Blanket
In the winter season, things get cold.
We get cold, you get cold, everything just gets cold. So it's a temptation to whack the heating up to full, and sit back in your pants to watch a movie.
Overheating homes is a well known way of creating unnecessary emissions that contribute to global warming.
As is common with environmentally friendly ideas, turning down the heating will also save you money. Putting on that extra layer, or snuggling up under a warm blanket, is a great way to reduce your heating bills, and the emissions that come with it.
8) Go Compostable Instead Of Conventional Plastic
We think that going compostable is the future.
Well, it's not exactly the future because compostable bioplastic is already here.
Bioplastics are similar to conventional fossil plastics such as HDPE, but there are a couple of key differences. Bioplastics are produced from renewable resources, have the ability to biodegrade, or both.
Our gifts containing compostable items can be fully composted using LFHP Zero. This means zero waste goes to landfill, guaranteed.
The best thing about using compostable items such as plates and cups, is that they don't have to be washed up. Food is compostable as well, so you can send it all back to us using LFHP Zero.
(Conventional plastic is unlikely to be recycled if there are food traces.)
Bioplastics such as PLA are a great alternative to plastic, with huge benefits compared to the fossil fuel based thermoplastics we are used to.
We love biodegradable and compostable items, because they have the potential to create a closed loop, which is fantastic for the environment.
For something to be compostable, it must biodegrade in a certain period of time into usable compost.
This enables a zero waste situation, with all the waste being transformed into compost. This compost can then be used to grow plants, which are then made into bioplastic. And the loop goes on.
9) Volunteer At A Dog Shelter
This is our last, and arguably most important new year's resolution. 'What does it have to do with the environment?' we hear you ask.
Nothing. But we love dogs, and we hope you do too.
Volunteering at a shelter could dramatically improve a dog's life, and even better if you do it on a regular basis. You never know, you might even adopt a good boi if you fall in love with one.
So that's it for our new year's resolutions to help the environment (or not so for the last one) in 2020. We wish you all the best for the year ahead, and hope you reach all your goals!
Gifts For Eco Warriors
Our collection of gifts for eco warriors are built around sustainability. Through introducing schemes like LFHP Zero, we are reducing waste sent to landfill with every order.
When creating our range gifts for eco warriors, we saw that there were many gifts out there that are sustainable in creation, but not in the total cradle to grave assessment. By judging our gifts on the entire life cycle, each gift makes a positive difference.
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