At the beginning of each year we all start to think about resolutions we can adopt to help improve our lives in some way. Whether it’s for our physical health, our mental health, to learn a new skill, to save money, or to read more we all undoubtedly want a better version of ourselves in 2022.
Once you’ve decided on your resolution the best way to help stick to it is to think of small achievable goals which help you maintain your new habits.
At Ecohuman, (unsurprisingly) our resolution is to stay sustainable and adopt even more habits to help us keep living a green life and if you’re here we’re guessing you may have similar goals!
With the ongoing climate crisis, more and more of us are taking those steps to be eco-friendly and opting for more sustainable options to help our planet.
Below we’ve come up with a plethora of easy habits you can adopt in 2022. Sustainability is not a one size fits all approach so make the lifestyle changes that jump out at you initially and add more to your green bank when you can:
Around the Home
- Turn off lights when you’re not using them
- Make sure you are hanging your clothes in a dry, well-ventilated room. Humidity just hinders your clothes’ ability to dry properly.
- Learn how to sew and mend your clothes.
- Close doors to rooms that aren’t being used and switch off the heating and use draft excluders to fight off the cold temperatures.
- Repair the items that you can.
- Opt for more sustainable pet products.
- Instead of pouring out your undrunk water glasses, save this water for your indoor and outdoor plants.
- Recycle everything you possibly can.
- Donate your used and unused items.
- Switch to LED lightbulbs if you haven’t already.
- Make the switch to more sustainable cleaning products.
In the Kitchen
- Ditch the cling film and use wax wraps and containers instead.
- Meal plan and prepare a shopping list – going food shopping without a list is never a good idea, especially if you’re hungry!
- Grow your own herbs and vegetables to avoid food waste. Smart Gardens are the easiest way to get started on that green thumb.
- Make sure your washing machine is as full as reasonably possible when running a cycle to make the most out of the water and energy used.
- Turn off and unplug any unused appliances.
- Don’t overfill your kettle.
- Reduce your meat consumption – Meatless Mondays are a good start!
- Make the most of your leftovers and vegetable scraps.
- Switch to a plant milk – our favourite is Oatly Barista.
- Use your dishwasher, and only run it when it’s full. Dishwashers are much more energy efficient than washing dishes by hand.
In the Bathroom
- Turn off the tap whilst you’re brushing your teeth.
- Jump out the shower a couple of minutes sooner than usual.
- Make the switch to bamboo toothbrushes. Bamboo toothbrushes offer a multitude of environmental benefits and you’ll barely notice the change in your routine.
In the Bedroom
- Invest in bamboo bedding or organic cotton sheets
Health & Beauty
- Swap your shower gel or shampoo for a soap bar or shampoo bars.
- Invest in some re-usable cotton pads or cloths.
- Opt for period pants or moon cups instead of tampons and pads.
- Shop organic, vegan & eco-friendly health and beauty products.
- Ditch plastic razors for re-usable ones.
- Avoid printing emails, only print when necessary!
- Commute via public transport or cycle if you can.
- Use the stairs instead of the lift to get those steps in.
Out & About
- Bring your reusable water bottle with you everywhere.
- While we’re at it, don’t forget your re-usable coffee mugs!
- Walk or cycle whenever you can
- Say no to plastic straws & cutlery if not necessary.
- Even better, take your own re-usable straw & cutlery.
- Share car rides with your friends
- Remember to take your re-usable shopping bags with you. Make sure you have plenty in the car for regular use.
- Shop local and support your neighbourhood small businesses.
- From books, to clothes, to furniture we should opt to buy preloved when we can.
- Charity shops, eBay, Facebook Marketplace are useful in helping you avoid fast fashion. And who doesn’t love a bargain!
- Opt for organic produce – less water and no pesticides means it’s better for you and for the planet
- Choose produce that’s in season.