Welcome to 2022! With a new year and a fresh start ahead of us, it’s the perfect time to set goals to improve your lifestyle and reduce your impact on the planet. Whether you're new to it or you're already practicing sustainable living, there's always a little more that can be done. For the Fuglies who want to make sustainable commitments part of their 2022 New Year Resolutions, here are six simple changes to make.
Each idea is scalable – you can set an ambitious goal, or just dip your toe in the waters – and easy for kids to get involved in too. Which resolutions will you try?
1. Meat-Free Days
Try going meat-free one day a week. Meat production is one of the biggest contributors of greenhouse gas emissions, so reducing your meat intake can help reduce your carbon footprint. Meat-free days can also inspire you to get more creative in the kitchen, taking advantage of the delicious plant-based foods to plan healthy meals.
2. Get Composting
Make 2022 the year you start a home compost or worm farm! Get your kit set up, and keep track of how much food waste is being saved from landfill. At the end of the year, you'll be able to calculate the total amount of methane emissions you've kept out of the atmosphere!
3. Reduce Water Usage
Small changes make a big difference when it comes to water consumption. Try timing and shortening the length of your showers, scraping your dishes instead of rinsing them, and commit to only running the washing machine or dishwasher with a full load. Take it to the next level by keeping a bucket in the shower and using the water on the garden, and installing water-saving devices on your taps. Conserving water is important for the health of our planet (and smaller water bills are a bonus!)
4. Invest in Renewables
Is investing on the stock market one of your goals for 2022? Research investing in renewable technology companies, or other business that have strong environmental and ethical practices. Explore the offerings on equity crowdfunding platforms like Birchal, which allows anyone to invest in for-purposes business. Just be sure to get financial advice before making any significant investment!
5. Get Involved in Your Community
Connecting with your community is one of the most important parts of leading truly sustainable lifestyle. Support local businesses that use eco-friendly practices, volunteer with beach or park clean-up groups or nature restoration projects, speak to local government representatives about plans to reduce emissions and protect the community from the impacts of climate change. Community action is so much powerful than individual action!