30 Ideas for a Greener New Year

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Last Updated on December 29, 2019

Heading into a new year I always think it’s great to have a mix of goals/resolutions including personal, career, relationship, and also things you can do to reduce your impact. So here are some ideas of things you might want to try this new year. Also check out last year’s post for more ideas!

Eco Resolution Ideas

  1. Switch to cloth napkins
  2. Start a compost or find somewhere you can compost
  3. Ditch the dryer sheets and fabric softener
  4. Make a habit of bringing reusable containers when you eat out for any leftovers
  5. Stop your junk mail delivery
  6. Plant pollinator friendly flowers in your garden on your balcony
  7. Grow your own veggies and herbs
  8. Ask for no receipt when shopping
  9. Save paper by borrowing books from the library, getting them used, or listening to audio books
  10. Turn off computers and other electronics when not in use
  11. Support local farmers and makers by shopping from local markets
  12. Shop your closet before buying new clothes
  13. Save plastic bottles by making your own salad dressings
  14. Used waxed cloth wraps instead of plastic wrap
  15. Get your bills sent electronically
  16. Keep some reusable cutlery in your bag to avoid the plastic ones
  17. Learn to mend your clothes or how about learning to sew your own clothes?
  18. Get digital copies of newspapers and magazines you read
  19. Shop less “just for fun” and replace shopping with other activities
  20. Borrow and lend tools or other equipment that isn’t used often with friends and neighbours – there are even community groups on Facebook for doing this!
  21. Keep lights off during the day and use the natural sunlight
  22. Learn to can, pickle, or freeze foods
  23. Turn down your hot water tank a little bit
  24. Install a low-flow shower head
  25. Get some indoor plants which are good at air purification.
  26. Save water by watering your plants with the water used to boil veggies or pasta (when it’s cool!)
  27. Try to repair or get secondhand electronics first
  28. Shop with a list to help prevent impulse purchases
  29. Wear sweaters and use blankets in the winter and turn your heat down a bit
  30. Share some of the sustainable things you’re doing to help and inspire others!

I’d love to hear what your conscious resolutions are for the new year!

My lovely friend Kaméa Chayne from the Green Dreamer Podcast makes beautiful (and sustainable!) planners where you can not only keep track of your days but it also promotes self-care and conscious living, plus has space and prompts for goal setting and reflection.

Check out last year’s post for 30 more resolution ideas!

What are your resolutions?

8 Responses

  1. Jazz
    | Reply

    Happy 2019!

    1. Be grateful for what I have
    2. Learn to sew
    3. Conserve water (This is a really important one for me. Utilities are currently included in the rent. As a result, I’m not aware of how much water I’m using. Also, I don’t have a dishwasher, and I’d really like to learn tips on washing dishes by hand.)

    Thank you for all that you do. I’ve learned so much from you over the past few months. God Bless.

    P.S. – I LOVE YOUR HAIR! 😍

  2. Kimberly Gray
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    I started bringing my own utensils but i often forget them…working on that! Also doing clothing project 333 for the first time and doing a no buy January.

  3. Agne
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    I like to bake a lot so I switched to silicone baking mats. I think its more sustainable than using waxed baking paper. ☺️

    • Verena Erin
      | Reply

      I also got some this year! Love them 🙂

  4. Rachel
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    I do most of the things on your list but what I really need to work on is bringing my own containers when we go out and have leftovers…AND bring a set of my own utensils with me so that I don’t ever need to rely on the plastic throw-away version.
    The planner is just gorgeous…what a wonderful giveaway and a great way to start the new year!!!!

  5. Jacqueline
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    I am so ready for changes and your list made me feel I can make many switches to better our mother earth and find it fun and easy.

  6. Addie
    | Reply

    This is a great list. I already do a lot of these things but it gave me some more ideas too. I am going to focus more on changing my shopping habits and consumables: making and sticking to my list; using even more green/reusable food containers/utensils for when I have leftovers; making some beeswax wraps; and reducing paper waste even more. Thank you for the giveaway.

  7. Debbie
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    I already do quite a few of the items on your list, but two that I can easily implement in 2019 are using cloth napkins and making my own salad dressing. I also plan to make some cloth produce bags.

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