Hi! Today I’m going to be laying out my sustainable goals for next year, 2020. These are things I’m committing to doing next year to try and have a lower impact on the earth.
Whilst I might not stick to these 100% of the time, I’m hoping to be as consistent as I can be. Remember: even a small swap or change is better than nothing. Nobody can be eco-perfect, so just do the best you can!
Goal One: Only flying when it’s necessary & offsetting all the flights I do take
I feel a lot of eco-anxiety surrounding flying so I’m trying to figure out how to work around that. Whilst offsetting isn’t as good as not flying at all, sometimes flying is the only option. I generally travel by train or bus as opposed to flying. However once or twice I do need to fly to reach those further away places. Due to this, I’d like to try and reduce the impact my flights have. I think this best done through Carbon Offsetting and Tree Planting Schemes. You can do plant a tree via National Forest or Trees for Life. A carbon offsetting scheme that was reccomended to me is Co2nsensus.
Goal Two: Using more eco-friendly laundry products
Admittedly, laundry is something I never really thought about until the last few months. Firstly, I air dry my clothes already, and you can read this to find out why. Next year I’m going to be looking more into the products I’m using. It’s such a simple switch to make which can reduce the plastic that we’re using and putting into our oceans.
Some products I’m going to start using are Eco Egg & Guppy Friend. The Eco Egg is a reusable plastic egg with vegan & skin friendly mineral pellets. You get 70 washes per pack and it’s actually pretty affordable. Guppy Friend is like a net which catches the micro-plastics (the fibers in your clothes). You can get more information about the issues with laundry & microfibers here.
Goal Three: Not buying more than 12 items of clothing in 2020 & only buying secondhand, vintage or ethical
I think one of the biggest issues with fast and unfair fashion is societies need to consume. Even if everything you’re buying is second-hand, ethical or vintage if you’re not going to wear or use it then it’s still unnecessary consumption. So next year, I’m limiting myself to buying the equivilent of one thing a month and only when I need it, not just because! I’m also going to only buy second-hand, vintage or ethical products if I need something.
I hope you’ve got some inspiration for setting your 2020 sustainable goals – please let me know what they are in the comments! You can check out some other eco-content I have by clicking the topic you’re most interested in ->
Bye for now!