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Top 5 Sustainable Resolutions

Top 5 Sustainable Resolutions

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Inspired to make yourself and the world a better place this New Year, yet you’re not sure how to make a sustainable resolution. More importantly, be successful with your resolution! We’ve got you covered. Here’s a list of easy and achievable ways you can make small changes in your day that help both you and the planet. Plus, tips on how to make your sustainable resolution stick!

Top 5 Sustainable Resolutions

1. Make a Sustainable Shopping Kit

2. Clean Green

3. Ditch Snack Foods

4. Eat in Season

5. Beauty Inside and Out

How to be Successful with Your Sustainable Resolution

Researchers have found, of people who make a resolution, 46% were successful. The key to being successful with your sustainable resolution is to aim for a direction, versus setting an end point you must achieve. Better yet, if the aim of your sustainable resolution is towards something you are deeply passionate about, such as reducing waste or promoting a more socially conscious planet, you’ll be more likely to remain motivated. Most importantly, don’t doubt yourself; you are capable of change! A resolution does not mean old habits may never resurface, or that you will change overnight. Be proud of every step you take towards the direction of your sustainable resolution – even small actions make you a change maker!

Be proud of every step you take towards the direction of your sustainable resolution – even small actions make you a change maker!

1. Make a Sustainable Shopping Kit

With Canadians tossing out 3 million tons of plastic waste each year, by using reusable shopping bags you can make a big impact on the planet, and your health. Plastic waste ends up in streams and oceans, where toxins from the plastic enter the animals who live there. Once in the food chain, toxins from plastics pose a risk to human health. Make a big impact! Make a sustainable shopping kit and set your sustainable resolution to use it. In your kit you can put reusable bags (including produce bags) and containers. Why containers? Many products are individually packaged in plastic, which is easily avoided if you shop in the bulk section instead. You can fill your reusable containers and avoid the use of single use plastics. You can do this for baking ingredients, nuts, seeds, tea, and more!

The best way to stick with this resolution is to keep your sustainable shopping kit ready. Once you’ve unpacked your shopping at home, place the empty items from your sustainable shopping kit back into a reusable bag. Then, hook the bag onto the handle of your front door so you’ll remember it when you head out next time.

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2. Clean Green

Pretty fragrances and heavy-duty cleaning power are attractive aspects of many cleaning products. However, the phthalates used to disperse that lovely fragrance have been shown in studies to have negative health effects to our cardiovascular and reproductive systems. The volatile organic compounds used to enhance the performance of a cleaning product may impair neurological functions, while others are respiratory irritants. Exposure to these chemicals on occasion may be safe, but most households use many different cleaning products each week. As for the planet, you can keep it healthy by cleaning green. Many chemicals in cleaning products accelerate plant growth, damaging the ecosystem of lakes and wetlands. Make a sustainable resolution to clean green! It’s probably one of the easiest resolutions you can make. Once you have shopped for non-toxic, environmentally friendly products or stocked up on baking soda and vinegar, you’re all set.

3. Ditch Snack Foods

Most snack and convenience foods are loaded with harmful ingredients, such as artery clogging saturated fat, blood pressure elevating salt, and harmful sugar. You can be healthier this New Year by eating more whole foods! In a study of more than 100,000 adults, those who ate minimally processed or whole foods had lower risks of all reported diseases. The planet would also benefit from you skipping some processed snack foods. Many contain palm oil, an ingredient linked to deforestation of some vulnerable places on the planet. Boycotting palm oil containing products can help reduce demand. Palm oil is commonly found in milk chocolate, peanut butter, margarine, crackers, cookies, and bread, as well as beauty products like shampoo and lipstick. You don’t have to give up on your favourite products - just make a switch! You can shop for sustainable alternatives to your favourite products such as Fatso Peanut Butter or Mineral Fusion LipStick at Vitarock.

4. Eat in Season

Incorporating more seasonal produce into your meals is a great way to improve your health, and the health of the planet. Seasonal produce is rich in nutrients – the nutrients haven’t degraded while being stored for long periods of time. Better yet, buy local seasonal produce! Locally grown food has fewer food miles – distance to travel to make it to your local market. That’s great for the planet! The apples from Chili or garlic from China commonly found in stores, requires both extensive transportation and energy resources for refrigeration which emit pollution into the environment. Make your sustainable resolution to eat in season – it’s good for your health and the planet.

5. Beauty Inside and Out

Be gorgeous without putting your health or the environment at risk. The chemical that makes suds in shampoo (1,4-dioxane) is linked to cancer. Some chemicals in cosmetics (BHA, BHT) are harmful to fish and other wildlife. There are many reasons to switch to natural and organic makeup and natural beauty products natural care products. Where to start? Choose products with fewer ingredients. Use apps such as Think Dirty to help you research products. Shop where products are stringently pre-screened to ensure they are pure, green, safe, and fair - such at Vitarock.

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Ways to Be More Sustainable in 2020

Still looking for more ways to make a difference? This list may help with setting a sustainable resolution you’ll feel great about. Here’s a list of more easy ways you can make small changes this year that are good for you and the planet:

 

  • Use green, cruelty-free beauty products.
  • Give to your favourite organization by setting up a monthly donation.
  • Avoid palm oil as demand for this product is encouraging deforestation.
  • Donate old clothes, don’t throw them away.
  • Opt to buy conscious fashions.
  • Wash your clothes in cold water.
  • Try air drying your clothes; it saves money, energy and they last longer.
  • Plan your meals and your shopping to reduce food waste.
  • Buy products in bulk to use less packaging.
  • Choose seasonal foods to use in your meals.
  • Buy local and organic products.
  • Try Meatless Mondays or other ways to reduce meat and animal products in your diet.
  • Walk instead of drive, or use public transit.
  • Switch to natural, non-toxic cleaning products.


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