Last year I wrote “60 Zero Waste Resolutions for 2020” at the beginning of January. It was meant to be a sort of intro to low-waste living—a “tasting menu” of ideas to try. The list was widely shared on social media, too, and it was lovely to see so many people interested in trying out some Zero Waste swaps as part of their resolutions. But (spoiler alert!) 2020 didn’t exactly go as planned. Instead, it was harder than ever to make the traditional low-waste swaps.
Moreover, an emphasis on individual changes can seem downright silly when it comes to tackling systemic issues. It’s always been that way, but I feel that the challenges and suffering of 2020 made it even more apparent. Supporting our communities is more important than any individual Zero Waste swap. After all, low-waste living is about making the world a better place for everyone.
Are low-waste swaps useless? No, of course not. We still need to make individual changes when we can. But it is important to put our precious energy to good use. That means a balance of individual changes mixed with community work. Wondering where to start? Here are some of my personal favourite eco-friendly resolutions to (hopefully) help inspire you.
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I love the holidays! As we all know, though, Christmas is going to look different this year. It’s no surprise that COVID has turned everything, including the holidays, upside down. However, as with being eco-minded, it’s all about creativity: finding innovative ways to make things fun and festive. With that in mind, I’ve compiled some of the posts and articles I’ve written over the years, to hopefully help inspire your own (COVID-safe, eco-friendly) celebrations.
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Thoughtful and sustainable suggestions for everyone on your list
I can’t believe it, but the holidays are right around the corner! If you’re struggling with the thought of giving gifts this year, you’re not alone. Sadly, for many of us what we truly want (in-person togetherness) needs to be saved until things are safer, COVID-wise. Adding COVID to the already-tricky concept of eco-friendly gift giving seems to make everything even trickier. Fear not, though, because there are plenty of ways that we can show our loved ones that we care, even if it’s from afar.
Here are my top tips:
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Low-waste tips for public events! ’Tis the season for winter markets and craft fairs. Unfortunately, these sorts of public events also typically means single-use plastic. If you stop to take a moment and look at all the vendors, it’s really amazing to realize how many single-use products are used. It’s not just shopping bags: paper cups for drinks, tiny plastic containers for samples, straws, napkins, plates, cutlery…the list goes on and on.
I want to a Christmas market the other day and it was so fun! I managed to avoid a lot of single-use waste, and although things weren’t perfect, I was pretty darn happy. Here are my top tips.
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Here’s my first video! If you know me, you’ll know that I’m an introvert at heart who hates being in front of the camera, so please enjoy this video of me wrapping presents! 😉
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