Sustainable New Year Resolutions for 2020

Sustainable New Year Resolutions for 2020

1. Swap in reusable products

This could be just a couple of small things, like swapping out plastic bottles and coffee cups for reusable versions. And making sure you have a reusable bag for your shopping. These may seem like small changes, but if every person made these changes, we would be well on our way to reducing the amount of waste we send to landfill and/or incineration.

2. Buy seasonal or local

This is one of my own resolutions and one I hadn’t really thought about before. We have gotten so used to having everything available to us at all times. But at the cost of our planet. I don’t even think that I could confidently name what fruit and veg falls under what season, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. Making the effort to find and buy local seasonal produce supports local farming and helps tackle climate change. You could simply start by doing this once a week and see how it goes!

3. Reduce meat consumption

Meat is something that comes up time and time again in relation to the environment. This is especially true when it comes to red meat. The rearing of cattle is an especially carbon and methane intensive process. However, more than 800,000 people cut back on animal products for at least a month last year, contributing to a decline of 4% in beef sales and 6.4% in pork. So, even introducing one meat-free day per week can really help in reducing our global carbon footprint.

4. Take public transport

Why not take the bus to work a couple of times a week? Of course, public transport is only feasible if you live in a well-connected area. But if you are able to take the bus or train to your destination instead of a car, then give it a go! It may not even take that much longer when taking into account rush hour and traffic. And could work out cheaper when factoring in fuel and parking.

5. Make, do and mend

In the UK, our clothing’s average lifetime is around 2.2 years. And it has become easier and cheaper to buy something new rather than fixing the original item. We are truly in the midst of a throwaway culture. This doesn’t just apply to clothing but to most areas of our lives! This year, why not take that pair of holey jeans to be repaired? Or fix up that broken chair?

At Intelligent Facility Solutions, we are also embracing this attitude with our new 30-year guarantee package. We are focused on reducing as much waste as possible, and keeping products in a circular lifecycle will definitely help towards this.

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