I hate most New Year’s resolutions. They are corny and inevitably put so much pressure on your shoulders that you fail them after a few days. I’ve been there, and I’m not keen on following the same pattern again.
But there are some things I want to change in my life. I have decided to steer clear from the much overused ‘lose X amount of weight’ and ‘be a better daughter/sister/student/girlfriend/slave to society’ because they are pointless. There is nothing wrong with any of us and we do not need to conform to anyone’s standard of perfection. Instead I chose to focus on how my habits impact the environment I live in. I am fortunate enough to live in the most beautiful country in the world – I will brook no argument on this point – so naturally, I am keen to preserve its natural beauty. I firmly believe in karma; what goes around comes around, so logically, if I treat my environment right, it will look after me, too.
So I am going to make an effort to be more environmentally friendly. No more excuses – ‘It’s not my fault I can’t recycle, the council hasn’t provided me with the right bins’ – no more turning a blind eye. I am going to educate myself and practice my new knowledge daily.
If you’re interested in joining me in this challenge (woohoo!), below are some links to help you and me on this new journey:
Food, cooking and wastage
Reducing food waste
Getting the most out of your vegetables – This post was tremendously helpful for me. I waste practically nothing in the food department any more!
Disneyfication of our food – a very interesting blog from A Thrifty Mrs about supermarkets only selling food that looks ‘perfect’.
Around the house
DIY laundry detergent
Alternatives to wasteful objects in our lives
Eco-friendly home transformation
Fashion & beauty
A fashion manifesto by Sayward Rebhal
Homemade coconut oil repair shampoo
Natural beauty – baking soda
Re-washable make-up remover pads
5 ways buying less helps you live more
And the rest
The thing about palm oil
I find Bonzai Aphrodite, The Pursuit of Hippieness and A Thrifty Mrs are extremely helpful blogs for thriftiness and eco-friendly tips. If you have any good blogs, books or documentaries to recommend, do leave me a comment below!
Are you making a different kind of resolution this year? Do you have any tips for me?