Once again, this year, the call for sustainable and conscious living was loud and clear. There are statistics showing that we are leading more responsible lives, but be that as it may, according to humanitarian organization World Food Programme, there are still 821 million people going to bed hungry each night. In contrast, as the year comes to an end, we are celebrating our favourite festive season with a lot of food, gifts and decorations. So why don’t we rethink our lifestyle and new year’s habits and use our chance to contribute to a better environment in the last hours of this year and the first ones in 2019.
1. Plan an organic& local menu and avoid food waste.
This might not be wallet friendly, but you’ll be sure where your food came from and that it was grown in a way that protects the ecosystem around it. You will be supporting your local economy, too. After an eco-friendly New Year’s Eve dinner, don’t forget to send guests home with leftovers. According to Independent, only in the UK, 74 million mince pies and 17.2 million Brussels sprouts are thrown away after this festive season. Looking at these stats, any little step to avoid food waste will be helping a lot.
2.It can be never repeated enough, stay away from disposables.
No one wants to spend the first day of the new year washing dishes, but guests can go through a lot of plates and cups. Spending additional time on the dishes might not be as bad as you think when you know it’s a step towards fulfilling a new year’s resolution we all have in our lists: a conscious lifestyle in the new year.
3.Use public transportation.
For many reasons, using public transport on the New Year’s Eve is the better option. Did you know that transportation accounts for more than 25% of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions? So, avoid driving your car on New Year’s Eve, you will be doing more good for the environment more than you think. Plus, using public transportation is not only greener but also much safer. Each year the majority of ‘drunk driving’ accidents, and arrests for the same reason happens during this time of the year. You might not go overboard with alcohol, but there is a big possibility that others might.
4.Clean up using natural materials.
This is always worth mentioning. Try to avoid products with harsh chemicals to clean your place before and after the New Year’s Party. According to the EPA, household cleaning products are one of the most toxic everyday substances people are exposed to. Many of these substances are not only absorbed into the skin, but they also give off toxic fumes that will remain toxic in the earth’s soil, water, and environment for a real long time. On the other hand, green cleaning products are usually made with common kitchen ingredients like water, baking soda and vinegar. Some also include coconut oil. Luckily, home-made green cleaners are easier and cheaper. This way, a little soap and water can go a long way.
5.Go for an environment friendly decoration.
The options are endless when it comes to sustainable decoration. You’ll only need to get creative. For example, use fruits and veggies as a decoration base. They’ll be appealing for the eyes and good to eat as well!
If you don’t have time to come up with new ideas to prepare your home for the celebration, you can always reuse or rearrange the objects you already have at home. After all, there is no point of creating waste just to have some festive vibes at your home for a night
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