I hope we've all made some. It always brings a boost, even if sometimes it doesn't last long.
So if you haven't yet made the list of your new year's resolutions or are not quite sure what exciting new thing you could to add to your 'usual' list, Then why not considering being part of the ECO* revolution!
Here is a list of simple things you could do to this year to be kind to yourself, the environment and many people all around the globe:
1- Inform yourself
It is always the best thing to do. You need to know what the problem is so you understand why it's important to start changing things. It will also give you the tools to the spread the word around and bring other people to follow in your footsteps.
The ecologist.org is a good read and gives information on many different areas
The Soil association who is the UK's leading organisation working to raise awareness develop and preserve the organic sectors
The Environmental Justice Foundation is a charity working internationally to protect the environment and defend
2- Become a cyber activist
Sign petitions! Yes it's the hassle-free, easy and quick step to be in the middle of the action. Petitions are an effective way to put pressure and make things change. Together we are stronger ;-)
The websites above mentioned all have petitions on hot topics.
3- Buy Eco products
It's now time to start buying eco products. There are now fortunately plenty of products to choose from. If you have never bought eco products then start with something that you use on a regular basis ie toiletries, make up, food or cleaning products, clothing. You will perhaps want to try different product before you find the one you really like and then stick with it. If you find, after reading some of the articles in the websites above, there is a particular area that you have been drawn towards then that's where perhaps you could start changing you buying habits.
You can find many products in your supermarkets and online too. So have a browse.
4- Consume less
Many people do say to me that eco products are more expensive and they cannot afford to buy them. I always say that the answer to the problem is to buy less. Just think about what we consume. Do we need everything we buy? We constantly buy - that is a fact of our society - that's what consumerism is: we over-consume, we over-eat, we 'over' pretty much everything in reality. We are mixing what we want with what we need. It's up to you of course to see what you could buy less of... with the money saved you then buy an eco product that is kind to you, the environment and many people around the globe ;-)
5- Buy local
Yes that is I think an important step. It reduces your carbon footprint and helps your local community. So if you can do not hesitate to visit your local farmers markets or local community stores. They are generally filled with gems and little wonders made by people living around you. You could perhaps sign up to a local organic veg and fruits box scheme. It's delivered to your door on a weekly basis. How practical! And of course if you are in Birmingham buy your special occasion dress from Dew Organic Clothing! A beautiful dress specially made for you...
Recycling is a must. Recycle your waste is easy as most councils have organised collections to that effect. Therefore there's no excuse not to make an effort. http://www.recyclenow.com/
You can also recycle your clothes, shoes, furniture and other unwanted items by giving them to your local charity shop.
Before throwing anything away, think if you can reuse it. If you are good at creating, things you may want to throw away could instead be upcycled meaning transformed into other things! There are plenty of videos/tutorials on the internet to show you 'how to'. Have a play around!
*ECO here has the meaning that a product is both organic and ethical. In other words it's made with little impact on the environment and fairly traded, giving a fair wage and safe working conditions to workers who made the product.