From the conversations I've seen online and had in person with friends, I'm not the only one who's been thinking about their impact on the wider world. So, it is my intention to live a more ethical and less wasteful life in 2018, and to extend that to our household.
Now, whilst it would be fantastic to become composting vegans who cycle everywhere and make all of our own clothes, that's just not realistic. This is going to be a year of baby steps, of meaningful habit changes that we can build on going forwards.
In the grand scheme of things, we are not all that terrible. We recycle. We use our car only when necessary and cycle/get public transport to work. We turn off lights and other appliances when we're not using them. We try to shop locally and seasonally, although we could be a lot better at that.
But, it's not enough to do the bare minimum and think that you're helping. So I'm going to be focusing on a few areas in our life and around our home in the coming year to try and improve upon our current habits.
- Reduce our household waste
- Be more conscious of what we bring into the house (it's easier not to have it there than to regularly declutter!)
- Switch to eco-friendly providers, where possible
- Reduce our reliance on Amazon & delivery services
- Find ways to reduce, recycle and give away Benjamin's things as he grows out of them, and try to buy only what he really needs for each stage
- Eat seasonally, where possible
- Shop locally, where possible
- Eat more vegetarian and vegan meals
Beauty & Fashion
- Establish my own personal ethics re: cruelty-free beauty / environmental impact / fast fashion etc. (i.e. do more research!)
- Buy less, buy better quality, buy more ethically
- Discover new ethical & eco-friendly brands and purchase from them when items are needed
I'm going to be sharing a few of my discoveries and thoughts as the year goes on, but in the meantime I would love for you to send any resources my way that help with any of the above!