10 resolutions for an earth-friendly lifestyle
The start of a new year is a great time to make more sustainable choices.
For many of us, the start of 2021 brings a sense of hope as we seek to move onward from an especially challenging 2020. Here at LifeMade, as we embrace a new year, we're thinking hard about how we can continue to champion sustainability and encourage behavioral changes across our communities. We hope that this year brings you some well-deserved quality time with friends and family, and lends you the opportunity to think about what resolutions you want to set for yourself.
To help with your planning, we've listed out ten resolutions below for an earth-friendly lifestyle. Take a look and see how you can incorporate these into your everyday routine!
- Unplug outlets when they're not in use: If you tend to keep your phone or laptop charging even when you're not using it, you're actually still consuming quite a bit of energy. This is called vampire power, and simply refers to the electricity that a lot of appliances and electronics waste just by staying plugged in, regardless of whether it had something to charge. In fact, many microwaves and televisions can actually use up more electricity in off hours than when you're actually using them.
- Bring on meatless Mondays: Did you know that it takes over 1,000 gallons of water just to produce one pound of beef? While going full vegan is a tricky endeavor for most people, simply cutting down on your meat consumption can significantly conserve our natural resources – reducing water consumption as well as methane emissions. This means more water saved and less land being used to grow corn just to feed the cows. Since cow farms are also a giant source of methane, you're also contributing to our emissions reduction target!
- Bring your own bags: While this tip seems intuitive, since most people now carry their own tote bags to the grocery store, we want to take it one step further. You can consider bringing your own bags to put produce in. Instead of using individual plastic bags that you rip off those big rolls at the supermarket, bring your own! It'll make no difference to the price but make all the difference when it comes to knowing that you're saving plastic bags from being used.
- Buy your fruits and veggies from a farmer's market: Buying locally can significantly reduce your personal carbon footprint because the goods didn't have to travel as far to get to you. You also get the added bonus of knowing that the produce sold there is organic, which means you won't be ingesting harmful pesticides or other chemicals that monocropping farms tend to use.
- Support small businesses: It's easy to think about the convenience of shopping on Amazon and getting everything you want shipped to you, but supporting small businesses in your community can help boost the local economy and also ensure that those cute mom and pop stores in your city can continue to operate. Just like buying produce from a farmer's market, it also reduces your carbon footprint because the process of getting this product to you likely required much less shipping.
- Buy clothing second hand: Similarly, Instead of shopping online at big conglomerates that tend to rely on cheap labor from abroad, consider buying second hand. Buying second hand can help you be more intentional about what you're trying to add to your closet and can give you pause as you consider if what you're buying is something that you want, or something that you actually need. It also furthers our goal of getting to a circular economy.
- Air dry your clothes when you can: Washing and drying your clothes uses up a lot of energy! If you can commit to air drying your clothes on a rack, you'll be able to significantly reduce your electricity bills and your overall carbon footprint. Many articles of clothing actually don't need to be washed super regularly. Jeans, especially if they're 100% cotton or thicker, can go a long while unwashed and knit sweaters can be worn several times before you need to wash it (and even then hand washing is the best way for you to keep its shape). In this way, your clothes will also last you longer and you don't need to constantly replace items in your closet.
- Pick up trash when you see it: If you're like us, you've been taking a lot more walks in your neighborhood due to the pandemic. As you're out, you probably see bits of trash here and there on the streets or in the bushes. Consider bringing a bag with you and picking up the pieces of trash that you see and disposing of it properly! Once it rains or water runs down the curb all that trash will end up in the ocean, and doing your part now will ensure that our waters stay clean for longer.
- Commit to reducing the use of single-use plastic: We know that plastic bags and straws can end up in the ocean, harming marine life such as sea turtles, and with restaurants closing indoor dining this has rapidly increased the amount of trash that ends up in our storm drains and beaches. Instead of buying plastic straws, you can consider using LifeMade's Earth Friendly compostable ones!
- Try a tree-planting search engine instead of Google: Ecosia is a search engine that reinvests profits from every user search into planting trees. You can get a free browser extension so that every new tab is powered by Ecosia, and type keywords and questions into the search bar just as you would with Google. But now, on top of browsing the internet, you're also preserving more land and supporting reforestation.
LifeMade’s Earth Friendly compostable straws are a great way to reduce your use of single-use plastic this year.
Though it may not seem like it now, every action does count and adds up to something bigger. You definitely don't need to commit to doing all ten, but even picking one or two and doing them with friends and family will ensure that you live an eco-friendly lifestyle.
Together, we can actualize our vision for the future today.
Life. Made Better.
LifeMade is all about making life better through sustainable innovation and product experiences. Every step we take in this direction brings us closer to our vision of a no-compromise future — one where everyone has access to disposable products that are as good for the earth as they are convenient and enjoyable to use. As pioneers in our industry with a century’s worth of experience, it’s our responsibility to harness what we do best — materials innovation and production — for a better world. We’re inspired by the families that enjoy our products and committed to meaningful change.