Going green in 2020 doesn’t have to cramp your cushy lifestyle. In fact it´s actually hip and easy to make changes in your routine that can preserve the planet for future generations. Here are a few earth-friendly resolution ideas that will protect us all against global warming, species extinction, and the depletion of our natural resources that you can start doing today.
Our landfills don´t need any more junk, thank you. Consider buying second-hand items like clothing and things for your home that have already been used. Not only can it be cheaper, but you are finding a way of giving unwanted quality objects a new home.
Opt for Other Modes of Transportation
Decrease your carbon footprint on this planet by taking public transportation instead of using a car to and from work every day. For destinations within close proximity to home — maybe a neighbor’s house or your favorite cafe — ditch carbon-powered vehicles completely; not only is getting some exercise by walking or biking good for your lungs, but it´s also good for our planet´s. This way, there are fewer people using fuel, small acts that add up to carbon reductions, better health, and greater awareness of one of the biggest drivers of climate change.
A significant reduction in the way we eat meat is essential to climate change. The Guardian reports that in western countries, beef consumption needs to fall by 90% and be replaced by five times more beans and pulses to avoid a climate breakdown. Try to cut out animal products from your life in 2020, opting for more legumes, vegetables, fruits, and nuts in your diet instead of meats. Going vegetarian is healthier and cheaper to boot.
Shop with a Reusable Bag
You will look all the hipper with a cotton tote or any reusable shopping bag on your shoulder in 2020 when you go food or clothes shopping. A 2015 study announced that there are 5 trillion pieces of plastic in our oceans which are then consumed by wildlife. Say goodbye to plastic bags and don´t be the reason another innocent life is taken in our seas.
Try a Reusable Water Bottle
Express yourself by having a personal water bottle or thermos that you bring with you everywhere. Not only are you displaying personality but a consciousness about the frightening state of our oceans and landfills. Forbes reported that a million plastic bottles are purchased every minute around the world. The worst part is that 91% of it isn´t recycled either.
Sip Through a Reusable Straw
Marine life is choking on the plastic straws our planet uses. The anti-straw movement estimates that in the United States alone, 500 million plastic straws are used every day. If you or your child really must use a straw, purchase a reusable stainless steel or bamboo straw and tell your local food server you don´t want a straw.
Use Less Water at Home
Although 75% of the earth is covered with water, only 1% is safe for human use due to our polluting it. Let´s not waste anymore of this scarce and precious resource by taking shorter showers and running less water when we wash dishes from now on.
Light Up Your Home Life with LED
In comparison to incandescent bulbs, LEDs not only last longer they deliver the same quality of light but use 40% less energy. Sure, they may cost more but USA Today reported that a LED can last 25 years while incandescent lights can only survive 365 days. If you’re looking for no brainer way to green In 2020, LEDs are your great idea.