New Year, New (More Sustainable) Me

We’re already half way through the first month of 2018 and research says that almost half of us will break our New Year’s resolution before the end of January.

How are you getting on with yours?

I spent some time over the christmas break reflecting on my progress towards living a sustainably simple life and, wanting to do better, I decided to shape my resolutions around making a more positive difference in 2018.

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And here they are… together with my progress so far!

1. Read more

I love reading yet I never used to make the time for it. Now I try to read for at least 30 minutes everyday. It’s a great way to relax, escape and educate yourself on whatever it is that might interest you – be it sustainability or something else entirely!

A couple of great books on my list right now are:

I’ll let you know what I think once I’ve finished them!

2. Keep better updated with sustainability in the news

It’s important to stay informed of the trends and changes that are taking place in the world around us. Yet sometimes it can be overwhelming to stay updated when there are so many different news stories and sources to follow.

That’s why I’m introducing a “sustainability in the news” section with a monthly summary to help you stay on top of the most important headlines.

Until then, some great resources include:

3. Say no to single use plastic

So this is the hardest of my resolutions. Even though I always bring my canvas bag to the supermarket, I never buy plastic water bottles and I refuse plastic straws, it is my food shop that lets me down here.

Since the supermarkets wrapย everything (completely and unnecessarily) in plastic I want to start buying more often from zero waste stores such as:

I will keep you closely updated on this resolution – I already know it won’t be easy!


What difference do you want to make this year? Are you planning to live more sustainably in 2018? If so, I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

7 Replies to “New Year, New (More Sustainable) Me”

  1. I’m the same way! Love reading, yet never made time to do it. I’ve found that audiobooks are a good solution because I have a pretty long commute. I also want to create less waste this year. Good luck with your goals!

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    1. Thanks Savanna ๐Ÿ™‚ Ah I’ve never tried audiobooks but I have a long commute too so that’s when I try to read or I’ll listen to podcasts. I’ve got so many books on my list, I need to make more time for reading now!

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  2. I totally agree on the mindfulness nature of reading although some topics do not make you calm they make you think outside your normal life. Also trying very hard with plastics this year. Glad to see D&D ditching the plastic straws and Iceland dealing with their packaging.

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    1. Thanks Fiona!! I know – such great news now that more restaurants are saying no to plastic straws, more supermarkets are addressing their plastic packaging and more coffee shops are promoting reusable cups! Glad you enjoy reading my blog ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. It’s the same for me, too. I started my journey towards a more sustainable life last year but there is still a lot of room to improve. Me too, I’d like to 1) especially focus on using less single-use plastic and 2) pay more attention to health and personal care products. So good luck for you, looking forward to reading about your progress ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Hi Jana – I’ve only just seen your comment now so I’m very sorry for the delayed response!! That sounds great though and I hope you’re tracking well against your resolutions 6 months in ๐Ÿ™‚

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