7 Tips to Save the World; Environmental Resolutions

 

I know we are a month into our ‘new year, new me’ but I have to say one of my resolutions, aside from losing weight, not snacking (at work) and keeping the clothes in my bedroom hung has been to think environmentally friendly. I know that sounds ridiculous when I surround myself with colleagues who are always thinking of savvy ways of getting to work without driving and using any opportunity to recycle. (Much like our MP Smarter Travel!)

I found this inspirational youtube-er who's details you can find here, (you're welcome) who gave herself a 5-year goal to reduce waste. Crazy you say, I agree. But listening to someone who stopped purchasing pre-packaged food (to avoid packaging rubbish,) someone who started making their own beauty products to avoid tons of wasted bottles and someone who even made tea from fresh fruit and herbs to avoid tea bag waste is a true hero. Now I am not saying let's all jump aboard the extreme and completely stop living the way we are living BUT let's make the little changes to help our carbon footprint.

A few added facts (that are interesting and heartbreaking)

According to the guardian – a study found that UK families throw away 24 meals a month.

Research from Gocompare.com Energy has found that items left on standby waste enough energy to heat 5,000 homes per year.

1 recycled glass bottle would save enough energy to power a computer for 25 minutes.

 Also here are the UK Statistics on waste

pexels-photo-375896What can you do?

I put together something I do best, a list. Please find a few of my environmental resolutions (I had to make them realistic and something I could stick too…) 

- Getting a slick new reusable travel mug AND actually carry it with me. According to my recent amazon searches, you can get a travel mug that folds into the smallest of cases so you can pop it up when you need some joe and shrink it when you need to shove it in your bag. Genius.

- Walking more - I will be getting my legs warmed up and moving this year (so much that I even signed up for a marathon.) Sa-long Uber and your pollution of my city, you will nothing but a past memory.

- Lucky for me Mattinson Partnership just got a facelift (not literally, we just had a really exciting rebrand.) With this rebrand came a load of exciting new merchandise. Let me present to you the REUSEABLE BAG. I will commit to carrying a reusable bag in all of my purses and backpacks.

- Local Market Shopping. Thank god for markets – If I am not home, I will be browsing and shopping at local markets. This will help me buy veg and fruit without extra plastic packaging.

- Reusing paper. Due to being technologically challenged I often tend to accidentally print the wrong thing - a lot. So instead of shredding, I will devote my half used paper to my pens and highlighters this year.

- SHOPPING! Second hand. This is one of my resolutions I have seemed to be the best at – I love a good find. Someone's trash IS someone else’s treasure and it stops me from contributing to the fast fashion industry.

- One of my most challenging resolutions – shorter showers. I selfishly love a really hot shower where I stand under the water for a really long time. But not anymore!

Since this is in print I can say I have fully committed to making little changes to making my world a little better. I hope my resolutions have inspired you to write and commit to a few of your own. Let’s make the changes and GOOD LUCK! 

 


 AmyI joined Mattinson Partnership in Sep 2016 as a Business Administrator. With 5 years' experience in the event industry in Toronto, where I had the pleasure to work on multiple jobs internationally, I decided to embark on an exciting adventure to London. Within the first year, I was lucky enough to find a career at an establishment such as Mattinson Partnership where I have had the chance to continue my education and grow into an HR position.

In my past time, you can find me jet-setting around the world, exploring this incredible city and chasing trendy things in little boutiques.

als@mattpart.com

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