The champagne has been drunk, the chocolate has been hidden (or eaten) and we find ourselves back at work. It's January and a whole new year full of potential and opportunity is ahead. If you're like us chances are you've set yourself a goal or two for the coming twelve months, whether it is to lose weight, stop smoking or simply be better at what you already do well.
Most New Year's resolutions revolve around improving yourself and adding value to your own existence - often with a fast return on investment. Sound familiar? How about doing things a bit differently this year and set some goals that can - and will - have an impact on the environment and nature?
Below are a few of our ideas for green resolutions for 2013 - and we'd love for you to share yours with us too!
Shop till you drop - but bring your own reusable bags
We're not here to tell you how to spend your money. But you can make a big difference to the environment by saying no to plastic bags and bringing your own reusable shopping bags with you.
Buy less bottled water
Producing the bottles that your natural French or Caribbean water comes in requires a lot of oil, so it goes without saying that the fewer that are produced the less the waste. After all we're not so good at recycling PET bottles in this country... yet. And if you look more closely, most bottled water brands is someone's tap water somewhere. instead invest in a refillable water bottle to bring with you.
Ditch your car and go carbon zero
OK, this might not be feasible if you live far away from where you work, but swapping the way you get to the office can and will help the environment. Invest in a bike or walk where possible/ If not choose public transport. The less cars on the road the better!
Eat less meat
Many of you may be meat free already, but if you are discerning carnivore, make 2013 the year where you become even more selective. A good way to cut back is to introduce meat free Mondays (coined by the a certain Sir Paul McCartney and others). Eating less meat will result in greater carbon savings, is likely to improve your health and help towards the continuing battle of ending animal suffering around the world.
Recycle, recycle, recycle!
Recycling schemes vary from place to place, but knowing what and how to recycle should be as normal as breathing. If you already have multiple bins, each with a different purpose then you're doing a great job! But if your rubbish goes into one big evil bin, changes ought to be made. Read up on what your local area offers recycling wise and if it's not enough, contact your local MP and voice your concern.
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