We hope everyone had a happy and safe holiday season! Now that the holidays are over and 2020 is in full swing, Busch Systems is here to help you with your sustainable New Years' Resolutions.
What if we told you that we can help you make resolutions that can not only help you but also help the planet? We're here to share some of our favorite sustainability resolutions that you can implement at home, at work, or within your community! We'll also give you some tips on how to keep them going all year long. You heard that right… ALL YEAR LONG! Let’s dive in.
1. Use Reusable Bags
Typically, people think of using reusable bags at the grocery store, but it doesn’t have to end there! Take your reusable bags on every shopping trip, whether it's a mall day, a quick trip to the convenience store or to the grocery store. You can expand your reusable bag collection to include everything from reusable produce bags to reusable sandwich and snack bags.
2. Reusable Everything
Reusable items don’t have to stop at reusable bags. Say goodbye to the days of disposable items like cutlery, plates, coffee cups, and water bottles. You can even say goodbye to plastic wrap and invest in some reusable Beeswax wraps! There are so many reusable options out there, and embracing them will help reduce the amount of waste that is generated and sent to the landfill.
3. Walk, Public Transit or Carpool
Ditch driving in 2020 and opt for a more sustainable option like walking or biking. If that’s not an option, use public transit. It could actually make your commute more enjoyable because instead of sitting in traffic, you could use this time to peacefully read a book or listen to a podcast. Finally, if you must drive, try carpooling! Carpooling means fewer cars on the road and fewer CO2 emissions being released into the atmosphere.
4. Start a Waste Diversion Committee
Start the new year with a bang and create a waste diversion committee at your organization. This committee will help create and ensure your company’s recycling and waste program is off to a smooth start in 2020.
5. Pack a Lunch
Save the environment and protect your wallet by packing a lunch over ordering takeout. While you are making your lunch, think about trying out some vegetarian or vegan meals! Reducing your meat consumption not only helps the environment but can have health benefits too!
6. Start a Community Garden
Community gardens have numerous environmental and social benefits. Community gardens can improve air quality, increase biodiversity and encourage composting. Within the community, a garden increases access to fresh fruits and vegetables, encourages relaxation and improves food security. The benefits are truly infinite!
7. Shop Local
The next time you are shopping for groceries, looking for a gift for someone or wanting to treat yourself, shop local! Hit up your local farmers market for some fresh veggies and fruits. Many farmer's markets will also have local vendors that sell handmade goods. Be sure to check out your city’s downtown area, there are usually lots of shops selling locally made goods! Not only are you helping the environment by shopping in the community, but you are also supporting the local economy.
Tips and Tricks to help you keep your sustainable resolutions!
So, you might be thinking, "I have heard many of these resolutions before, tried them out and for some reason they just don’t stick!" Well, Busch Systems, has you covered with some tips to help you keep your resolutions long past the first few weeks of January.
Our number one tip is to make your reusable items as convenient as possible! Ensure that you keep your reusable bags in your car or throw one in your purse so that it's handy when you need it. While at work, always keep a mug and reusable water bottle at your desk. This way you can always make a coffee at work or fill your reusable bottle instead of using a takeout cup or reaching for a single-use water bottle.
Get your friends or coworkers involved! It’s a lot easier to pack your lunch if your coworkers are doing it with you and not waving their delicious smelling takeout in front of you. Your wallets and the environment will thank you! If you are starting a community garden, the more friends you recruit, the more achievable it will be. The more people you get involved, the easier and more enjoyable your goals will be! Friends will help you stay accountable, motivated and on track in 2020!
Finally, track your goals! Writing out your goals will help you stay motivated by seeing all the amazing things you are doing for the environment.
We hope these goals help you add a little bit more sustainability in 2020! And remember, you don't have to just start these resolutions in the new year, they can be added to your life ANYTIME throughout the year. So, if you aren’t using a reusable water bottle, this is your sign to start today!
If you are interested in improving sustainability within your organization this year, check Busch Systems’ consulting services. Our dedicated and knowledgeable team can help your business, community or organization achieve your 2020 sustainability goals!