Top New Year Resolutions For More Sustainable Living

January 6, 2019

In January I find it's a time to start getting my head in gear for the year to come, it's the bigger picture month where I can set goals and hopefully stick to them. 

Last year there was a lot of media exposure on plastic, in-fact in the Collins 2018 word of the year shortlist 'Single-use' was the winner and a close runner up was 'Plogging' (say what?) Plogging is a popular recreational activity in Sweden which combines jogging with picking up litter (genius). 

 

My point is, we are all talking about the environment, plastic and how we want David Attenborough to stick around as long as possible (can we freeze him, is that a thing yet?), but what are we actually doing. After a bit of reflection over Christmas and a mountain of packaging

 

 

left over from buying presents I realised I wasn't doing nearly enough. In this blog I am going to highlight my top new years eco-mermaid-warrior resolutions , some I already do but am putting them out there anyway:)

 

Ecobricks

The concept of Ecobricks kind of slid into one ear then out the other last year, I thought I didn't use plastic bottles so how could I possibly fill them with non-recycled plastic.. then after closer inspection of all my half empty soda water and coke bottles from new years eve realised I probably throw away more bottles than I first thought. 

Ecobricks is a movement aiming to educate people on taking responsibility for their own plastic usage and create re-usable Ecobricks that can be used in construction of houses, furniture or creative projects. 

so.. how it works, you can create an account on www.ecobricks.org to tell you the truth the website is a little confusing, I did find myself scrolling through shouting 'But what do I actually have to do?' 

Once you have created an account you can find local drop off points for your ecobricks, or ideas on how to put them to use in your own community or home. You fill a plastic bottle with none-recyclable plastic, weigh it, then log it through t

he website. This way you can see on a monthly basis how much plastic you're using and try and cut back. 

I am going to give this a go and keep you posted via Instagram! @kokocollective

 

 

Be A Clothes Moth

 

That's right, try being a clothes moth instead of a magpie attracted to shiny new things.

£140 million worth of clothing goes into landfill each year, the pressure the fashion industry puts on people to buy the latest trends is still rife, instead of a seasonal new collections its literally a weekly turnaround of clothes. And it's not just the waste thats a problem, the environmental cost of making this amount of clothing is just not sustainable, it takes 15,000 litres of water to make one pair of jeans (mind blown).  I mostly buy second hand or vintage clothing or from small ethical and sustainable brands, but I do sometimes slip up. when I have to go to to