By Christine Castor, human for good
With 2020 being a complete hot mess, I’m sure we’re all primed and ready to make 2021 the best year of our lives. Hopefully, that includes doing some good!
Making New Year resolutions is one way we can achieve our goals and keep in line with our values. Promising to do good is easy, actually following through is err.. trickier. Study suggests that 22% of those who made New Year resolutions admit failure after one week. 40% don’t even make it past one month. That’s not very encouraging, at all.
So, what can be done? A good place to start is keeping resolutions simple, specific, and realistic. Here are 12 easy suggestions to try.
01 – Keep your teeth pristine, but use bamboo!
Every year, 30 million plastic toothbrushes end up in landfill in Australia. Switch to a bamboo toothbrush like these by the Boo Collective, an Australian owned family business.
02 – Let go of the disposable cup
03 – Cut down on single use food packaging
From food wrap to ziplock bags, you can replace single use items with well-designed reusable options such as these silicone food wraps.
04 – Organise your 5-guest house party with reusable party kits
Want to throw a snazzy brunch indoors? Abide by health restrictions and make your party a little greener by hiring a local reusable party kit.
05 – Or maybe, try out a meatless BBQ
How about trying out one meatless recipe for the week? You don’t have to go all out vegan to help the planet. Try out this BBQ burger recipe that’s just perfect for summer.
06 – Grow your own herbs
You know when a recipe calls for a pinch of parsley or a few teaspoons of basil and you’re left with a bunch of herbs that just grows stale in the fridge? Yeah, nah. Try growing your own herb garden inside your kitchen with grow kits from Urban Plant Growers.
07 – Getting your tan on? Take three for the sea!
When heading home from the beach or anywhere outdoors, try taking 3 pieces of rubbish with you and making it a habit. You would have made a supreme difference! Check out the take3 movement here.
08 – Ordering Uber Eats for the nth time? How about ordering lunch for yourself and someone else?
For every meal purchased, Two Good gives an identical meal to a local women’s refuge for domestic violence survivors. They also provide yummy packaged meals for the week. Take a look at their menu here.
09 – Updating your wardrobe? Check the brand’s sustainability rating
10 – Make every crap count
Toilet paper is such a 2020 vibe – but we still need it every day. Switch to a toilet paper brand that donates 50% of its profit to help the world’s sanitation problem. Who Gives a Crap helps 2 billion people get access to proper toilets. Tushy bidets are another eco-friendly option and not only save trees, but build toilets in India.
11 – Stay updated on socials and do good at the same time!
Switch your nbn and mobile plans to Goodtel and they will donate 50% of the profits to a cause that you like. They provide 14-day risk-free trial, no lock in contracts and absolutely nil setup fees!
12 – Buy secondhand, or participate in the nation’s biggest weekend of garage sales
Do you need new work clothes? Instead of hitting the shopping apps, visit a Salvos or check out the many options available in Facebook Marketplace. Channel Marie Kondo and let go of items that no longer bring you joy. Donate them or participate in the Garage Sale trail in Nov.
There are many more good goals where these come from! For more inspiration, make sure to join the Humans For Good community on Facebook.