Three cheers for the new year! 2023 has arrived and with it comes a multitude of different promises that we’ve made to ourselves in order to become happier and better versions of ourselves. However, the key to making positive lifestyle changes (that we maintain beyond January!) is ensuring that our pledges aren’t too drastic and overwhelming.
For instance, if you’ve vowed to become more eco-conscious this year, it’s best you don’t bite off more tofu than you can chew. Instead, make small lifestyle changes that are easier to manage and commit to – while still having a huge impact on the planet. Wondering where to start? We’ve put together a handy guide to inspire your eco-friendly desires!
Buy a reusable water bottle and coffee cup
For many of us, starting work before we’ve had a cup of coffee from our favourite café is simply impossible. And how are we supposed to stay alert and hydrated throughout the day if we don’t have a trusty bottle of water by our side?
If this sounds like you, the first small but powerful lifestyle change you can make this year is to purchase a reusable water bottle and/or coffee cup. Shocking levels of waste are produced from paper cups and plastic bottles, meaning there’s never been a better time to ditch this bad habit in favour of a much more environmentally friendly alternative.
Every time you pour yourself a delicious hot beverage in your reusable cup, you save at least one single-use cup from ending up in landfill or in our beautiful ocean. If you’re somebody who appreciates two or three cups of coffee or tea per day, that’s 730 to 1,095 naughty disposable cups you’re single-handedly stopping from polluting the environment every year! Not all superheroes wear capes, but they do have a reusable coffee cup that’s kind to the environment.
Switch to plastic free toilet paper
Toilet paper is a household item that we simply can’t live without (or at least it would be very difficult, and, erm, messy). Just because it’s a necessity, however, doesn’t mean you can’t be more conscientious about the brands you buy from.
This year, one simple yet effective lifestyle change you can make and maintain is to buy plastic free toilet paper that promises to be kind to the ocean, kind to the environment, and kind to your bum! “Where oh where can I purchase this fantastic, eco-friendly alternative?” we hear you cry. Well, from your friends here at Oceans, of course.
Not only do we offer super soft toilet roll that comes without unnecessary plastic packaging and is made sustainably here in the UK, but we can also arrange for a toilet roll delivery to reach your door in just 48 hours. 2023 is the year of making choices that don’t stink!
Follow a vegan diet one day per week
Ditch the meat and dairy products for just one day out of the seven we’re blessed with per week, and reap the environmental and health benefits. Winner, winner, Quorn pieces for dinner! Even extremely passionate carnivores have discovered they are able to embrace the plant-based alternatives for a mere 24 hours.
The vegan food industry has come a long, long way in recent years. Now, you’ll find a plant-based alternative for all your favourite animal-based food items, including milk, cheese, chocolate… even steak! With all these fantastic options, making this small lifestyle change has never been easier.
“But what’s one day going to achieve?” we hear you ask. Well, as a matter of fact, quite a lot. Going vegan for just 14% of the week will save approximately 30 square feet of forest, as well as reduce your risk of developing heart failure, cancer, and obesity.
Small changes for the win!
Being a better person doesn’t have to mean pulling your entire lifestyle apart and starting from scratch. In fact, that’s probably the worst thing you can do, as you’ll be much less likely to maintain your fantastic new habits. Instead, look for little things you can do to help the environment (and yourself), perhaps starting with the above three points.