Top 10 sustainable things to do in 2020

We are used to people seeing new years as new beginnings. Deciding to lose weight, exercise more, focus on mindfulness or changing career paths. What we don’t think about as much, is how a new year is also a new opportunity to reduce our carbon footprint. Today, I suggest 10 ways on how you can make 2020 your most sustainable year yet. Some are obvious, some not so much, but one thing we can guarantee: if you implement these, your carbon footprint will reduce drastically! Ready?

Top 10 sustainable things to do in 2020

1. Get a reusable water bottle

Well, if you haven’t done this by now, you are already running behind. Get creative on how you get one: instead of buying a new one (which also comes with a footprint), see if one of your friends has an extra one. This also helps you reduce plastic.  Read 13 Reasons Why Plastic is bad & 4 product ideas that can replace plastic.

2. Change your light bulbs to LED

Extra tip: better than LED is just turning off your lights when you are not in the room!

3. Start meal prepping

This tip does not only reduce food waste but is also a great friend of your wallet – buying only exactly what you need is a money saver!

4. Shower with a bucket

As weird as it sounds, please hear me out. When you turn on the water to take a shower, there is always a reasonable amount that goes to waste while it is warming up. If you let that water flow into a bucket, instead of down the drain, you can use it to water plants or flush the toilet.

5. Shop with your own containers

Zero Waste is really becoming a trend, so it is easier and easier to shop without resorting to unnecessary packaging. Gather your old jars, sew produce bags out of old fabric pieces and get creative! Read more about waste management.

6. Boycott fast fashion

The fashion industry is one of the most polluting ones in the world. We are likely to already own more clothes than we need, so it’s time to stop buying more. And when you do need to buy more, opt for second-hand stores.

7. Reduce your meat intake

Scientists have proven that the amount of meat humanity is consuming is polluting the Earth irreversibly. You don’t necessarily have to become vegan, but our food choices matter a lot. Start with meat-free Mondays, and if you want, gradually reduce your intake from there.

8. Get a bamboo toothbrush

You will always need to brush your teeth, so why not do it in a sustainable fashion? Bamboo toothbrushes are compostable, so one less thing ending up in a landfill! It also helps in reducing plastic consumption. We know that in this day and age, plastics are everywhere. They are hard to get rid of. But at least we can keep trying.

9. Choose public transportation

Or get a bicycle. Or walk. Simply avoid using a car as much as you can and, when you do, make sure it is full, so it’s worth it.

10. Say “no”

And as easy it is to suggest, putting it into practice is way more difficult. Refusing unnecessary gifts, disposables, and anything you don’t really need can have a huge difference in your carbon footprint, and the amount of clutter in your home. Be minimalistic! Here are some ways how to say no. If you wish to explore more ideas on how to participate in reducing pollution, read 8 Best Free Eco-Friendly Apps you should download

Finally, these were the top 10 sustainable things to do in 2020. Now, Which one of these suggestions have you already implemented to make 2020 your most sustainable year? What other changes are you willing to make? Tell us everything! You might be interested to read more about the effects of plastic pollution in the ocean.

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2 thoughts on “Top 10 sustainable things to do in 2020”

  1. I do all of these things and have done many of them for over 40 years. But while i agree that people need to eat less meat, i think the correct aim is to avoid all industrially produced food not to go vegan.

    1. Hi Sally! First of all, thank you for reading the blog 🙂 I find it amazing that you have been doing these things for over 40 years. That’s truly inspiring! And I totally agree that we should avoid industrially produced food. It’s bad for us and bad for the environment as well. Let’s continue saving the planet together, step by step!

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