New Years resolutions can seem overwhelming. And quite frankly we love you just as you are.
But our planet is struggling and we need to help. That’s why we asked everyone in our community to make one of their New Years resolutions for the planet as #prescachange in 2022.
We truly believe an individual's change can create huge, global impact when we pull together as a community.
1. Cutting down food waste.
Odd box estimate that in the UK alone, over 3 million tonnes of fruit & veg are wasted before they even leave the farm.
So here is our resolution to try to:
- Shop smart and realistically (are you really going to eat that before Wednesday?)
- Use the freezer
- Plan ahead, buy only what you need
- Get creative with Use-It-Up Meals - our favourite, grab those fridge bits and make a Mezze style lunch
2. Mix up your commute.
Here are our top reasons to leave the extra 2 wheels at home and take your bike:
- It's healthier - studies have found that you are at bigger risk from harmful emissions sitting in your car than you are cycling through traffic.
- It's cheaper - research found that cycling to work saves commuters nearly £1,400 a year
- Parking is easier- thank you bike lock
- It's consistent - roadworks be damned
- It maximises your time with a commute/exercise combo
- It helps the community - less wear and tear on the roads, less pollution in the air and less noisy through neighbourhoods.
- It's fun - being on your beloved bike presents loads more opportunities for route finding than a vehicle that’s bound to the boring road.
And of course carbon - cycling has a carbon footprint of about 21g of CO2 per kilometre. That’s less than walking or getting the bus and less than a tenth the emissions of driving.
3. How about committing to Meat Free Monday this year?
It's estimated that livestock production could be responsible for as much as 51% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
Having at least one plant-based day a week is an easy way to do something good for the planet and our future.
Our favourite recipe? The gooey quesadilla verde minus the olives (trust us this one is a game changer).
4. Rethinking events.
While covid might have curbed us for now, if you’re already thinking about future event sign ups you might want to give your travel a rethink.
Brits are the most active flyers in the world, with every 1 in 12 international passenger being British and in 2018 our international aviation created the same emissions as all the HGVs and vans added up.
To make things easy here are a list of event organisers we love, with less travel.
And remember no airport restrictions mean you can pack more kit, win, win.
5. Green bills.
Back in 1921 Albert Einstein was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for his discovery of the photoelectric effect – which led to the invention of solar panels.
Now in 2022 maybe it’s time to make a change to a green energy supplier?
It might not save you money, but it can certainly help our planet, plus it shouldn’t cost you anymore. Less air pollution more feeling good.
6. Bottle it.
A third of all plastic litter found in the sea is made up of plastic bottles.
Because each year in the UK around 13 billion plastic bottles are used with only 7.5 billion are recycled.
Of these 13 billion, 7.7 billion are plastic water bottles.
Time to make a change:
- Where you can carry your own reusable alternative with you (preferably an environmentally-friendly alternative like our sugarcane one) and if you do forget to bring your water bottle along with you, don’t panic.
- You can find a fountain, ask a cafe for a glass of water, or purchase a glass bottle of water and reuse it.
- And finally, don’t underestimate the impact of writing to your local government. Ask them to ban single-use plastic and hold manufacturers accountable by implementing extended producer responsibility schemes.
7. It isn't all about reducing.
We understand that we all need to purchase items but you can still drive positive change when you vote with your wallet for day-to-day buys. Choosing to support environmentally aware businesses means your cash is supporting fair wages, social and environmental change. Your wallet is a hugely powerful tool for making your views known.
As a brand and a company we have a responsibility to play all out for the planet and our ambition is to do 100% good. Not less bad, 100% good. Let us know your top small changes towards climate positivity, we’d love to try them and let you know how we got on.