10 New Year's Resolutions To Help The Planet In 2019

 So. That was 2018. The year when politics went wild, Mr Blobby appeared on ‘Loose Women’ to give his verdict on Brexit, and the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) let us know that we have just 12 years to deal with impending global warming-induced disaster. 

With regards to the latter, you may be thinking what you can do in 2019 to be more eco-conscious. Good for you! To help you along the road to a new year habits that’s kinder to the planet, we chatted to some sustainability specialists for the resolutions they want you to try. 

1. Re-Imagine Your Relationship With Stuff 

“If you need something, buy it second hand or beg occasion pieces from your friends. If it’s got to be new, make it ethical, fair and sustainable and support brands like fashion label People Tree and footwear makers Po-Zu,” says Safia Minney, who founded the former in the early 90s and is the former MD of the latter –) and a leading ethical and eco-friendly style pioneer. 

[Read More: 5 Affordable Brands For Sustainable Fashion Fans]

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2. Call Out Shops And Restaurants Giving You Extra Plastic

“Be bold and tell supermarkets and cafes that you don’t want unnecessary packaging,” says Will McCallum, head of oceans at Greenpeace and the author of How To Give Up Plastic (£12.99, Penguin). “You can send an email to the company, take a photo of any extra packaging and tweet it, tagging in Greenpeace and using #pointlessplastic, or speak to the manger of the retailer.”

3. Give Up Wet Wipes 

If you flush them, they add to our already clogged-up sewers and, even if you don’t, they’re still another single use disposable chucked in your landfill bin every day. Breaking up with all sorts of wet wipes, including the type that takes your make-up off, is a great resolution. The alternative? “Cut a cotton flannel into squares and spray on a mix of water and calendula oil, which is antibacterial,” says plastic-free campaigner…

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