TURN ONE PER MONTH.
Another year that ends and like every end of the year the guilt returns again for what was not done, plus the long list of what we hope to accomplish in the new year. And we are always very inspired when we see that we have 365 days ahead of us, however sometimes this tends to be misleading, since we set goals that are not achievable in the long run or are procrastinated for more and more years. That’s why this time I recommend doing it differently, be more realistic, you know yourself and you actually know that you will comply and definitely that you won’t; So schedule yourself consciously so that you can accomplish them all and avoid frustration again at the end of the year.
These are just some ideas, adapt this mini guide according to your needs:
JANUARY: COOKING AT HOME:
Make a meal an experience to share, try a new recipe, remember that meals at home and in some restaurants are served or packaged in Styrofoam, bags and other single-use disposables.
FEBRUARY: TWO DAYS A WEEK WITHOUT MEAT OR DAIRY:
This may represent a great challenge for you, but you can achieve it little by little until perhaps quitting permanently; The consumption of these proteins encourages the accelerated and excessive reproduction of animals, helping deforestation for breeding and greatly increasing greenhouse gases that further affect global warming.
MARCH: EVALUATE YOUR FOOD CONSUMPTION:
Try to check carefully and then buy only what you need; it is better to stock your pantry again later to avoid waste.
APRIL: BRING YOUR OWN BAGS:
Reuse bags you already have for your shopping and market; Get or create your own cloth bags, from clothes that you no longer use, you can create something with your own and original stamp.
MAY: REDUCE YOUR WASTE BY 50%:
Start by carefully reviewing the products you buy, preferably looking for those that have less or no packaging, avoid excessive use of wet wipes, these also have a percentage of plastics in their components, although they may not seem like it; Start considering using a bidet in your bathroom. In case you didn’t know, a large number of trees must be sacrificed daily to create toilet paper for your bathroom.
JUNE: USE ONLY FABRIC MASKS:
Due to the current situation, the mask has become an “accessory” of the daily newspaper, it is mandatory, but however it is not necessary that they be disposable, (excluding certain jobs and for use in airports) they must be reusable because to avoid an illness, there are now tons of face masks in the seas as a result of our irresponsible management and lack of correct disposal of them.
JULY: REUSE WATER:
In each washing machine cycle you use more than 90 liters of water that is completely lost later in the last rinse and spin. You can use this water to clean your house, wash bathrooms and other clothes; Just like in the shower while you wait for it to heat up, collect this water to water your plants and other cleaning tasks.
AUGUST: LOOK FOR ALTERNATIVES TO YOUR VEHICLE:
Use your car or motorcycle when strictly necessary, you can share it with your co-workers, and you can also use public transportation; Start considering riding a bicycle or going for a walk for leisure and rest plans. By not using cars you contribute to reducing the planet’s carbon footprint.
SEPTEMBER: ORDER AND PRIORITIZE:
It is a good time to know what you have, what you are going to use, what you can donate, what is useless; Clear your house to allow new things to arrive and know what you need and what you have, sometimes clutter contaminates us internally and this helps to clean our spaces and why not, help other people who do need it.
OCTOBER: DON’T BUY ON IMPULSE:
At the end of the year it is easy to get carried away by discounts, black Friday, offers among many other strategies that stores involve us in, this can be a great advantage if you know how to buy, however you can get very cheap products but of poor quality and of few uses, which will later become a mountain of garbage that, added to that of the others, becomes an uncontrollable ball of waste.
NOVEMBER: MAKE A LOCAL PURCHASE:
Take advantage of the fact that December is approaching to support small businesses in your area, people you know and who have original projects to give an even more personalized touch to your gifts and activate your country’s economy.
DECEMBER: REUSE YOUR PACKAGING:
I am sure that you must have a bag or wrapping paper from previous years, a fabric or something that could work for you to wrap this year’s gifts. Start cultivating this practice among your family and friends, you will give your personal touch and you will reduce so much waste due to of packaging for a single day.
EASY, RIGHT? The truth is that these twelve ideas are few, you can achieve more, however the intention is that you can carry them out, so this can be a good start for each month, perhaps in December you will realize that you have integrated all these little ones into your routine. changes and those you want to add obviously; The first few days it is normal that it costs you a little but we are creatures of habit, it is a matter of will and achieving small repetitive acts until they become habits.
Which one would you add? Leave in the comments below which one would you start with?
Thanks for reading, Vero