It's 2016! And as well as being an exciting party time, the new year is a great time to reflect and get yourself set up for an even bigger and better year ahead. While some of you might be thinking 'get fit' goals, why not get your friends and family together to set some eco goals for 2016? We've put together the below short list of eco resolutions to help make 2016 greener and brighter than ever.
1) Buy less bottled water - in the US, 35 billion plastic bottles are thrown away every year, and of that only 1 in 6 are recycled. Not only is this a crazy amount of waste for our landfills, but the production of these bottles uses valuable energy and resources. Reusable bottles now come in a variety of colours, shapes and sizes for every occasion - take a moment to research and invest in a suitable solution for yourself.
2) Become a part-time Veggie - most of us have all heard of meat-free Mondays and the health and environmental benefits which stem from this trend, so why not become Veggie on a more regular basis? You'll be reducing your carbon footprint, and refuelling your body and may help reduce your risk of developing chronic health issues such as diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease.
3) Play with your food - waste not, want not! 30-40% of the US's food supply ends up in landfills, breaking down to produce methane gases. This is a waste of valuable resources, a waste of money, and increases our greenhouse gas levels. Try to plan your home cooking in advance and buy only what's needed, and play with your food to think of creative ways to use those leftovers!
4) Reduce the plastic - a simple visit to the supermarket can suddenly become a flood of plastics if you aren't paying attention to packaging. Bring your own reusable bags, read labels, use less of those little plastic baggies for your fruit and veg (better yet - head to your local farmers markets for fruit and veg). And the same goes for any shopping expedition - reusable bags are your friends!
Making a few small changes here and there can make a big difference. Get your family and friends on board, and set yourself some goals! Will you join the niin team? What will your eco resolutions be?