10 Eco-Friendly New Year’s Resolutions

10 résolutions écoresponsables pour la nouvelle année

With the end of the year right around the corner, it's time to follow the tradition of making New Year's resolutions which are often more challenging to incorporate into your routine. Despite goodwill, some things we promise to do on January 1st are quickly forgotten.

That's why we’ve written this article, to help you find simple resolutions that you can gradually add to your daily habits. Here are some ideas that will make a difference for you, your community, and the planet.

Because changing small habits can make a big difference!


1. Prioritize second-hand or exchange

The holiday season and the new year can bring many expenses: buying gifts, food for guests, family activities, missing school supplies for back to school, etc.

Before heading to the store, why not opt for a swap? Could a friend, colleague or neighbour have what you need? If so, trade the item for something you no longer need or for a nice home-cooked meal. 

Also, a great option is to buy second-hand. For (almost) any item, you can find a used alternative rather than buying new. 

Visit thrift stores or online sales platforms like Bon magasinage or Vinted for clothing and accessories.  

On Facebook MarketPlace, you can also find used treasures in many categories: electronics, appliances, cars, furniture and more! 


2. Reduce your meat consumption

With the cattle industry being one of the most polluting sectors in the world, vegetarianism and veganism have become increasingly popular.

That said, going meatless altogether can be a daunting task for some. That's why we suggest you start with one meatless day a week, which can gradually increase to 2 or 3 times a week. It’s also a great way to reduce the cost of your grocery cart. 

Many delicious vegetarian or vegan recipes are available everywhere, especially on the websites of The Buddhist Chef and Lauren Toyota. Our favourite suggestion: Ricardo's vegetarian chili.

  

Chili végétarien Ricardo

Instagram: @ricardocuisine 


3. Consume more locally

Despite your best efforts to minimize your purchases, some things are still essential: food, beverages, hygiene products, etc. For such purchases, go to your local stores.

Locate the stores in your neighbourhood that offer different goods and services and encourage them by visiting them regularly. To find a local store across Canada, visit the Shop Local Canada website. 

In addition to participating in the local economy, you often support businesses with solid family and environmental values with a conscious mission.  


4. Learn to recycle better

Recycling is a habit that is becoming more and more part of our daily lives. But are we doing it right? To find out if you are putting the right items in your blue bin, download a mobile application that provides a directory of recyclable items and tells you where to recycle them, such as Ça va où? or Recycle BC.

Locate the Ecocentre and collection points nearest you to bring your recyclable items. Finally, for electronics you no longer use, find out where to recycle them through specialized sites, such as Recycle my Electronics

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5. Reduce your food waste

In Canada, the equivalent of $31 billion is thrown away each year. An excellent resolution to adopt is to consume the food you buy and avoid wasting it to counter this problem.  

To do this, here are a few simple and easy tips:  

  • Make a grocery list to avoid non-essential purchases. 
  • Cook smaller amounts at a time or larger amounts that you can freeze.
  • Distribute your food correctly in the refrigerator to maximize its shelf life. How do you do it? Check out this article for more details.


6. Improve organic waste management

Did you know that, on average, 60% of the content of garbage cans is composed of organic matter?

Despite your efforts to reduce as much as possible from the source, some foods are still more challenging to recycle, such as eggshells, coffee grounds, fruit and vegetable peels, fish bones, etc. 

Fortunately, there are solutions to give them a second life: make a soup or a broth with vegetable scraps and meat bones, prepare homemade household products with citrus peels, make your own face mask with coffee grounds, etc.  

You can also turn to composting, which can be done in an outdoor bin or indoors with vermicomposting. If you prefer a quick and easy method, opt for the Tero device, a food waste recycler that transforms organic matter into natural fertilizer without any foul odours. To discover more options, click here. 

 

L'appareil Tero sur un comptoir de cuisine

Instagram: @teroproducts



7. Grow your own vegetables

To participate in the circular economy, start a small vegetable garden during the warmer season. In April or May, plant your vegetable and herb seedlings indoors, then transplant them outside to your garden when the time is right.

For tips and tricks on gardening, check out the gardening expert blog The Laidback Gardener.

Whether you have a yard or not, urban farming is a great way to eat fresh food, increase your food literacy and have a positive environmental impact by doing it in an environmentally responsible manner.

You can get seeds from local seed stores or exchange them with friends or on Facebook groups. If you are short on space, you can also look into the community garden options in your city. 

There are also indoor gardens that you only need to add water to, such as Novagrow and HerbiaEra. 

 

Jardinière intérieure Novagrow

Instagram: @novagrow


8. Go for the reusable

To avoid unnecessary packaging, a nice idea is to integrate the reusable version of many items at home.

For example, single-use plastic bags can be replaced with reusable cloth bags when you go to the grocery store.

Opt for beeswax, cloth, or silicone packaging to package your leftover food or snacks. Discover companies like Filo or Kliin that offer clean, waste-free home options for household products.

 

 

Bouteille réutilisable et capsules nettoyantes Filo

Instagram: @filocleaning


9. Discover bulk items

Do you know about bulk buying? It is an accessible and easy option to shop while reducing your ecological footprint. There are local stores that offer almost everything in bulk: fruits and vegetables, coffee, olive oil, shampoo, dishwashing liquid and more.

Across Canada, you can visit several Bulk Barn stores to fill your grocery cart without creating unnecessary waste.

Locate the options near you, bring your containers to fill and go stock up and don't forget your reusable bags!

 

 

Épicerie en vrac

Instagram: @larecolteenvrac


10. Use alternative means of transportation

Getting around doesn't have to be done by car. There are many options to get from point A to point B without neglecting the planet.

For example, carpooling is a simple and easy way to minimize the number of cars on the road. The option of public transportation (bus, metro, streetcar) is also a must.

Some large cities, such as Quebec City and Montreal, also offer bike-sharing or car-sharing, which allows you to use the mode of transportation that suits you only when necessary.

Finally, taking a cab for essential trips is also a great option.


By gradually integrating these 10 eco-friendly resolutions into your daily life, you will take several firm environmental actions and make 2022 a greener year.

By consuming more responsibly and locally, prioritizing repair and exchange over purchase, or leaving out unnecessary packaging and waste, you help build a better future.

Together we can make a difference!

2 comments

Jan 11, 2022 • Posted by Daniel Fugère

J’attends toujours mon tero j’espère l’avoir pour janvier.Je devrait l’avoir pour décembre janvier svp donner moi des nouvelles

Jan 03, 2022 • Posted by Diane Laberge

Très facile à faire, il faut de la bonne volonté. Je suis très satisfaite de mon Tero, le bac de compost de la ville doit se sentir esseulé.

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