Happy New Year!
New Year’s Resolutions
The new year has just kicked off, and we are already excited about all the fantastic things and possibilities this year brings.
The start of a new year inspires new beginnings and fresh starts. This includes setting New Year’s Resolutions.
As we all have a role in moving towards the SDGs, wouldn’t it be amazing if some of your new year’s resolutions were dedicated to living more responsibly and minimizing our consumption?
Decide on the right resolutions
Start by reflecting on the last year in terms of New Year’s resolutions in general and where you can make smaller or bigger changes in your life and become more sustainable. The challenge is to be bold and ambitious about the mark you want to leave on the planet, yet also realistic. Instead of setting several resolutions and not following any of them since the amount seems overwhelming, set fewer ones. For example, instead of saying that you will never do or purchase something again, say that you will cut down significantly on this and be specific about this. A widely used example here is to maybe only eat meat products one time a week instead of trying to cut out meat from your diet entirely from one day to another if you are regularly eating meat.
Inspiration for new year’s resolutions
There are many great and uplifting ideas for more responsible New Year’s Resolutions. At EcoHotels.com, we are excited to welcome the new year and see what this year will bring. We have gathered a list of some of the resolutions we are setting for the coming year. Maybe some of these can inspire you? Adding to our list are the acts of sharing, caring, and solidarity, which should be a New Year’s resolution on everybody’s list.
Ideas for more responsible resolutions
- Go vegetarian
- Use less heating and more sweaters
- Walk more in nature and ground and connect
- Sort all my waste – no excuse
- Support local hotels and shops when traveling
- Try to grow your own food
- Bike, walk, or take public transportation whenever possible
- Carbon offset whenever flying
- Start a new tradition with friends and family of bringing together leftover food once a week and making a meal out of this together
- Shop locally in the area where you live, even if this means prices are higher than online
- Reduce shower times (take cold showers 1-2 times a week; this will automatically reduce shower time!)
- Donate more stuff and clothing. Try to donate something for every new thing bought
- Wash clothes less
- Take the challenge of not buying clothing or material stuff for one month. Repeat the challenge
- Ask about sustainable-oriented initiatives at hotels, restaurants, or shops when visiting (the higher the focus and demand from consumers towards sustainability, the more action will be taken from producers. An option can also be to write emails to the places you visit, politely showing interest or questions about sustainable-oriented initiatives). You can find several eco-certified hotels via EcoHotels.com
- Learn more about sustainability topics
- Donate money to animal welfare.
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Tell us about your new year’s resolutions!
We hope this compromised list can inspire some of your New Year’s resolutions. We would love to hear if you have other ideas (we bet you have!). Feel free to share with us in the comments to this blog post or write us a message on any of our social media platforms with your New Year’s resolutions.