​How to have an eco 2017

Monday, 19 December 2016  |  Admin

As the clock turns 12 on New Year’s Eve the time has come to welcome in a New Year. For many of us this means spending the evening with our loved ones, celebrating another year gone past and one starting. For some, it can also mean that it is time to think about New Year’s resolutions. These are promises that you make to yourself about things that you want to improve and change over the next 12 months.

Do you want to make a New Year’s resolution but find that you are not sure which one is right for you? Here at Protect the Planet, we have a great idea. Why not promise yourself that 2017 will be the year that you start to live a much eco-friendlier life? To help you on the way, we have put together our top tips on how to have a thoroughly eco 2017. None of them are particularly life-changing. However, they can help you to make a dent in the world around you.

Ditch that daily commute
Do you have to drive to work? Find yourself sitting in traffic, just watching the world go by. Why not make 2017 the year that you find an alternative method of transport. You could try out public services such as the bus or train? Both of which can reduce your carbon footprint. Or, if you are feeling extra motivated to get healthy, cycling is another option for you.
Not only will you save money and protect the environment. You may also feel less stressed, less rushed and, in the case of cycling, fitter too!

Try to buy more local produce
We all know it is so easy to head to the supermarket and buy your dinner. But, you could have a much more positive impact on the environment if you instead buy from local suppliers. This could be a farmer, a butcher or an independent deli. Not only do you know that you are supporting the local community, helping them to thrive. But you are also cutting down on the emissions and used in shipping all this produce.

Best of all, food that is grown, reared or produced just around the corner from you will taste so much better too!

Go paperless
Many banks, financial services and other utilities are urging their customers to opt for paperless communication. Whilst plenty of us already do this, there are some that don’t. By cutting down on the amount of paperwork that you receive, you can have a huge impact on the amount of paper that is floating around in landfills. Not to mention the fact that they will also use less resources printing and sending out the paperwork to you. A win for everyone!

Feeling inspired to make some changes to your home, work and personal life? Why not go that little bit greener and see if you can have a positive impact on the wider world around you? Even the smallest of changes could lead to something much bigger, which is pretty exciting to be a part of.