The New Year is a marker for new beginning and our New Year’s resolutions. In 2021, why not make your new year’s resolution about bettering the planet and our environment. Through the small changes we can all make in our day-to-day routines we can all make a difference.
1. Stop using single-use plastics in 2021
South Australia's ban on single-use plastics will start on the 1 March 2021, so why not begin the New Year by making a conscious effort to say no to single-use plastics. This year, make a conscious effort to:
Replace single-use plastics with reusable alternatives such as ceramic mugs, Keep Cups, stainless steel cutlery and glass cups.
Avoid cling wrap and place your food in a reusable container.
Replace plastic bin liners with a certified compostable bin liner.
Carry around a reusable drink bottle, Keep Cup, straws and/or cutlery.
Use biodegradable packaging - biodegradable packaging uses materials that breakdown and decompose into natural elements, preventing waste building up in landfill and environmental harm.
This is an important resolution you can make as single-use plastics end up in landfill, our oceans and waterways, harming the environment and our animals due to the fact that plastics do not biodegrade.
2. Reduce your food waste
It is recorded that food waste makes up 35% of rubbish in the average household’s bin, it contributes approximately 5 million tonnes of waste to landfill each year, and globally 8% of greenhouse gases comes from food waste! We can of course divert our food waste from landfill. This year, you could reduce your food waste by:
Using your kerbside food collection waste bin provided by your council
Store food correctly in order to avoid it going off
Freeze any leftovers for later or use the leftovers as an ingredient in another meal
Meal planning ensures you are minimising wastage
If you do find yourself throwing a lot of food away, composting is a beneficial way to reuse food scraps by turning it into energy for plants. Check out a previous blog we have written for some more insight into composting: https://www.australiangreenclean.com.au/post/composting
3. Reuse and Repair
Favour a circular economy this year by extending the lifecycle of your products. This is a valuable resolution you can make as it prevents the over-generation of waste so we can preserve resources and prevent things going straight to landfill. For example, have electronics and appliances repaired instead of buying new ones, before throwing something out consider other uses for it, buy recycled and second-hand, reuse items wherever possible, and sell or give away any items you no longer want instead of throwing it away. If we all did this, think about the about of rubbish that will be kept out of landfill.
4. Recycle Responsibly
Why not make a resolution to get on top of your recycling practices this year. Refresh your knowledge by reading our which bin guide: https://www.australiangreenclean.com.au/post/refresh-which-goes-where. It is also important that you check the Australasian Recycling Label on products as the label tells you whether the product packaging belongs in the rubbish bin, recycling bin, or can be conditionally recycled. Educating ourselves on the right recycling practice can ensure that contamination does not occur and recyclable material is kept out of landfill.
We would love to hear how you go implementing these New Years Resolutions or any other creative and sustainable changes you plan to make in 2021!