New Year – Here’s how to do your bit.

Somehow 2017 has flown by and we suddenly find ourselves in the first days of 2018. New Years are a prime time for resolutions and the whole ‘new year, new me’. While I agree that you can make a change any day of the year, I don’t see a problem with using this fresh start to give yourself a little push.

But I don’t want to focus on weight or goals like that (at least not on here!) I want to look at some little ways to use this push to do some good. So while I have a glass of wine and write out my resolutions and plans for 2018, here are a couple of ways that you can bring a little good into the world and help others, some big and some small!

  • Have a clear out!

It’s the perfect time to gather up the old clothes you don’t wear anymore, or the books you no longer read. There are hundreds of charity shops calling out for stuff and even  the smallest donation can bring in money to support a local cause. Every time I go on a shopping spree, I try to donate a bag of old goodies to my local Mind shop. It’s a great habit to get into and can bring much needed funds to support people.

  • Use this year to tackle your food waste!

I hate the thought of food just being wasted, so ever since moving into the flat I’ve been pushing to cut down my food waste – including being very creative with a box of tomatoes. Try different recipes, or if you feel like you really can’t use it all – share it! I’m forever taking left over yoghurts or bananas into work to share out if I know I won’t be able to eat them in time. Love Food Hate Waste is a great website, packed with recipes and great reasons to cut down on that waste!

  • Have you heard of Sustainable Palm Oil?

Palm Oil is in EVERYTHING! (well maybe not everything but it’s in most things, some research suggests 50% of supermarket products contain it) Including soaps, chocolates and biscuits. It can have lots of benefits when farmed sustainably however when it isn’t it can cause problems especially for Wildlife. Endangered species such as Orangutans can suffer as their homes become fragmented or even burnt down. So why not make this the year you go sustainable? You can find out loads of information on Palm Oil on websites such as this one here or even by just googling it! Lots of companies are actively supporting the cause, including ones such as Whole Earth Foods (so you can get that Peanut Butter fix!) you can find out more here: http://wholeearthfoods.com/palm-oil/  This is definitely something I’ll be working on this year, to hopefully make some more sustainable choices.

  • Be kind. Always.

It’s an old one, but it’s a good one. Spread kindness. Text your friends who you haven’t heard from in a while, give out compliments. Take some time out of your day to just do something nice for someone. It doesn’t have to be a big act because every little helps. You never know how someone feels, so your one act of kindness could brighten their day.  It will also make you feel good which is a great way to kick start 2018.

New Year doesn’t have to mean a new you, but it can mean some new positive habits if you feel like doing your bit. This year I aim to live more sustainably, although moving in has definitely helped me in terms of pushing me to do lots of recycling! But I’m hoping to do some more kind things for others and for the environment. I’m excited to see what this year brings!

Whatever resolutions you set (or if you don’t set any) remember to never feel bad if you don’t always achieve them. Every day is a chance to learn, so sometimes we get things wrong, we forget to do something, but you can always start again. So whether it’s to do you bit or to eat better, allow yourself a break if you slip up.

Every day is a new day and there is nearly always a little ray of light, even on your darkest days – cheers to that.

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