Go Green in the New Year!

For many people around the world, it is tradition to create a list of resolutions to conquer in the New Year. Whether it is working out more or cutting out sweets, many common resolutions center on improving one’s self.  However, this year, try to focus on creating goals that will have a larger global impact. 

It is no secret that climate change is a major issue, and if we do not enact solutions quickly, there will be major consequences. From rising carbon emissions to an increase in sweltering temperatures, the signs of global warming are crystal clear 

This coming year focus shifting your lifestyle so that you are having a positive impact on the environment. Luckily, here at Planet Aid we have compiled a list of resolutions that will make your New Year green and eco-friendly! 

Stay Away from Plastic 

Plastic is incredibly detrimental to the environment, largely because it is non-biodegradable. When plastic ends up in a landfill, it emits gases that are harmful to our planet. Many of the products we use on a daily basis contain plastic, from shopping bags to water bottles to clothing.  

The U.S. is a major consumer of plastic, with over 35 million tons generated in 2017. Sadly, only eight percent of that amount was recycled. 

Going into 2020, try to limit the amount of plastic you consume. If you are going shopping for groceries or clothing, bring a reusable bag, preferably one that contains a biodegradable material, such as cotton. Plastic bags are difficult to recycle and harm wildlife when they end up in the ocean. 

When it comes to water bottles, look for a travel container, preferably made of a durable metal that can be used repeatedly. The same goes for straws; switch to one that you reuse and take with you to restaurants as a replacement to plastic. Over 500 million plastic straws are used every day and they can harm wildlife when disposed of improperly. 

Shop Secondhand 

One New Year’s resolution you need to have on your list is to change your clothing shopping habits. Many of the stores you shop from, such as H&M and Zara, sell items that are considered fast fashion. The clothes and shoes are affordable, but they are of low quality, so they tend to be disposed of quickly, which negatively affects the environment. 

The fast fashion industry is one the most polluting industries in the world and accounts for nearly 10 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. A majority of fast fashion items contain non-biodegradable fabrics, which harm the Earth if they end up in a landfill. 

To combat the fast fashion industry, it is imperative that you shop secondhand. Shopping at secondhand clothing stores is an efficient way to recycle clothing and is an affordable option as well. Fortunately, the secondhand clothing sector is booming; it is expected to grow to 1.5 times the size of the fast fashion industry by 2028.  

Donate, Donate, Donate 

Has one of your yearly resolutions been to clear the clutter in your home? Well this year you can complete that resolution by donating your used items. At Planet Aid, we accept clothing and shoes and you can drop items off at one of our convenient 19,000 yellow bins. In 2018, we successfully diverted over 90 million pounds of clothing from landfills with the help from our bins. For items other than textiles, look for local charities or thrift centers to donate to.

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