For some (unknown) reason, I didn't post green resolutions for the last couple years. But, I had a good think going in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. In those years, I conquered many of my sustainable food and personal care goals, but I have a long way to go to become a completely conscious consumer. Let's kick this year off with some updated and important goals for a more sustainable life.
1. Keep a reusable bag in my purse
Hey, for this one, I've already conquered 4 out of 4 days this year and have accepted ZERO plastic bags so far. 361 days to go!
2. Refine a capsule wardrobe of ethical pieces
While in the process of moving last spring, I (responsibly) purged A LOT of fast fashion and items that were worn out / that I hadn't word in 2 years. The goal is to keep my wardrobe in this clean, curated state. When I do add something, my goal is for it to be a high quality item that is from an ethical, sustainable company. I recently bought a new top from Aeon Row and am eyeing the pointe pants from Brass when my Old Navy (yikes) pixis wear out.
3. Remember that fast fashion includes jewelry...
I've fallen into this trap a few times over the years and have a bunch of junk jewelry from who knows where. In 2017, I want all my adornments to support badass conscious jeweler babes like Sophie Hughes, Inda Creations, and Aniram Revah.
4. Get outside more
Nature does the body - and mind - good. This year, I plan to spend more time in the great outdoors whether it be for work, workout, or play. In the city, it can seem tricky to do, but the Arboretum, Blue Hills, and Urban Wilds are all so close.
5. Consider waste
After meeting Lauren Singer of Trash is for Tossers at last year's W.E.L.L. Summit, I am completely inspired to further reduce my waste. I'm not quite ready to go zero waste, but this year I hope to significantly reduce my trash by purchasing foods in refillable bulk (particularly grains) and to schedule a compost pickup at my new apartment when I move this spring.
6. Offset it all
We can't make the right decisions all the time, or else life would be boring. So when I make decisions that negatively impact the Earth (maybe traveling by train or eating a giant cheeseburger) I will keep track and purchase carbon offsets. In 2017, I will be carbon neutral. Here's how you can be too.