Updated: Jun 24, 2019
In 2019 I will…
#1 Start composting
Whether you live in a mansion amongst the trees or in a cosy studio in the city, there is a solution out there for you to start composting your organic waste.
If you have a garden, it is very easy to start composting your food waste outdoors and use the compost as a great natural fertiliser for your plants and trees. If you live in a situation that makes it more difficult to compost outdoors, you can set up an indoor compost station. Here is a great article that explains how to do it. Or if you are feeling more adventurous, you can even start a worm bin or ‘wormery’!
If you live in Merton and do not have a garden to make use of your compost, the council collects food waste which is then turned into fertiliser and biogas fuel, through a process called ‘anaerobic digestion’.
#2 Buy fresh, seasonal vegetables
Did you know five to six times more CO2 will have been used in the production of a tomato bought out of season compare to a tomato consumed in season?
Food production is one of the top 3 greenhouse gas emitting human activities, it has a similar impact on the planet as transportation and housing.
By choosing diversified, seasonal, local and organic foods, you can at the same time make a gesture for the planet, preserve your health and enjoy yourself! You might even discover new ingredients and recipes…
Here is a useful table to see what’s in season year-round, and plan your shopping to suit.
#3 Swap shampoo bottles for shampoo bars
Tested and approved: shampoo bars are definitely the way to go. If you haven’t tried them already go ahead and buy one today! Not only do they work just as well as bottled shampoos, but they also contain fewer chemicals, help reduce waste and last longer.
#4 Shop with reusables
Boxes, jars, fabric shopping bags, cotton produce bags… Get the necessary equipment now to go zero waste shopping all year round.
A lot of shops are now encouraging customers to bring in their own containers in an effort to reduce plastic packaging. Have your shopping kit ready so you never have to buy 5p plastic bags at the checkout again!
#5 Learn how to repair
In 2019, decide to fix things rather than replacing them when they stop working. Make a conscious effort to try to prolong the life of your belongings, you will learn new skills and save money and precious resources.
#6 Get your milk delivered
The milkman is back in town! No longer a figure of the past, milk delivery services are making a comeback.
Have fresh milk and local products delivered directly to your door as often as you need and let the milkman collect your empty glass bottles. This simple circular system is a great way to support local farmers and reduce plastic packaging.
Find your local milkman here.
It is important to get recycling right. The lack of regulation around recycling activities make it very confusing and can lead to a lot of misconduct and abuse.
According to the BBC, in the UK “each council collects their plastic recycling differently […] there are 39 different sets of rules for what can be put in plastic recycling collections”.
This is why it is important to learn about your local council policies and know what goes in your recycling bins.
If you live in Merton, we have created this practical guide to help you.
#8 Cycle more
When possible, try to opt for ‘soft’ transport means such as walking, cycling and taking public transports. This will help reduce CO2 emissions and encourage you to exercise more.
With cycle hire and public bike share schemes being set-up all over the country, it is now easier and easier to cycle everywhere, even if you do not own a bike. If you are in London for example, the Santander Cycles scheme includes more than 14,000 bikes accessed from over 770 stations across the capital.
Take a look at this great guide to see the best options near you.
#9 Always carry a reusable bottle
Reusable cups and bottles have become an essential in the Zero Waster starter kit. To avoid buying single-use plastic bottles that might end up in the landfill or in the sea if not recycled properly, buy one reusable bottle and refill it when you need.
As part of their Refill campaign to keep Britain hydrated and plastic free, City to have developed an app where you can locate your nearest free water refill station anywhere in the UK.
Try the app now.
#10 Learn how to make my own household products
From citric acid toilet bombs to white vinegar window cleaner, be a little creative and try new DIY household cleaning products.
Our Pinterest is full of great ideas and recipes to make your own household products.