Whether it's the choice to switch to cruelty-free hair dye or to spend more time in nature, there are many rewarding things you can do for yourself and the planet this year.
2019 was a great year in terms of awareness. Society as a whole became vastly more aware of environmental issues, the importance of self-care and how the two can support one another.
The exciting thing about this is that change is happening, but it needs to take place in monumental proportions and quickly!
Now, if you feel the same way as we do about what is happening in the world around us, then you may find yourself wondering what it is you can do to support the change we need.
So, we have put together a list of 20 things you can do for yourself and the planet this year, which can help you be actively involved in making a difference.
15 Goals for 2020
It may seem strange, but we believe that when we make small changes in our personal lives and daily habits, we are better equipped to do more for others and for the planet.
Everything good starts with a bit of self-care, and here are some things that you can do for yourself this year:
Take Time to Relax
Obviously, we all have different ways of relaxing but what's not obvious to all of us is that taking some time off to unwind is very important.
Read a book, take a nap, watch that documentary you've been wanting to watch, go for a walk or just sit outside. Find what relaxes you and do it.
Sometimes this is hard when we are surrounded by bad news and negative people. However, we attract what we give energy to. So, commit to giving your energy to thinking positively and counting your blessings and prepare yourself for more blessings to come.
Take on a New Challenge
As humans, we like to convince ourselves that we “simply don’t have the time.” We have learned that there is always time, we just have to make it. Start a hobby that you’ve always been interested in, or sign up for that online course you’ve been eyeing out. There’s no time like the present and taking on a new challenge can be hugely rewarding.
Setting boundaries is a powerful form of self-preservation. Boundaries help you decide what you're willing to allow into your personal bubble, and there is nothing more empowering than protecting your own values.
Spend Time Outdoors
We spend far too much time indoors and forget how nature can revitalise and restore us. Make an effort to be in nature as much as you can. Go hiking, camping or sit in your neighbourhood park for half an hour, you’ll go home feeling stress-free and energised.
There are loads of organisations which make volunteering super easy and fun. Get involved with a soup kitchen, donate unwanted goods to charities or take some shelter dogs for a walk. Not only will you be making a difference, but doing good feels good and reminds us to be grateful for all we have.
Ignore what the media says and let go of any expectations or standards that are not your own. It doesn’t happen overnight, but we should make an effort to wake up every day and remind ourselves that we are more than enough. Make sure your internal conversation and daily thoughts are filled with kind, loving words.
For the Planet
Support Local Businesses
By supporting local businesses, you are directly affecting the demand that calls for mass production and consumption. So, buy your fresh produce from a local farmer or your clothes from a flourishing local designer. Not only are you helping small businesses grow, but you are also reducing your carbon footprint.
We all hate litter, but what are we really doing about it? There are many beach clean-ups that you can take part in to really make a difference. Is your favourite picnic spot full of litter? Take a few biodegradable bags with you next time and pick it up.
Every bit counts and we have control over our choices and what we do in our personal space. What are you doing with your own waste? Start making eco-bricks at home, re-use and upcycle whatever you can, catch water in your shower and use it to flush your toilet, make your own compost with vegetable offcuts and walk or cycle to the shop instead of driving.
We all know that meat production is a major contributor to carbon emissions and water consumption. Try going meat-free on Mondays to reduce the demand for meat; why not make it a meat-free month?
Make Better Choices
There are so many choices when it comes to cruelty-free cosmetics that there really is no reason to carry on supporting companies that test on animals. From cruelty-free hair dye to mascara, deodorant, and shampoo, we now have the choice to look and feel good without the guilt. Support companies that do not test on animals!
Single use plastic is one of the biggest contributors to the destruction of various eco-systems. Sometimes avoiding plastic is impossible, but there are ways to minimise our use of single use plastic. Take your own Tupperware containers, reusable veggie, and shopping bags when you do your shopping. In addition, there are loads of waste-free shops opening all over the country which sell all kinds of products that are not wrapped in plastic.
It’s our duty to spread the word and raise awareness wherever we go. Initiate eco-friendly practices in your workplace by encouraging recycling, the use of eco-bricks in the kitchen, the re-use of materials such as paper, and carpooling with colleagues who live in the same area.
There is a major climate change protest taking place in March. Organised protests are powerful in their ability to bring awareness to the climate crisis and will force the government and other institutions to start taking action. Get involved, take part and take action!
Mirror Moon Eco-Glitter and Cruelty-Free Hair Dye
We are passionate about doing our best to save the planet and prevent further deterioration of our eco-systems. We also believe that it’s time to dedicate time to self-care practices which help us become more connected to ourselves and the Earth.