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10 Easy New Year's Climate Resolutions

By Hugo Douglas-Deane

Want to do your bit this year? Do ‘look up’ and make some of these easy climate-based New Year’s resolutions.

From shampoo bars to doing a #2MinuteBeachClean, here’s your list of easy things to do to get your year off to a great start.

1. Get a refillable water bottle & cup

You'll end up saving hundreds of difficult to recycle coffee cups from going to landfill every year. You can find plenty of small compact and collapsible cups nowadays.

Someone filling up a water bottle from a tap

2. Divest from Amazon

Do you really need that plastic cereal dispenser? Do a quick search and you'll find endless articles about terrible working rights, insane levels of waste and vague climate policies. Buying from them says that's OK.

A Samsung smart phone with the Amazon logo on the screen

3. Buy second-hand

We're a charity shop nation. Pick up a deal or find pre-loved clothes (often brand new) on Depop, Facebook Marketplace, or your neighbourhood WhatsApp chat.

Clothes on wooden hangars on a rack

4. Pack your own lunch

Meal deals = more plastic! It's cheaper to make your own too, and your meal options increase substantially.

Two open lunchboxes on a counter with rice, chickpeas and avocado

5. Switch to shampoo and soap bars

Bottles of shampoo can be between 70-90% water! All of that leads to more plastic and packaging and extra space in transit. Bars are smaller, last longer and use a fraction of the packaging (which is usually cardboard, to boot).

Three white bars of soap on a table

6. Do a #2MinuteBeachClean

The now global movement started back in 2007 and has since inspired hundreds of thousands of people taking part. You can join the movement by visiting the 2 Minute Beach Clean website.

someone's gloved hand holding up a plastic bottle cap on a beach

7. Get a food waste caddy

Fruit and veg only take a few days to break down but in landfill that can change to up to 25 years! Layers of rubbish on top means not enough oxygen or worms for food to break down. Head to your local council website if you don't already have one – they'll often even give you biodegradable compost bags for free.

A compost bin with a potted plant and a chopping board with cucumber and sweet potato on it

8. Switch to a greener bank

With internet banking, it's easy to switch in minutes now. Many high street banks invest your money in oil and arms. Divest your money and go with a bank like Monzo or Starling – their banking apps are brilliant, too.

Someone holding a bank card while typing on an Apple laptop

9. Clean out your wardrobe

Give your unwanted clothes to a charity shop near you to give them a new life. Take the Marie Kondo approach and ask yourself: 'Does this bring me joy?' If the answer is no, you know what to do…

A person sitting on their bed surrounded by piles of clothes, looking at their phone

10. Recycle old phones & electronics

45% of UK homes have between two and five electronic devices sitting in a drawer. Most charities accept old mobile phones, whether they're working or not. Head to to learn more about the places you can take them.

A hand dropping a battery into a small bin