Try helping the environment this year
If you’ve tried giving up wine and you wouldn’t dream of quitting chocolate, shake things up for lent 2019. If you don’t know what to give up for lent this year, challenge yourself to do activities every day that will help the planet. These don’t need to be extravagant acts, but rather small steps to help you lead a more sustainable life. If you manage to keep up your good intention for the whole 40 days, you’ll be well on the way to making it a regular thing; researchers say it take 66 days to make a permanent habit. Remember, lent 2019 begins on Wednesday 6th March and ends Thursday 18th April.
Ditch your motor
Cycle, walk or get public transport to reduce your carbon footprint. Going completely car-free may be difficult for those who commute, so organise a car share with a colleague. Or, head to liftshare.com for a little extra help.
Challenge yourself to ditching disposable and single-use packaging by living a zero-waste lifestyle. You may need to Google packaging-free stores in your area, and hunt around supermarkets for alternatives to your usual items.
Avoid palm oil
This will include scanning the back of packaging and switching some of your everyday products out of your routine. At first, this may seem like a particularly challenging item to give up for Lent, but persevere with it, as you will also be able to find solace knowing you’re reducing your deforestation footprint.
Save your water
Every time you have a bath or shower, keep the water and put it to good use. This can be to water the plants in your garden, or even to give your pooch a refreshing bath. By doing this, you’ll be reducing your water footprint, while also saving a few pennies on bills.
Say ‘no’ to tech
Reducing the amount of time you spend on your phone, watching TV and on your computer. This will save electricity, which will in turn have a positive impact on the environment.
Through Lent, double check all the products you buy are in recyclable packaging. This means avoiding materials such as black plastic, Styrofoam and items which contain hidden plastic, such as gum and envelopes.
Ditching meat and dairy has countless benefits. Not only does it help to save the lives of innocent animals, but it will also reduce your ecological footprint and have a positive impact on your overall health.
Paper is a great resource to give up for lent. Ask for an e-receipt when shopping or get your bank statement sent to your email to save paper. This is an easy way to help the environment, and you’ll also have less clutter.