2021 ist da! Bist du bereit für mehr Nachhaltigkeit im neuen Jahr? - NIKIN EU

2021 is here! Are you ready for more sustainability in the new year?

2021 is here and the turbulent year of 2020 is finally behind us - the coming months will show what the new year will bring us. We are confident that it will be a good year - with the following tips you can start the new year 2021 sustainably.

2021 is here and the turbulent year of 2020 is finally behind us - the coming months will show what the new year will bring us. We are confident that it will be a good year - with the following tips you can start the new year 2021 sustainably.

2021

We can all agree that 2020 was a year for the record books. From shutdowns to travel bans, mask requirements, social distancing and more, we have been forced to change so many aspects of our lives. Through this we have learned a lot about who we are and how far we will go to protect each other. We have realized how precious our health is and that we only have one health and one planet, which are inextricably linked.

And so we come out of 2020 changed, seeing the world with different eyes and recognizing things that were difficult to recognize before. The word “essential” has taken on a whole new meaning, healthcare workers are being recognized as the heroes they always were, and the many thankless jobs that keep our lives running have taken on a whole new value.

With these 10 tips you can make your new year more sustainable

  1. Reduce your plastic consumption

From gloves to masks to hand sanitizer, we've all had to use more plastic over the last year to protect ourselves during the global pandemic. But as restrictions ease in the new year, we should also reduce our plastic consumption to what is necessary to stay safe. When shopping, avoid disposable bags and instead use a reusable bag like our TreeShopper. Use a reusable bottle like our TreeBottle and simply bring yesterday's leftovers with you in a to-go container for lunch.

  1. Reduce your meat consumption

After experiencing a year dominated by a zoonotic disease, it is impossible to ignore the connection between our health and the health of the planet. Aside from the enormous CO2 pollution, agricultural deforestation means we are penetrating deep into wild areas that were previously inaccessible. This dramatically increases the risk of coming into contact with new diseases. Just try eating vegetables and, if possible, get your animal products from a local farmer in the future.

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  1. Move – on foot

Most of us traveled much less in 2020 out of respect for COVID-19 safety guidelines and restrictions. As soon as the world slowly opens up again, we all feel the urge to get into the car or plane, travel and explore the world further. In the last few months we have learned that the most beautiful places are often not far away.  Whether to work or travel: walk, bike or take public transport (if you feel safe enough). Every kilometer that you do not travel by car or plane reduces your CO2 footprint. Think of it as a chance to save money on going to the gym!

  1. Support local businesses

Small businesses have taken a serious hit over the last year. Many struggle to keep the lights on or close their doors forever. This is a big loss for the local economy and therefore also for local governments, which depend on the tax money that the companies generate. When shopping in the future, pay attention to regional and seasonal products. Fresh regional food that tastes even better because it wasn't brought from thousands of kilometers away, meaning you can immediately reduce your CO2 footprint.

  1. Reduce your power consumption

Phantom energy can account for up to 10% of your monthly electricity bill and dramatically increase your CO2 footprint over time. It's worth investing in smart power strips, unplugging when electronic devices are not in use, turning off lights when leaving a room, keeping the thermostat temperature around 20°C and lower during the day at night or when you are not at home. These simple changes will add up for the planet and your wallet will notice, too.

Inspiration

  1. Buy organic whenever possible

Organic farmers must adhere to strict pest control standards, but they also generally use fewer resources, have less resource-intensive farming practices, protect bees, do not pollute air and groundwater, and promote local biodiversity. And with the many unregulated chemicals produced and used in agriculture, we are absorbing toxic chemicals into our bodies that definitely don't belong there. Choosing chemical-free, unprocessed foods is just one of many ways we can take control of our health.

  1. Minimize waste in at least one area

It can feel like a lot of work to go completely waste-free, but try focusing on one part of your household for the first time, like the kitchen or bathroom. Minimize your plastic use, make your own cleaning and personal care products, and swap out unnecessary items like paper towels - studies show paper is the number 1 thing that ends up in landfill. 

  1. Read green

If reading more is one of your resolutions, we have some tips about climate and the environment for you. If possible, choose sustainably produced books made from recycled materials or simply borrow them from the local library. OneTreePlanted has created a wonderful list of great books about nature and sustainability.

Inspiration

  1. Shop consciously

In times like today, we spend a lot of time online shopping. Since many stores are closed due to the crisis, we are forced to do many of our purchases online. Everyone knows the great joy when the postman shows up at the door with a new package, but it also leads to buying way too much and, above all, completely unnecessary, often unsustainable things from distant regions. Before you make any purchase, think about: How is it made, where does it come from? And most importantly, do I really need this? If you still want to shop online, then you will find great sustainable products in our shop like the Treeanie, the perfect companion in the cold months.

  1. Plant more trees

Trees help purify the air we breathe, filter the water we drink, provide habitat for over 80% of the world's terrestrial biodiversity, and so much more. So how about planting trees with us and OneTreePlanted to reduce your footprint and have a positive impact on the environment. You can help with small donations, by taking part in a tree planting event or even by becoming an ambassador and spreading the message in your community.

 

We hope these tips will inspire you to make your 2021 sustainable. We wish you and your loved ones a healthy, successful and hopefully a little more sustainable year 2021!

 

© This blog was researched, written and published by our partner organization OneTreePlanted. The content was adopted and translated by NIKIN. The blog may contain some differences from the original. You can find the original blog and further information at OneTreePlanted. We have been working with the renowned non-profit organization since 2016 - so far we have been able to plant over 1 million trees in various places around the world.

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