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Sustainable Steph’s New Year’s resolutions

Our greener living series is back for 2022. As always, hush’s Sustainability Manager (AKA Sustainable Steph) is here to suggest simple, everyday swaps we can all do to be kinder to the planet.

The start of a new year always makes me think about what changes I want to make for the year ahead. It can be easy to get bogged down in all the doom, gloom and greenwashing – there’s plenty of it around! – but there is also so much opportunity to make a difference to our planet.  

Although it’s often thought that the most impactful environmental change will have to come from above (government, I’m looking at you), as I always say, there are so many swaps we can all make that can make a real difference.

So, I’ve come up with seven resolutions that I’ll be implementing to live more consciously this year. I hope they inspire you to make a few changes yourself!

1. Buy investment pieces 

I love buying new outfits as much as anyone – and you’d best believe I’m browsing away whenever hush drops the latest collection! However, changing our buying habits is one of the best things we can do to combat the global fast fashion problem. So, whenever I do buy something new, I make sure to invest in a timeless, high-quality piece that I know I’ll wear again and again.

2. …And donate any excess items

One of my favourite initiatives that we launched last year was our partnership with Thrift+, which helps you to give your unwanted clothes a second life. It definitely inspired me to clear out pieces I don’t wear anymore, and I’m on a mission to donate even more of my old clothes this year. If you’re feeling too attached to your bulging wardrobe, however, I’ve got a hack for you. Turn all your hangers one way at the start of the year and flip the hanger the other way around when you wear the piece. At the end of the year, donate any clothes still facing the original direction – you clearly don’t wear them, so you might as well make sure they reach their maximum life span.

3. Get to know your rubbish

Look, I know that getting up close and personal with the contents of your bin isn’t the most pleasant activity. But being aware of what you’re throwing away means that you can identify what you might need to swap for a more sustainable alternative. For example, if you throw out a lot of plastic bottles, switch these for cans, or stop buying bottled water all together and invest in a Phox refillable water cartrige. It’s such an easy way to become a more conscious consumer!

4. Go vegan (at least, for a bit)

Veganuary can get bad press – particularly as it can come across as a tokenistic gesture that absolves us from making meaningful, lasting change. However, reducing your meat intake has been scientifically proven to be the single biggest way to reduce your carbon ‘foodprint’, with some studies suggesting a vegan diet can reduce it by up to 73%. However, be wary of which vegan foods you eat. The rise of superfoods has led to an unprecedented demand for certain items (like avocados and almond milk)) which, in turn, has a knock-on effect on local economies and their environments. The general rule of thumb I’ll be following is to eat locally-produced, seasonal foods – even if I don’t eat vegan all the time. I’ll definitely be trying to incorporate at least a few vegan meals into my diet every week.  

5. Skill up

Learning new skills to help you be more sustainable in your day-to-day life is an easy – and fun! – way to green up your routine. Things like sewing and gardening will not only help you with your eco-mission, but they’ve also got loads of benefits for your mental health, too. Plus, if you’re not sure how to darn or sew – there are loads of repair cafes all over the country where volunteers will teach you for free.

6. Educate yourself

Make a pledge to educate yourself at least once a month on issues affecting sustainability. There are loads of books, documentaries and podcasts out there – and keep an eye out for my recommendations over the year... A great start is Georgina Wilson-Powell’s Is it really green?, which has bitesized, informative answers to pretty much every eco-query you might have.  

7. Two wheels are better than four wheels

Shopping trips, commutes and school runs all add up, so choose your mode of transport carefully. If you’re travelling a short distance, walking is (obviously) your best bet, but a bike is a great way to travel longer distances with as lower carbon footprint (or wheel print) as possible. Buy your bike second hand, if you can, or else choose one that was made in your home country to reduce the air miles it travels. And buy a helmet (safety first, after all).