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  • Kristen Gilbride

Sustainable New Years Resolutions

Updated: Jan 1, 2020

A new year is great for a fresh start...and also a great time to reflect on the last year, and make plans for improvement! In 2019, one of my smaller resolutions was to start implementing zero waste methods into my daily life. I bought a composter, stopped shopping unethically (since 2017), and made it a habit to bring my reusable cup everywhere with me (also check out my affiliates link if you want to buy a reusable cup with a built in tea brewer!). I really found it helpful to make habits out of small acts; within the last year I think I've only used a single use coffee cup only a handful of times. It may not change the whole industry but I've gotten my mom to also only use a reusable cup!

My sustainable resolution is to use reusable grocery bags (because I forget almost every single time) and also use reusable utensils! For me, making small resolutions are much easier to follow through with. If you're trying to make small resolutions through fashion here are a few ideas:

Buy only natural fibered clothing! This is an easy way to limit your plastic waste. Fabrics like polyester, acrylic, spandex, nylon are plastic-based and when washed they shed small micro fibers into our water. Sticking to fabrics such as cotton, silk, linen, wool, bamboo, hemp, cashmere, Tencel and more will keep help to limit your micro-plastic waste. Find out more about fabrics here!

Go local! Try only buying locally produced clothing. This is a great way to support small designers who depend on your purchases. Look up clothing made in your town, state, or country; see how creative you can get with only buying products made within a 25 mile radius of your house (and let me know how it goes if you do!!). This can be difficult based on where you live, but supporting small designers is important!

Stick to certifications! If you have the money, buy from companies that are certified. Some great certifications are USDA, Fair Trade, B Corp, World Fair Trade Organization and countless more! Check out more about what these certifications mean on Good On You. Although certifications can be expensive for a company to get, it's a good way for a trusted third-party to investigate the sustainable practices of a company.

Thrift it up! Secondhand shopping is a great way to be sustainable. The over production of garments has lead to thrift stores being stuffed to the brim with clothing that has only been worn a few times. I love going to local thrift stores, Goodwills, and if I'm feeling boujee, a high-end consignment shop. But if you follow my Instagram, you'll know I'm in love with going to estate sales. I've found ridiculously affordable finds at estate sales. Check your local newspapers or estate sale websites to find ones by you!

Stop buying all together! The best way to be sustainable is to just stop shopping. If your closets are exploding with clothing, try wearing all your clothes before you buy something new. It's a humbling feeling to stop consuming, it makes you rethink the whole business of shopping. This is also the best way to save a lot of money!


Encourage everyone around you to be sustainable! Whether it's recycling, composting, buying, cleaning, or eating, small changes can lead to bigger changes!!


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