Avoiding the New Year No-Nos

Avoiding the New Year No-Nos

We all love to bring in the new year with lots of bubbles and joyous cheer, however, you may want to break a few habits over this festive season that will keep you from ruining your green-minded resolutions.

BYO glass.

The drinking is fun while it lasts, but waking up on January 1st to a street full of plastic wine cups is every town’s nightmare. Not only does it cost the local council a mint to clean your rubbish off the curb, it also adds to the massive amount of waste that does NOT get recycled but put straight into landfill. Think about bringing your own glass this year. You’ll feel much more posh drinking from your granny’s vintage crystal-wear anyway.


Turn it down.

Enjoy a few tunes with your mates, but be considerate of the amount of noise you are producing. Believe it or not, noise pollution is a very real problem and has the ability to alter acoustic environments to both aquatic and terrestrial habitats. Many animals such as bats and dolphins rely on frequency to avoid predators and find food. Plus, driving your car down the main street with your subwoofer thumping and arm out the window is not a good look. Sorry – just saying.

Clean up your waste.

While this might seem obvious, it’s easy to let the stray party popper streamers fall to the floor without a second thought. Whatever you’ve decorated your site with, or brought into public to decorate the streets, be sure to take it home with you and either dispose or recycle it in a responsible manner. Most paper streamers can be put straight into re-cycle bins. Try not to purchase decorations which are plastic or non-recyclable. Once again, this adds to landfill which takes thousands of years to break down.

Don’t buy bottled water.

Before you leave the house, grab your favorite bottle and fill it up! Carry it in your handbag and remember to drink often. Before the end of the night, it will weigh nothing and you will have saved the planet from more polluting plastic.

What not to wear.

Just because it’s a big night, doesn’t mean you need to go and buy a piece of fickle fast fashion. Be true to who you are. Wear an old dress you love, or go check out what you can find in your local op-shop. Challenge your friends to do the same. Donning the latest trends doesn’t necessary speak wonders about your individuality.

Set realistic resolutions.

Giving up processed food? Going vegan for life? Make goals that are worthy of your willpower and don’t put too much pressure on yourself. The best resolutions are ones which you can envision yourself sticking to because you feel really passionate about them. Start small and work your way up.

Be kind to yourself. Be kind to others. And have a wonderful New Year!

Katie Gannon

After running an ethical fashion label for 5 years, I started this blog in 2007 after learning first hand about the importance of sustainability in fashion design. I am a passionate environmentalist and wish to promote individuals and organisations around the world working on innovative design. I have a BA in Communications / Media as well as a Cert IV in Clothing Production, and run my own graphic design company at www.katiegannon.com

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