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Our 5 Eco New Year's Resolutions

Our 5 Eco New Year's Resolutions

Your new year plans are probably already pretty hectic. Whether it’s joining the gym, giving something up or starting something new! Whatever you've got planned we hope you’re ready to kick start the year in style. Here at TSEP we’re planning something a little different, and if you want to make green choices too then here are our eco New Year's Resolutions for 2018.

BAG FOR LIFE Gareth Redmond-King, Head of Climate and Energy Policy at WWF, recommends that we step up the fight against plastic pollution in 2018 by carrying a material bag rather than paying 5p for a plastic one. So that’s exactly what we’re planning on doing this year!

STRAWS SUCK We’re always looking for ways to cut back on single use plastics and this year we’re saying no to straws! One of our biggest resolutions is to refuse plastic straws, but with over 5 million drinks in America served every day with a straw, we’ve got a long way to go! Head to Plastic Pollution Coalition to find out how you can get involved too.

COFFEE-TO-GO Every year more than 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups end up in landfill sites unable to be recycled. Major chain Costa Coffee have promised to collect any paper cups regardless of their brand, to help combat this. But the best way to avoid adding to the increasing landfill pile is to take your own reusable coffee mug to the counter. Not only is it better for the environment but some stores like Pret a Manger will even give you 50p off your coffee for doing so! We’re investing in a KeepCup to help us stick to this resolution.

DON’T REFUSE TO REUSE Coffee cups are just a drop in the ocean compared to the 19 billion plastic water bottles which end up in landfill every year - and not only that but they can take up to 700 years to decompose! Invest in a reusable water bottle and fill up from the tap when you're thirsty rather than buying expensive bottles every time. We’re hoping to save some cash and help alter the statistic that nearly 16 million bottles don't get recycled in Britain every year.

HELP THOSE WHO HELP This year we’re making a conscious effort to donate more to charities which are close to our heart. Our friends over at Energy Relief help you make a free donation to charity whilst finding you the best energy tariff for your home or business which is a great place to start. Click here to search through the 10 High-Impact environmental charities with integrity.

Good luck to all of you making resolutions or setting goals this year!

The TSEP gang