2019 sustainable resolutions
Back to work and still stuck for a New Year's resolution? Why not try one of our Top 5 ways to become more sustainable, taken from Issue 03 of Cue magazine, 'We did it on Purpose'.
1) Eat junk food
We’re fans of two great sharing economy apps that could not only save you your lunch money but also help to reduce food waste in your area.
OLIO connects neighbours and local businesses to ensure surplus food is shared and not thrown away. This could include spare home grown veg, dinner party left overs or groceries left behind before a holiday.
Karma helps restaurants, cafes and grocery stores sell unsold food at a lower price to discourage spares from being thrown away. With 1/3 of all food produced wasted, this Swedish start-up joins the shift towards a more sustainable society.
2) Give your shoes a new lease of life
Established in the early 1990s, Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe program will take up to 10 pairs of shoes that have run their last mile or played their last game and transform these into Nike GRIND materials. With 71% of Nike footwear and apparel products now made with Nike GRIND Material, your old kicks could make a comeback after all.
3) Unpack your food shop
Planet Organic, a health food, sustainable haven brings ‘Unpackaged’ to four London locations, Islington, Muswell Hill, Torrington Place and Westbourne Grove. You can fill your old ice-cream tubs or reusable jars with ethically sourced products, including, chocolate, nuts, seeds, cereals, grains, pulses and even household cleaners. Helping individuals and businesses to consume sustainably, ‘Unpackaged’ are pioneering the zero waste model, encouraging a reuse and refill society.
4) Lead a Lush life.
Lush have saved nearly 6 million plastic bottles globally from selling their popular solid shampoo bars and advocate that products shouldn't be packaged. The company is known for taking care when buying raw materials and uses ingredients that are produced in a sustainable way. Lush also operates a return-for-reward system on products that do use their 100% post-consumer recycled plastic, once you’ve used five signature black pots, clean them out and grab a free face mask. It’s a win/win!
5) Get hands on
Restart is a company have taken local action to move beyond the throw-away economy and is preventing electronic waste through hands-on events, teaching people to fix their own electronics. 13,938 hours volunteered, 8713 kg waste prevented and 3,788 devices fixed; could you lend a hand or learn something new?
You can read more about sustainable goals and stand out purpose driven campaigns in Cue Issue 03: bit.ly/Cuemag