"Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world"
- Howard Zinn, Historian and Social Activist
Happy New Year and welcome to 2019!
Whether you believe in resolutions or not, entering a new year provides the opportunity for a fresh mindset, new habits and a better way forward. Why not think about embracing one small change or habit to make your lifestyle more sustainable in 2019? It could be starting a compost heap, using less plastic wrap or just remembering to take your reusable coffee cup every day. It doesn't have to be a huge commitment but if global change begins with just one person, why not you?
Here's some of our favourite examples of others helping to make a change in the world:
- Practically Green Coralie Archer and her family set out with an unusual goal for 2018 - to fill only one rubbish bag for the whole year. And we're thrilled to report they've just announced their success. A huge congratulations to Coralie and her family, you're an inspiration to all of us. Read their full story at http://practicallygreen.co.nz
- Little & Brave These guys are one of our favourite companies right now! With disposable nappies making up to 45% of domestic waste and cloth nappies not working for them, Tahlia and Semisi Hutchison decided there must be a better option. It took a huge amount of work and research but Little & Brave pioneered a compostable nappy pad fitted inside a washable wrap. And because the nappies need to be commercially composted, the couple also opened their own composting plant in Auckland, picking up the nappies from your doorstep. Check them out at https://littleandbrave.co.nz/
- Ministry for the Environment NZ As part of a global movement, New Zealand will be phasing out single use plastic bags by July 1st this year with many businesses already well on board with the initiative. Although it's a political as well as a social movement, we're still proud to be one of the countries recognising this important move towards a lower waste and sustainable future. www.mfe.govt.nz/
We'd love to hear your sustainable resolutions and what small changes you'll be aiming to make this year, post them to our Facebook page or Instagram so we can share them around.