We've all embarked on the journey of setting ambitious goals, intentions or resolutions especially as each new year begins. From shedding those extra pounds, saving more money, or becoming more productive. Setting a resolution is one thing; creating a plan to achieve it is another. Without a clear strategy, people may quickly become overwhelmed or lost so it's not surprising most self-improvement endeavors just don't become lasting habits. 

Many of us can resonate with the fact that our annual goals have either stagnated or disappeared completely as the year tapers on. If you find yourself facing a roadblock with last year's resolutions, fret not. In this article, we'll explore some fresh ideas to help you sustainably enhance your lifestyle with a few small, achievable and sustainable goals. 

Achieve A Green Thumb

Did you buy a plant last year, only to watch it wither away? Well, here's your second chance to develop that elusive green thumb. Don't be disheartened by your previous failed attempts; instead, harness the power of the internet, which is replete with plant care tutorials.

Rather than opting for purely aesthetic plants, consider starting with small, hardy indoor plants that are easy to care for. But why stop at mere decoration? Why not choose plants that you can actually eat?

Take green onions, for example. They are simple to grow and remarkably effective. Begin by purchasing a stalk, cutting off the root end (where the green stalk turns white), and placing the root in a glass of water. Wait patiently for two weeks, and voila! You not only have a steady supply of green onions but also a touch of greenery in your home. You can also do this with romaine lettuce as well! Let this success inspire you to further hone your gardening skills.

regrowing romaine from cutting

Get Closer to Zero-Waste

The concept of zero-waste living has gained popularity in recent times, but some still find it daunting and expensive. Let's dispel that myth. Zero-waste living is achievable for anyone, regardless of their starting point or resources.

Plastic seems to have infiltrated every aspect of our lives, from polyester clothing and bedsheets to microplastics in toothpaste, mascara, and chewing gum wrappers. It can be overwhelming, but don't despair. Instead of striving for absolute zero waste, begin with small, sustainable steps. Use informative apps like CodeCheck and Good on You to identify products containing environmentally harmful ingredients within your household.

Once you've pinpointed these 'no-no' items, replace them with eco-friendly alternatives, such as Me Mother Earth's kitchen and bathroom essentials. It's important to use up what you already have to minimize waste. You'll be pleasantly surprised to discover that the transition is more straightforward than you anticipated, and reusable products not only contribute to a greener planet but also save you money in the long run.

If you're pressed for time and prefer a comprehensive overhaul of your household, consider a zero-waste kit. At Me Mother Earth, we are dedicated to providing 100% eco-friendly, reusable, and biodegradable items, ensuring that you make the right choices effortlessly.

sustainable cleaning products

Create a Carbon Budget

As environmental activist Greta Thunberg rightly emphasizes, many people remain unaware of the existence and significance of a carbon budget. It's high time we change that narrative.

So, how do you calculate your own carbon footprint and establish a budget for it? Thankfully, there are sustainable apps like My Carbon Action and Carbn that can simplify this daunting task and align it with your eco-conscious lifestyle.

While these apps can be invaluable, they are just the beginning. By monitoring and acknowledging your carbon emissions, you can take meaningful actions to reduce your impact. Identify areas in your life with the highest carbon footprint, research sustainable alternatives, and gradually make changes.

As we step into 2024, revisit your New Year's Resolutions from previous years and ask yourself whether they are sustainable for the long term. Set achievable goals and celebrate the small victories you achieve daily.

Happy New Year, and here's to a greener, more sustainable future!

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