In our fast-paced world, we sometimes make quick and easy choices without considering how those choices might affect us. Shifting our mindset to act with intention rather than simply reacting can lead to healthier choices for ourselves and our planet. When we act with intention, we don’t simply accept what is in front of us. Rather, we consider and we choose. Making intentional, eco-friendly choices can lead to a newfound fulfillment in your life as you choose your actions based on an outcome you want. We’ve outlined a few simple ways you can begin the year living more eco, while also being intentional about your everyday choices.
Pack Snacks At Home
A common resolution people make as they start a new year is to live healthier - exercise more, eat well and be aware of what they put in their body. A simple way to combine green living with this intention towards mindful eating is to pack snacks from home to take to work or school rather than buying snacks on-the-go, which are usually processed and packaged in non-recyclable plastics. Packing snacks can lead to healthier food choices and less waste, while also creating the time to think about what you’re putting into your body in advance.
No More Plastic Water Bottles
Ditching plastic water bottles is another way to fulfill on an eco-friendly, intentional lifestyle. If you’re committed to drinking more water this year, using a refillable bottle will both ensure you’re not buying one-use plastics to fulfill this resolution, and also makes sure you’re intentional about it. Staying hydrated throughout the day can help you maintain a healthy body weight, regulate body temperature, keep your skin supple, promote good cardiovascular health, and more. Each time you refill or drink from your bottle, you can remember all these great things you’re doing for your body, and a fashionable tumbler doesn’t hurt either!
If greenhouse gas emissions and animal welfare are issues that concern you, consider cutting down on eating meat this year. Even going meatless for just one day a week saves hundreds of gallons of water, reduces fossil fuel emissions and is good for your heart health. Also, just one meatless day per week can save hundreds of land and aquatic animals every year. To be intentional about your food is to be intentional about your health and the health of our planet. Eating just a little less meat is a simple way to fulfill all three.
Don’t spend another year being reactive. Consider the planet you want, and the life you want. Make choices that fulfill on your intentions, and live a greener, healthier, more meaningful life now.