New Year’s Resolutions; how you can make a difference to the world in 2021

I have heard quite a few people say that 2020 was a complete write-off. Yes, they baked a lot of banana bread, did some online yoga classes and perhaps even knitted a sweater, but most of the time they just sat around watching Netflix and felt like they had experienced and accomplished very little.

At the time of writing, it looks like many of us, regardless of where we live in the world, are in for another 2-3 months of mostly staying at home. Rather than viewing those few months as a waste of time, we can use them to tweak some of our habits and make a difference to the world.

The collective consciousness about climate change has never been bigger. Now is the time to act! Whether you want to join us and become a positive fashion activist, or you want to introduce some more sustainable habits to your lifestyle, this can easily be done from your own sofa/home.

Here are five New Year’s resolutions that can make a difference to the world for your inspiration:

  1. Only buy cotton products that are made from organic cotton to save water and reduce the usage of toxic pesticides and fertilisers in cotton production.
  2. Wash the vast majority of your clothes on 20-30 degrees only, using eco-friendly laundry detergents and a washbag for your synthetics to save energy and prevent water pollution.
  3. Build a slow fashion wardrobe with items you truly love to get more wear out of your clothes and minimise your impulse buys.
  4. Share your knowledge on the impact fashion is having on people and planet with at least three friends to increase the collective consciousness about fashion’s contribution to climate change.
  5. Dress up at least once a week – even if you are stuck at home – to lift your happiness levels. Perhaps make it a weekly virtual event with your friends. Mental health is more important than ever at the moment, and a simple thing as dressing up can positively affect our moods.

My guess is that you are already a sustainable fashion advocate if you are reading this blog post. I always suggest small bite-sized resolutions that take the minimum effort to implement, yet have a big positive impact.

If you wish to go one step further in the fight against climate change, you can join a sustainable fashion movement, sign a petition and/or start asking your favourite fashion brands about their social and environmental practises.

I am making all of the above suggestions my own personal new year’s resolutions for 2021 as well. Most of them are already on my list of things to live by, but I like highlighting and prioritising a handful of sustainable fashion goals each year to ensure that my new habits become deeply engrained in my lifestyle.

Here’s to a fab, happy and healthy New Year! Let’s make 2021 a year of real positive change :-)

Ulla

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