We live in such a wasteful society. Cheap and cheerful purchases are useless and discarded in next to no time. Quantity seems to win over quality. How can you make less of an impact on our Earth in 2019? Here are some ideas…

Buy Less
haven content writer Anastasia is trying something daring this year.

I’ve never been one for New Year’s Resolutions, so I can’t really explain what compelled me to choose something so drastic as my first.

It would have been smart to set incremental goals, to work my way up to what I’m about to do – but no.

This year, all year, I’m not going to buy things…

You probably think I’m crazy. Let me clarify: I’m still going to buy the essentials. Food, face wash, deodorant. What I’m not going to buy are ‘things’ – that soon turn into ‘stuff’ – that I really don’t need. An outfit for that event that may or may not be happening. A new lipstick because my others aren’t quite the right shade. Another pair of sneakers (that one will be tough).

For some, that may sound like a piece of cake.

“I barely shop anyway,” my boyfriend declared when I told him about my grand plan.

Not me though – I love shopping. Like, reaaaaally love it. I don’t even need to buy anything to have fun shopping; I’m quite content walking around touching every hanger and saying “this is cute” for two-and-a-half hours. Although, yes, it’s certainly more fun when you find that perfect item or score a bargain.

I’m really going to miss it.

But, as I write this, I can see my open wardrobe next to me. There are literally hundreds of outfit combinations in there that should see me through way more than one year. I’ve got two drawers full of makeup, which I only wear about once a month. An overflowing box of earrings, but only two ears. See what I’m getting at?

As much as this year will challenge me – I’m a Libra, we’re notoriously materialistic – I’m actually looking forward to it. A particularly indulgent Silly Season and a few too many ‘treat yourself’ moments had me feeling guiltier and guiltier with every purchase, and I know that cutting back won’t just do me a world of good, but be good for the planet, too. Just Google the impact of fast fashion on the environment. It’s scary.

Not to mention, I’ll have more money to spend on experiences – concerts, dinners with friends, trips away. And, I’m up for the challenge of working with what I’ve got. I may have changed my tune in six months-time, but for now, I’m as ready as I’ll ever be to tackle my first ever New Year’s Resolution. Wish me luck (and set aside a pile for me next time you clean out your closet).

Reduce your impact

They say that, when it comes to creating real change, you need to ‘think global, act local’ – and it doesn’t get more local than within your own home. With these sustainable, re-usable products, you can begin to reduce your impact (in style, might we add!).

  1. Mr & Mrs Jones steel Thoughtful Cup in army (also available in stone and black), $39.95, www.mrandmrsjones.com.au
  2. Seed & Sprout mesh produce bag set, $29, www.seedsprout.com.au
  3. Seed & Sprout reusable stretch lids set, $29, www.seedsprout.com.au
  4. Keep Cup 8oz glass cup with cork band, $30, www.biome.com.au
  5. Ecopocket 6 cup silicone storage bag (two pack), $19.99, www.biome.com.au
  6. Green + Kind stainless steel bent straws (two pack), $9.95, www.floraandfauna.com.au
  7. Ever Eco bamboo cutlery set, $12.95, www.floraandfauna.com.au
  8. Koh Eco-Certified Cleaning bundle, $44.90, www.koh.com
  9. Seed & Sprout mixed mesh tote, $29, www.seedsprout.com.au
  10. WRAPPA Boho Dreaming beeswax food wraps, $35, www.wrappa.com.au
  11. Frank Green Next Generation reusable cup base, $25, www.frankgreen.com.au
  12. Frank Green Original reusable bottle, $39.95, www.frankgreen.com.au
Anastasia White

Anastasia White  

Anastasia (‘Anny’ to her friends and family, thanks to some nickname experimentation in year 4 that unfortunately stuck) is a born-and-bred Brisbanite with a love of coffee and her cat, Olive. Having recently finished a degree in journalism, Anastasia loves being able to learn and write about so many different topics for a variety of audiences.