This post should probably have gone out on January 2nd or something more timely, but hey-ho it’s still the first month of the year and nobody is perfect.
My YouTube and blogging subscription feeds have been filled with talk of New Year’s resolutions for the past week. Even the people who are casting out the idea of resolutions altogether, because the need self improvement is something that shouldn’t just come in January, are still making content about the need to get your shit together at some point.
I thought I would do something a little different. Rather than just talk about the things that I want to do this year for myself (boring), I wanted to write a little post about the things that we can all do to make 2018 a less fucked-up year – things that would help other people, not just ourselves, live better lives.
My favourite ethical clothing site is Nobody’s Child because you don’t have to pay through the nose to know your items are being produced in a good way. Ethical clothes shopping isn’t for everybody, ofc some people can’t afford to shop places that are more expensive than the likes of Primark (which is a separate issue completely).
Plus everybody has those days where they find themselves browsing H&M for something to cheer them up. But most of us most of the time, it’s not difficult to have a lil’ Google and see what ethical clothing companies are out there.
Don’t just chuck stuff in the bin
Is what you’re throwing away just going to be put in a landfill somewhere? Could you not take that to a charity shop rather than the tip? Is that plastic recyclable? These are all questions you should be asking yourself.
The post-Christmas period is the time when I find myself wanting to have a clear out, and if you’re like me please make sure you’re thinking about where the stuff you are throwing out is going to end up. It’s our responsibility to look after the planet and the creatures on it.
Local bookshops, butchers, fruit and veg markets are things that most towns have. If you have the time, buy a book from a local shop and not Amazon (because Amazon is trash and we all know why) or at least Waterstones or WHSmiths.
There are plenty of benefits from shopping at your local farmer’s market too; the produce is cheaper, you get more variety and you’re supporting local businesses. Plus fruit & veg markets are cute af.
Credit people for their work
I’m guilty of this. In the past, I’ve been known to put a photo on insta that I’ve just taken off Google Images and not known where it’s come from or if I can even redistribute it.
It takes an extra 30 seconds to search creative commons and then credit somebody for their work after: you don’t know who you could be helping out by advertising that it’s something they’ve created.
Do something for charity
I’m planning on running a 10k for charity in March (did I mention I love running? I don’t think I mention that enough on here) – but there are plenty of things you can do for charity that are less commitment.
You can shop at charity shops, stop and put 20p in a person’s money raising bucket, retweet or share a charity appeal online – charities depend on how much time you are willing and able to give, and would benefit if you took 5 minutes to give a little more.
Help the homeless in your area
It’s cold out at this time of year. If you see somebody sleeping rough, you don’t have to give them money or buy them a hot drink if you can’t afford to.
You can go to Homeless Link online and search your postcode to find options for homeless shelters, homeless health services and outreach teams – you can then contact these to let them know if you are worried for a homeless person near you.
Or report a homeless person on StreetLink – the details you provide are sent to the local authority or outreach service for the area in which you have seen the person, to help them find the individual and connect them to support. It’s free so just do it.
I’m aware that these comes from a very privileged point of view where I can afford to do things that help others, and that a lot of people aren’t in the same boat. I also want to mention that I am not perfect, and I don’t live like this 100% of the time so it’s okay if you don’t either.
I’m just at a point in my life where I can start deciding what effect my lifestyle has on others, so I thought I would share some ideas with you guys. Let me know if you have anything else I could be doing in the comments!