Green New Year’s Resolutions

Posted on 21st December 2017 by Lauren Parry

It’s that time of year again – New Year’s Resolution time.

Looking for some ideas to add to your list? Greener Kirkcaldy staff and volunteers share their top ‘green’ New Year’s Resolutions for 2018.


Suzy, Chief Executive – Start bringing a packed lunch to work. The main reason is to reduce waste – I feel a nagging sense of guilt every time I throw away the packaging of a shop-bought sandwich or carton of soup! It’ll also save me money and probably be healthier and tastier.

Dianne, Office Manager – Write a menu for the week ahead along with a corresponding shopping list, and rather than cooking a meal for one or two, cook in larger batches and freeze for home-made ready meals.

Kitty, Energy Advisor – Eat local seasonal food to reduce food miles.

Jocasta, Volunteer – Donate, sell or repurpose one (or more!) item of clothing every time I buy a new one. Also, try and walk more instead of driving, and share lifts to places further away.

Jackie, Development Worker – Give handmade birthday cards to everyone instead of buying them.

Steven, Volunteer – Reuse plastic bottles for water instead of buying bottled water all the time

Bruce, Project Manager – Eat less meat. Try ‘Meat-free Mondays’ for a start.

Bryan, Volunteer – Reduce the amount of food waste I’m throwing out by organising my weekly shopping better and only buying food that I know I will use before its expiration date.

Wendy, Volunteer – Learn how to properly use my garden compost bin. I have one and try to use it, but I think I’ve been doing it wrong and next year I’m hoping to do it right.

Pat, Board Member – Reduce plastic use by taking my own mug to coffee shops, avoiding plastic packaging, choosing clothes with natural fibres, and using refill stations for detergents or buying detergents in a box rather than a plastic container.

Rosanna, Development Worker – Manage my heating better. I have it on a timer and sometimes forget to change it for the following day even though I know there will be no-one home.

Michael, Energy Advisor – Switch energy suppliers and consider swapping to a supplier that uses renewable energy.

When you’re making your New Year’s Resolutions this year, why not try and include some that are good for the planet too?

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