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A sustainable new year with Madeleine Olivia

With a clean slate in front of us, what resolutions are you making for the year ahead? And how will these impact on the world around us? We speak to Madeleine Olivia, author of Minimal: How to simplify your life and live sustainably. Here, she champions a case for low-impact-living and shares her top three tips for how to get the new year off to a slow, sustainable start.

‘Sustainability can feel overwhelming. Where do you even start? As well as bringing your own coffee cup to your local cafe, there are plenty of small changes you can make right away to do good, and feel good. Here are three to get started with…

Be food conscious

Be aware of where your food is coming from, what food you’re eating and how much food you’re wasting. Introduce more plants into your diet, source from local farmers, eat seasonally and compost your food. Make sure as little goes to waste as possible and become mindful of the packaging on the food you’re buying. There are so many areas we can be more sustainable with our food, so this is a wonderful place for all of us to start if we can.

Be a smart consumer

The less we consume, and the more mindful we are of our consumption, the more sustainable we can become. So next time you want something, ask yourself, “Do I really need this?” Think about where these items are coming from, how they’re made and their lifespan. Buy pieces you will love for a long time and can be worn for lots of different occasions.

Travel responsibly

Flying and driving a car regularly can rack up our carbon footprint, so travel mindfully. Could you go on a staycation for this year’s holiday, or get a train to another country? Can you cycle to work instead of driving, or share the journey with a colleague? If flying, can you offset your flight and bring your own reusable toiletry bottles? Find small changes that can have a big impact when it comes to getting from one place to the next.’

Follow Madeleine @madeleineolivia

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