We’re bidding farewell to 2020 and a big, hopeful hello to 2021 so time for some intention-setting and New Year’s resolutions.

Waveney’s found a study scientifically proving we put more stock into the goals we set at the start of a New Year and have more success keeping them vs goals set at other times of the year. We discuss the tips for successful goal-setting, including making them Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound. It’s also important to make resolutions and goals as simple as possible, link them to your personal values, and don’t be unrealistically ambitious with behaviour change. So what can we do for sustainability in the next 12 months?

Waveney has decided to avoid op-shop clothes shopping to avoid buying a surplus of stuff she won’t wear. Tim has decided, sort of, the opposite! He’s only buying second-hand clothes for the entire year (excluding socks and undies) taking inspiration from the HTSTW Six Items Challenge episode. He’s also buying a second-hand bike to throw his personal weight behind building a more bikable city in Auckland.

There’s got loads of suggestions for sustainable new year’s resolutions drawing inspiration from previous HTSTW episodes, from the painfully easy, like moving your kiwisaver to a sustainable fund (see Climate Action w/ Erica Finnie from 350.org) to going meat-free on Mondays/doing vegan meals once a week, to the more challenging like knocking out Palm Oil or starting a worm farm or reducing your carbon footprint using FutureFit.nz.

As always, this is a great opportunity to start eating more locally, more organically and more environmentally minded.  

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