From Zero to Hero: 6 Simple Environmental Challenges for the New Year

As New Year approaches, especially when December approaches every year, a flurry of resolutions takes flight. We vow to stay fit, exercise and commit to joining the gym and eating healthy. Maybe we tend to add a few more things to our bucket list, like a bungee jump or even a solo trip somewhere. But amid our personal aspirations, most of us tend to forget one crucial thing. Can you guess what that is? OUR EARTH, OUR HOME.

I bet none of you had even guessed it because it is that overlooked. However, in this New Year, 2024, let’s not forget our collective responsibility to the planet. This year, why not add a bit of a green twist to our resolutions with some simple environmental challenges?

Now, don’t get stressed with the word ‘challenges’ here; you don’t have to find a hen’s teeth here and turn your life upside down. Small, achievable steps are enough to lead to significant changes. Here, I can help you with 6 easy environmental challenges that will allow you to transform from earth-zero to earth-hero in 2024;

Challenge 1: Ditch single-use plastics

Single-use plastics are the major contributor to environmental pollution in this fast-forward world. We love having warm coffee in disposable plastic cups, we enjoy sipping that chilled soda from plastic straws, and we don’t mind using numerous plastic bags from a single grocery shop. But have you realised these plastic bags, coffee cups, straws, or mineral water bottles are everywhere on the streets? Not only that, but they have clogged our landfills, polluted our land and water resources and even harmed animals and birds.


Instead of these single-use plastic options, why not pledge in 2024 to use reusable water bottles, coffee mugs and a cloth bag for shopping? We can also opt to ditch the fruits and vegetables wrapped in plastic and shop from local vendors. 

Every little switch has a positive contribution.

Challenge 2: Embrace the power of plants

Plants are nature’s superheroes. They aren’t just for pretty decorations. They are natural air purifiers; they provide us with shade and also create habitats for wildlife. Likewise, nurturing them can also be mood-boosting and therapeutic for many of us. 


So, this year, let’s add some greenery to our lives by welcoming low-maintenance houseplants like succulents or snake plants. As you get hands with them, start a small garden and fill your balcony with potted plants. You’ll be surprised at how much a little greenery can improve your mood and air quality.

Challenge 3: Get on your bicycle (or walk!)

Transportation is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. This year, challenge yourself to leave the car/ motorbike at home more often. Opt for cycling, walking, or public transportation whenever possible. Not only will you be reducing your carbon footprint, but you’ll also get some exercise and enjoy the fresh air.


Challenge 4: Become a conscious consumer

The things we buy have a big impact on the environment. This year, make a conscious effort to be more mindful of your purchases.  Choose only to buy the item that you will actually need. Many of us tend to buy “maybe I will use this later” items, and it turns out they will stay on one side of our cupboard for months and even years until we notice they’ve expired one day.  

So, this New Year, why not shop consciously? Also, let’s buy products with minimal packaging, support sustainable brands, and avoid impulse buys. Remember, the less you buy, the less waste you create. And it’s budget-friendly too.


Challenge 5: Become Compost King/ Queen

Food waste (Organic waste) is one of the biggest contributors to waste. If we notice, more than 60% of our household waste is food waste. When such organic waste ends up in our landfills, it not only takes up huge spaces but also becomes one of the significant environmental problems by emitting methane gas. Most importantly, we are wasting a valuable resource by letting the organic waste in the landfills. How? 

We can convert the organic waste into compost manure and later use it to produce organic chemical-free fruits and vegetables. Did you know? The byproduct of composting even boosts up the soil health.

So this year, why not become a compost champion by turning your food scraps into nutrient-rich gold?

Here is a simple video guide on composting your organic waste.


Challenge 6: Spread the word

You’re not alone in your pursuit to be an environmental hero! This year, talk to your friends and family about your eco-friendly goals and inspire them to join you. Share your tips and tricks, and encourage others to make small life changes. Together, we can make a big difference! 


In conclusion, taking on these simple challenges can make a big difference in the fight for a healthier planet. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and start your journey from zero to environmental hero!

I hope this blog has inspired you to take on some environmental challenges in the new year. Remember, even small changes can make a big difference. Let’s all work together to make 2024 a year of environmental progress!

Happy New Year 2024!