52 Ways to Reduce Your Environmental Footprint – 1. Mindfulness

There is a misconception that mindfulness is some kind of religious Buddhist ceremony or complex meditation technique.  In fact, mindfulness is simply about being aware of your actions or condition.

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Perhaps the single most effective and simple way for all of us to reduce our environmental footprint, is just to be more aware of the impact of our decisions. Just by thinking about the consequences of our actions, our impact on the environment will be decreased almost unimaginably.

So next time you get a disposable bag or straw or choose to buy food or clothing or that next cool gadget, think for a second and ask yourself, “Do I really need this or can I shop better?”


There are so many ways in which we can help reduce our environmental footprint but with so much going on it is hard sometimes to remember. Rather than remember, the best way is to form a habit and the best way to form a habit is by utilising the 3 R’s:

  1. Reminder (the trigger that initiates the behavior)
  2. Routine (the behavior itself; the action you take)
  3. Reward (the benefit you gain from doing the behavior)

Each week, for 52 weeks, we will post a new idea to help you reduce your waste and work towards a cleaner less polluted lifestyle. Hopefully, by the end, some of the idea’s will become habitual and stick with you forever. Consider this to be your gift to the world.

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