HAPPY new year! Are you a resolution maker? They are notoriously tricky things to make stick.

They can quite often be unyielding in their strictness, and demotivating in their relentlessness.

The desire to make changes and improvements for the better is truly admirable though, and so I like to instead set a handful of goals or intentions for the year to come.

Hopefully many of you are thinking of incorporating environmental habits and green goals into your lifestyle and routine this year!

There are a lot of small changes you can personally make which will compound into a seismic shift if enough people make the change too.

Things like switching to a bamboo toothbrush, or not buying a new bottle of soap but instead refilling the one you just emptied.

Ditching the harmful cleaning chemicals and swapping to white vinegar and bicarb of soda, or building the habit of always taking your reusable cup with you when you leave the house.

The great thing is that you don’t have to do it all at once, and you can make your eco-journey over the course of the year!

Maybe January becomes the month you make a few plastic-free changes in your bathroom, followed by a month of buying loose fruit and veg in February, and so on.

This gives you time to adjust, to build your new green habits slowly and sustainably so they will stick and won’t be forgotten about like that gym membership that seemed so right in the post pigs-in-blanket haze of Christmas!

If you’d like to start your green adventure in 2024, or see what else you can add to your existing environmentalism why not pop down to My Carbon Coach at 18 Lower Middle Street in Taunton, where you can find eco household essentials, and refills, alongside friendly help and advice.

Tim Walker owns My Carbon Coach, a sustainable living shop that recently re-located to Taunton's Independent Quarter.