Simple Ways To Live A More Sustainable Life
Whether you're on a mission to drastically change the way you live in order to help save our planet, or you're simply looking for a few easy tips and tricks to get you started, take a look at some simple changes you can make to help you lead a more sustainable life.
Before we even get on to the Reuse and Recycle sections of this blog post, we have to start with the obvious fact that one of the best ways to help the environment is to reduce our consumption of goods.
The past two decades has seen a huge rise in the number of fast fashion outlets which allow us to buy cheap clothes, wherever and whenever we want, and for surprisingly affordable prices. Not only do these fast fashion brands have a massively detrimental effect on our environment, but they are also often guilty of facilitating poor working conditions and underpaid workers.
Fast fashion also creates a vicious cycle where we as consumers become less and less attached to our clothes and see them as far more disposable than ever before. More often than not, the quality of clothes from fast fashion brands is poor and these items won’t last more than a season.
As well as reducing the amount of clothes we are buying, thankfully, if you’re a fashion lover with an eco-conscious mind, there are still plenty of options to feed your sartorial addictions that neither break the bank nor break our planet. Check out HURR and Endless Wardrobe for some irresistible pieces.
It goes without saying that we should all be re-using items as wherever we possibly can. This is one of the easiest and most effective ways that you reduce the impact that your day-to-day living has on the environment.
Obvious items that you should have reusable versions of are things like coffee cups and water bottles, but there are so many exciting and frankly genius reusable options for everyday items that you may not have heard of.
One of our favourite finds has been refillable cleaning products. Instead of buying single use household cleaning sprays, consider switching to an eco-friendly alternative which allows you to refill your glass spray bottle with tablets that dissolve in water. Not only does this seriously reduce the amount of plastic you’ll get through, but swapping liquid for tablets means you’re also helping to reduce CO2 emissions thanks to lighter shipping. We personally adore Homethings, whose products look, smell and clean like a dream.
There are so many everyday goods that you can find amazing reusable options for, from cotton pads and cotton buds to baking paper, face masks and even zip lock bags. Get exploring!
Recycling, duh! We’ve all been on top of that for years right? Separating our rubbish into different bin bags and giving ourselves a big pat on the back. Well, it’s not actually so simple.
In the UK in 2018, councils sent 500,000 tonnes of recycling into landfill because of contamination, meaning that tonnes of best laid efforts were put to waste and all at the expense of the planet.
So, what is contamination? You know when you’re in a rush and you don’t properly wash out that milk bottle or Chirky tray? Yeah, that’s what causes contamination. (Although luckily for you, Chirky’s trays are also compostable so you don’t need to feel too guilty) Cutting corners like this is something that we’re probably all guilty of from time to time however most people aren’t aware of the huge impact these thoughtless actions can have. Contamination can also occur when materials are mixed into boxes or bags that they shouldn’t be, something which isn’t as obvious as it seems. Councils don’t have a consistent sorting system, so whilst in some areas you can mix your glass and plastics, in others you can’t. Exhausting, right? We know.
Unfortunately, the world still isn’t set up in a way that makes recycling as easy as it could and should be, so we need to remain extra vigilant and put in the time to make sure we’re making the right choices and moves every day.
Committing to something as simple as making sure that your recycling isn’t contaminated isn’t exactly a glamorous pledge but it can contribute to a huge change. Give it a go!
If you’d like to read more about our commitment to building a sustainable food brand, you can find out more here.