Times are changing and we all need to do our bit to help the planet. Living sustainably is a key part of that, so I have listed different ideas that you could easily implement into your life to help kickstart that change. Every little change will have a positive impact, so lets do it together.
If like me you don’t want to be vegan or veggie and still want to eat meat, that’s ok. Make your changes using the different options below. Or you could try and reduce the amount of meat that you eat per week. Any little helps! However, animal products use more land, water and energy. Animal agriculture is responsible for 91% of Amazon deforestation. Plant-based foods cut carbon emissions by 50% and eating plant-based for a month can save up to 900 square feet of forest but this needs to be a collective effort.
Check the materials and chemicals within a product. Research the company you’re buying from, what are their morals and policies, are they paying taxes and their staff legal wages and where is their products sourced from? Simple points to check for when you shop.
Buy vegan food wrap instead. 740,000 miles of clingfilm is used in the UK alone each year. That’s enough to wrap the Earth 30 times! Clingfilm poses a threat to wildlife and oceans, as animals eat it or get trapped in it.
Fast fashion is dangerous,. Workers are underpaid as shown in the Bohoo scandal, the average American throws away 70 Ibs of clothing every year, equivalent to 191 t-shirts, that is a shocking figure. If you haven’t seen lately, Pretty Little Thing did a Black Friday sale of up to 99%. That is outrageous, there is zero chance they’re making a profit, so it makes you wonder, are they paying their workers minimum wage? Probably not. Some people can only afford the prices PLT were selling at, which is fine but at least educate yourself on who to buy from, you buy clothes that cheap from charity shops. Fast fashion produces 20% of global wastewater which could be used to help countries in need and 10% of carbon emissions. What you should try, is: buy ethically produces clothes, made from sustainable materials. Use each clothing item as long as possible then donate it, don’t throw away. Buy second hand clothes, they’re extremely cheap and the most sustainable!
Support small businesses
Buy from businesses that sell handmade products, stop buying from big designer brands, they’re nothing special apart from putting a big hole in your bank. Etsy is a great site for this.
Reduce car use-
Cycle and walk where you can, try and go electric if affordable.
Shop at local farms, not supermarkets–
Local farms sell what they grow, so you know where the food comes from and how it is handled. Supermarkets often sell really cheap. So, either the workers that pick that particular food is paid pittance or the supermarket is happy with making a loss. Next time there are big reductions in price for certain items just think how they have managed to reduce the price so much.
Reusable water bottles-
Stop with the plastic single use. Single-use bottles are more expensive than tap water. If you don’t like tap water, then buy a water purifier, simple, there’s no excuses to not drink tap water. Plastic bottles are one of the largest sources of litter on land and sea. The plastics contain BPAs and other harmful chemicals that will get into your ‘fresh’ water. Reusable bottles are cheaper as they last a long long time, significantly reduces plastic waste, especially if you buy a bottle that is made of recycled plastics, such as drip bottles.
Buy reusable cotton pads, buy make up with natural ingredients and no harmful chemicals and sustainably made brushes etc.
It’s important to take small steps and not try and do everything at once, else you will overwhelm yourself because in reality it is a big lifestyle change from what we’ve been use to. One thing you shouldn’t do, is compare yourself to others, this is damaging in all forms of life, set realistic goals, and stick to what you are doing, the progress will come. Of course you can look at others for inspiration, you might see something they’re doing and like it, and want to give it a go, but make sure you focus on your own journey!
Are you making your changes to be more sustainable? If you’re, let me know what you’re doing, in the comments. I hope ou all take away some ideas on how start your journey to a more sustainable life.
Thank you for reading!