8 Tips for Sustainable Living
The road to sustainable living may seem like a daunting one, but the reality is small, simple (and sometimes cost-saving!) changes to your everyday life can make a big difference to your overall environmental impact.
Why not try making one small change a week, and they will become habit before you know it!
Here are our 8 tips for sustainable living:
1. Embrace the Zero Waste Life
An estimated 13 billion plastic water bottles are used every year in the UK, while a shocking 7 million single-use coffee cups are thrown away every day. Limit your contribution to this landfill waste by embracing the zero waste life and remembering to bring along your reusable coffee cup and water bottle. Cut down on food packaging too by packing your own lunch in this handcrafted lunch bag too!
2. Join The Fashion Revolution!
The fashion industry is considered one of the most polluting industries in the world, so join the Fashion Revolution and buy less, choose well and make it last! Ask questions from the brands you support, buy second-hand, and mend what you already have!
3. Think About Your Food Waste
Household food waste accounts for 70% of waste after it leaves the farm. In the UK, we throw away a staggering £13 billion worth of food every year! Watch your food waste by saving any leftovers with this organic cotton food wraps and you’ll be able to say goodbye to single-use plastic too!
4. Choose Eco-Friendly Washing Habits
It is estimated that the way we wash and care for our clothing accounts for roughly 30% of its total carbon footprint! To reduce your energy consumption, wash your clothing at cold temperatures and hang dry. (This makes your clothes last longer too!) If you’re washing fabrics like polyester that can shred micro-plastics, pop your wash into a guppy bag to capture any micro-plastics from entering our waterways.
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5. Switch To Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products
Everyday cleaning products for home contain toxic chemicals including formaldehyde, bleach and ammonia. Not only are these chemicals polluting to the air, but repeated exposure is also linked to eczema, asthma, and other respiratory issues. Switch to non-toxic, natural cleaning solutions like TINCTURE for a safer, cleaner alternative.
6. Walk When You Can
Reduce your carbon footprint by walking when you can. Not only is this sustainable living tip healthier for the planet, but it’s also healthier for you too! Opt for a cycle or walk to work once or twice a week and reduce your carbon emissions!
7. Support Local Business
Supporting local businesses is a great way to shop more sustainably and help boost your local economy too. Choose to buy from local artisans or makers and head to your local markets to pick up fresh produce to keep your food airmiles down. Don’t forget a reusable shopping bag like this tote supporting children in Tanzania.
8. Cut Out The Plastic In Your Bathroom
Our bathrooms are filled with plastic packaging, containers, tubes and bottles. Often it can be hard to remember to recycle this plastic, so why not cut it out altogether? Check out these 100% plastic-free soaps and shampoo bars, or this zero-waste oral care range by Georganics.