How to be More Sustainable at Home
Posted on Friday, February 21st, 2020
Being more sustainable at home could make all the difference to our planet. If we all pull together and do our little bit then it can make all the difference in the world.
It can seem a bit daunting to take new steps to become mindful, but once you make a few changes, it becomes easier and easier! Here are just a few simple ways to get you started.
Use plastic straws? Switch these for reusable metal or bamboo straws. Drink a lot of coffee? Get yourself a reusable coffee cup to take with you to coffee shops. Making your child’s lunch? Grab yourself reusable sandwich wraps.
Cutting down on single-use plastics in your home can make a huge difference when it comes down to it. If you’re not sure what you can use as a replacement for single-use plastics, then search Google or forums for advice!
Ban Plastic Bags
The weekly shop can also cause a bit of an issue. Since the 5p charge on single-use bags came into effect in 2015, It’s safe to say that it’s become a household norm to hoard plastic bags!
However, if you do a shop every week and grab 3-5 bags in each shop, that’s a lot of irresponsible plastics! If you already have the bags at home, bring some along with you to the weekly shop. This also saves you money in the long run!
Stop Buying Bottled Water
Bottled water isn’t just bad for the environment, but also for your health. Recent studies have shown that the plastic in the bottle releases toxins; dangerous chemicals that the bottle has been made with.
Although there are many sources that discredit this, it’s important to know that you have an alternative. Regardless of the health factor, plastic bottles cause a huge waste problem across the globe. Purchasing your own reusable water bottle and taking it with you when you go out can help avoid the creation of unnecessary waste.
Stand By Second Hand Items
Another huge contributor to household waste is fast-fashion. We send over 1 truckload of clothing and textiles to landfill every minute. Instead of throwing old clothes away, you could try re-purposing the item. That top could become a handy cloth.
This also goes for buying new clothes. Instead of buying off fast-fashion centred online retailers, why not buy off second-hand websites or head over to a charity shop? Or, for the fashion-conscious, how about utilising apps such as Depop?
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