Lately, I’ve been thinking about more things I can do and change in my life in order to become more eco-friendly, as there’s no denying that climate change is becoming a huge topic and problem.
Being a mother, I think about how the world will be 20 years from now when my little one is all grown up. What kind of world do I expect him to live in?
After doing a bit of reading, I’ve found that actually, it doesn’t take much effort to make small changes, but it’s about making those small changes into a habit.
Recycle What You Can
When it comes to household waste, try going beyond your colour coded bins at home. There are so many things you cannot put into your bins at home because the local authority don’t have the equipment to recycle certain items.
Batteries for instance, can be recycled rather than put into the grey bin. Keep a container to collect all your spent batteries then take them to a local drop-off point. You will spot these at your local supermarket or recycling centre.
I have also made a switch to using rechargeable batteries now too.
TerraCycle is something I only heard about last year from my sister. It helps people find recycling drop off points for almost everything.
Crisp packets, bread bags, baby food pouches, laundry care containers and even contact lenses. Who knew contact lenses could be recycled? Mind blown.
Although most of these are brand specific, sometimes those brands will also accept other brand’s items too.
You can also create your own TerraCycle collection location from your own home or business which is a great contribution.
Swap some every day household items for more eco-friendly ones. For instance:
- Tupperware and reusable plastic bags for storing food/leftovers
- Do you love lighting candles? Buy an electric lighter – they’re rechargeable and more safe than gas lighters!
- Try reusable cotton pads. I love these ones which come in three colours and a net wash bag.
- If you use straws at home, try metal or reusable plastic ones
- When you go to the grocers, bring your own reusable net bag to hold the loose fruit and veg in.
- When it comes to your meal, try swapping for vegetarian alternatives. Read this as to why eating less meat is good for the environment.
Make Your Own
Grow your own food. O.K this might be a bit ambitious but it could be something as simple as growing your own herbs which are super easy.
Then progress onto growing things in containers such as potatoes and carrots which are another easy growing crop.
My sister has started making her own soaps which I think is great as you can customise the colour, shape and scent to your liking and they also make great gifts too!
Don’t Be Wasteful
When something is broken, try fixing it first. If it can’t be fixed, then try selling it or give it away as broken as someone out there may be able to fix it or use the parts.
This is particularly relevant to high end items such as computers, phones and expensive vacuum cleaners.
One of the biggest waste is food and the biggest culprits are businesses. Supermarkets, restaurant and cafes all have to chuck away leftover food.
We do it too at home when we buy something to try and end up not liking it, or we’ve bought too much in one shop and end up not being able to use up the ingredients.
What if we could give our leftovers away? Apps such as Olio and Too Good To Go does just that.
Olio lets you list what you have to give away. It doesn’t have to be just food either. You can see what there is that people are giving away nearby in case there is anything you think you can make use of too.
Too Good To Go shows nearby businesses which are giving away their food at a small price. For something like £3 or £4 odd, you can pick up the day’s leftovers from your local cafe or restaurant which otherwise would’ve been destined for the bin.
Morrisons have also become a partner too and has been hugely popular. I just wish more supermarkets will follow suite now as I think it is a great initiative.
Don’t Buy Into Fast Fashion
Don’t you think that the quality of clothing nowadays have gone downhill? These days, you buy a pair of jeans or new coat or boots and expect them to only last a year at most.
In the fashion industry, whats in today won’t be ‘in’ the next season or next year. For them, it’s all about making money and their goal is to make you feel insecure or bored with whats in your wardrobe so that you can spend more money.
How is fast fashion bad for the environment? Just read this.
Only buy things to replace something. Don’t buy it because it’s on offer, because its cheap, because it’s something you don’t have. Put your needs greater than your desires.