I think we all can agree that something needs to change urgently if we REALLY want to save our planet. The question many ask is: What can we do?
The main answer to this is very simple: Try to minimise wherever you can, even if you feel uncomfortable making those changes. At the end of the day we need to rewire our behaviour.
It's like getting out of your bed every single day for years and years on the left hand side and then changing it to get out of bed on the right hand side. It feels wrong, it feels off, it feels weird - WE GET IT!
Coming out of your comfort zone and rewiring is hard at the beginning. However, it just takes some time and you get used to it in no time. It rewiring a NEW pattern. Doing something good for planet earth feels fabulous!
Below are 10 ways you can start to change in your day to day living for a better and greener future.
1. SAVE WATER
Use your dishwasher if you have one, washing dishes by hand is a waste of water. Most dishwashers have an ECO program. Make sure to fully load your dishwasher, don’t leave any gaps. Also, turn off the water! It sounds simple – and it is, but lots of people don’t do it. Especially when you brush your teeth. Also one thing a lot of people don't know about is DENIM JEANS. Try to cut down on buying denim. Did you know how much water is being used to manufacture denim jeans? It is the estimated 10,000 litres of water is needed to grow for the cotton for EVERY pair, that’s just madness. You can find jeans to suit your budget and your style if you shop secondhand. Raw denim hasn’t been washed and treated multiple times. This is what denim used to look like before we started to sandblast, bleach and rip it to make it look old. Buy a pair of unwashed jeans and let them age with you. Avoid stretchy denim at all cost. Let leggings be leggings and jeans be jeans. If you are buying new, check the fabric composition. You might want to do some research online first. Look for recycled cotton. This isn’t even taking into account how much water is needed in all the factories that create all the different “washes” of denim. Vintage jeans is the NEW COOL!
2. Eat less meat
Not eating red meat for a few days a week or cutting in general down on meat on a few times per month can have a huge impact. Being careful with what you’re consuming is at the heart of being more eco-friendly. It can have quite a significant impact on reducing your carbon footprint.
Chew less - If you really want to get good at this eco living, you're going to have to learn to do less – like eating less meat. Yeah that steak might look delicious, but do you REALLY need it? Meat and dairy production is responsible for 14.5% of climate changing gases - more than all forms of transport. We are not saying that you should become vegan right away. Do small steps, see how you feel, play around with your cooking and the way you do grocery shopping. There is so much for you to experiment in the kitchen - GIVE IT A TRY!
3. Help bees
Aim for a good variety of pollen-rich flowers that have different flower shapes and a range of flowering periods from early spring to late summer and even throughout the winter if you can. Common insecticides containing neonicotinoids (thiacloprid and acetamiprid) kill bees!
Let your lawn grow. Lawn weeds such as dandelions are excellent bee plants, providing vital pollen early in the season. White clover attracts masses of honeybees, while the longer tongued bumblebees prefer red clover. If you can’t bear to let your lawn grow, consider leaving a patch that’s less frequently mown to give them a chance to flower. If you look at the Royal parks in London, you will see a lot of areas in the park are left growing. That is because the Queen makes sure the bees get their pollen-rich flowers every year.
4. Stop plastic waste. Avoid plastic packaging
Takeaway food and drink often come in plastic food containers with disposable utensils. They're a big part of the plastic pollution in our waste system. Disposing them doesn’t mean they disappear. A lot of disposables land in our landfills, blown or washed into waterways or even end up as more plastic pollution in our rivers and oceans. The UK government should ban disposable plastic items. It's TIME!
5. Buy a reusable coffee cup
Because of a plastic film on the inside, very few coffee cups are recycled – despite the impression that some big chains might have given you. Invest in a reusable coffee cup, there's plenty to choose from. Actually, they look quite cool too :) You can get customised ones from small business owners on www.etsy.co.uk
6. Brush your teeth - without plastic!
Plastic is a curse on our planet. Pretty much all Plastic Toothbrushes still exists and that REALLY sucks! In the history of plastic, only 9% of the stuff has ever been recycled. Clean out your mouth! Your Oral health is just as important. Use our bamboo toothbrush, our bristles are BPA-free You can go further by getting your toothpaste in a jar instead of a plastic tube. And if you're feeling creative, there are homemade toothpaste recipes online. It's annoying how much throwaway plastic is in our weekly shop. Shop our Bamboo toothbrush
7. Swap clingfilm for food wraps
I would advise you to stop wrapping your food in plastic wrap as it is made out of PVC (Polyvinylidene Chloride) also called cling film. Beeswax food wraps are THE NEW THING! They're reusable, biodegradable and won't leave you standing there, looking like a fool, trying to find the end of the roll while getting frustrated and wasting 10 minutes of your life - MY GOD.
8. Plant trees
You probably already know that trees provide us with the oxygen we need to breathe, right? Trees naturally pull in carbon (and water) from the atmosphere to feed themselves. It’s just a happy coincidence that, in doing so, that process produces a pretty handy by-product: oxygen.
It goes without saying that oxygen is important. But the crucial takeaway is that trees absorb carbon and one of the biggest aspects of global warming is the rising amount of carbon dioxide trapped in our atmosphere. Everybody has a favourite animal. Chances are, yours depends on trees to survive for one reason or another. Planting more trees helps to maintain healthy soils and humidity levels in the air around the world. It begins when trees regulate the water cycle. Trees absorb air and transpire it back into the atmosphere, effectively filtering and controlling the levels of humidity wherever they are. Did you know that we plant trees every Month? Yap! We do :)
9. Turn it off - Clean the air. Get a cheap ride
How much cheaper can it get than using your beautiful legs to walk? Or a bycycle to stay fit?
If you can make the journey by foot, bike or public transport, then please do it. Driving, unless you’re in an electric vehicle, isn’t very Eco-friendly and can really add to your carbon footprint.
I understand we all love fast cars, it's all about the balance. When you do have to drive, make sure that you get the most out of your vehicle by keeping the speed down.
Use LED light bulbs - Not only do LED light bulbs last longer than conventional bulbs, they’re far more efficient too. Turn off all your electronics at home when you leave the house, especially when you go on vacation or a long weekend trip.
10. Use eco-friendly cleaning products
A lot of cleaning products have a lot of harmful chemicals in them that aren’t environmentally friendly to create or dispose of. In fact, repeated exposure to these cleaning products can affect your health as well as the environment. Green cleaning products use more natural and organic methods of cleaning which are far less harmful. A favourite of mine is Apple cider vinegar & lemon with water, it cleans everything just perfectly.
I hope this is a good guide for you to a more Eco friendly lifestyle. Honestly, there is nothing wrong with these changes. We find it quite sexy when we speak to other females & males who tell us their Eco friendly / sustainable changes they have made in their day to day lifestyle. It's cool to talk about these things and it's even cooler when you act instead of just "talk".