Wednesday, 24 April 2019

5 Small Steps to Sustainable Living

We live in an age of instant information and yet you don't know what you don't know! I've been aware of the big issues that affect our world; climate change, plastic pollution, water pollution etc. but there's knowing it exists and then actually taking the time to learn about these problems and understand the true extent. 
My sustainability journey is only just beginning, my household is still very much a less than desirable situation when it comes to sustainable living and I'm hoping that's a journey we can all take together. Today I'm going to be sharing some of the easiest ways I've found to make some simple swaps that can get you started on your own journey to a sustainable future. 

Reusable Water Bottles 

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I drink A LOT of water, that's something I initially had to force myself into, but now I almost exclusively drink water and tea. When it comes to water we know we shouldn't be using single use plastic bottles not just for the plastic pollution but for our own health as well - if you want to know why just take a look at this report! I made the switch to a glass bottle around a year and and haven't looked back, health benefits aside it just feels nicer to drink from! 

Reusable Coffee Cups

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As a tea drinker I don't often head out for a take away drink, it's just so much nicer to brew you own, having said that I do live with a Coffee lover and someone who enjoys supporting the local independent Coffee Shops. Last Summer James (my lovely boyfriend) made the switch to a Keep Cup for his daily coffee, it's a nice feeling knowing you're not adding to the landfills and most places will knock a few pence of the price if you bring your own cup! 

Pack your own Lunch

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I work full time in an office and pretty much never go out to buy my lunch, why? Buying lunch usually involves unnecessary plastic packages, meal deals that include a drink I don't want and can end up being quite costly. Packing your own lunch not only means you're saving yourself some pennies but you're cutting down on unnecessary packaging too. Bonus points if your sandwich is wrapped in a bees wax wrap! 

Fabric Shopping Bags

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Way back in 2015 I was pretty chuffed when the 5p charge for plastic bags was introduced - I've just never understood the need for them! Now there is talk of that doubling to 10p and including every shop which means it's a perfect time to ditch the plastic carrier bags - if you haven't already! I find that hessian bags are perfect for the weekly food shop and cotton totes for pretty much everything else. If you want to know how positive the effect of the 5p charge was, it reduced plastic bag sales in the top 7 supermarkets by 86%! Go us! 

Reduce Your Waste. 

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That's any waste your produce, whether that's food wastage, packaging or even clothing (you can read more about fast fashion in my previous post). The waste we create causes a huge problem environmentally and finding any ways we can decrease that is only a good thing. Try buying your fruit without the plastic packing, buying local instead of having something delivered or just try to have an empty fridge at the end of the week!

Hopefully this will help you get started on your journey to living more consciously. One thing I do think is important though is that if you're using something plastic right now, it's not single use and it's working fine, don't swap it! It's only a sustainable swap if you're reducing your waste, not if you stop using something in good working order jut to get a new thing! 

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