I am sure by now you get the picture that if us humans don’t get our act together then the environment is going to head downhill – and fast. You may even be fed up of hearing about it. If you are, then I have a solution for you – change something.
The sooner and quicker we make lifestyle changes then the sooner and quicker we don’t have to keep hearing about the environmental disaster or the next species that have gone extinct. Everyone is different and are motivated by different concepts. Whilst my motivation is the animals, somebody else may just want everyone to
These ‘5 Small Lifestyle Changes’ are for everyone, whatever you are motivated for. (Although if you are the person fed up overhearing complaints about your plastic water bottle, spoiler alert: stop using plastic water bottles.)
Without further ado, LET’S GO:
1: PLASTIC (what a surprise)
I was having a conversation with a colleague the other day about plastic and he made quite a valid point.
“Plastic is not the problem; it is just the way we choose to use it.”
It is sad that we are at the point where we can’t seem to be responsible
Get yourself a bloody bag for life (or even better – a material bag/basket) and strut yourself around Tesco. (yes I am a Tesco girl, fight me) You will know that when the person at the till asks if you need a plastic bag – you can say no. Whilst you are at Tesco, invest in a BPA free reusable water bottle. Spend that little bit extra and get that bamboo toothbrush. (This is a mental note to m
That BPA free reusable water bottle will do you some good (especially the lads) and your toothbrush doesn’t have to sit in a landfill for longer than you will be alive.
2: Sustainable Clothing
I haven’t delved too far into this one, I shall admit, although I am keen to learn and explore more into the world of sustainable clothing.
I have already stopped shopping at Primark and I am working on other similar high street brands. The situation of ‘fast fashion’ is improving with recycling points being installed in stores. These shops also tend to be more financially affordable. Not everyone can do, or
Do what you can and don’t feel guilty for what you cannot.
My first sustainable clothing purchase, not including from charity shops, (which you should go check out!) is Natacha Oceane’s UNITE cropped jumper. I LOVE this jumper and the ethical production promise that comes with it. (Animal testing is prohibited, no unnecessary waste and commitments to employee safety and happiness) 15% of profits also go to the charity MIND. If you are interested in purchasing a jumper/shirt, make sure to go check out Natacha’s online shop!
The next adventure I am looking forward to embarking on with sustainable clothing is TALA. Grace Beverley is basically BOSS who has been part of creating the sustainable activewear brand, TALA. I am yet to or even have the chance, to purchase any products. (as the demand is crazily high) But, I am saving up my £ to get those leggings and a REC jumper! Along with the vegan-friendly resistance bands from Grace’s other business, B-ND, she is truly leading the way with sustainable fashion!
3: Just Pick It Up
You are walking to work, university or just on a lovely stroll in the park. You come across a can on the floor. WHAT DO YOU DO?
Just pick it up.
Don’t even think about it, just do it. I know that it is awful that we have to pick up the rubbish left by others, but, when that animal doesn’t eat that piece of litter – it will be worth it.
If you are the person that throws litter out the car window, here is your chance to change. Just stick it on the car floor and recycle it when you get home. If you are the person walking past that piece of rubbish, please, pick it up.
4: Sustainable Period Products
This one is for all you monthly bleeders out there. I have recently spoken about my experience using a Menstrual Cup and if you haven’t tried it before I seriously recommend it. I included some scary facts in that post, so it is well worth a read.
Not everyone is a fan of them though and it is understandable. Instead, try other sustainable period products. I follow a brand called @myfreda on Instagram that makes 100% organic cotton tampons and I have heard of several other brands making reusable pads. Take some time to research into them as they can seriously make an impact on the Earth.
5: Food Waste
Now, this has been a tricky one and one that I didn’t think very much beforehand. We recently got a compost bin to put in our back garden and have been trying our best to collect our food waste and dispose of it in there. In fact, Move for Hunger, states that ‘food waste that ends up in landfills produces a large amount of methane – a more powerful greenhouse gas than even CO2.’ Whilst also using excessive amounts of water, food waste is something simple to think about.
Avoiding food waste would be the ideal situation, however, that isn’t always possible no matter how hard you try. Disposing of the food waste is in your control and that is why it has made it onto this simple small lifestyle changes list!
Thank you for taking the time to read this list! I hope it has given you some ideas and topics to go away and think about. Please let me know if you have made these/any changes and include your top other changes that I can start implementing in my life!
Till next time my friends!