In a plastic-obsessed world, it's important that we all take steps to help, not harm, the environment. And we all know simple ways to be more sustainable - using a reusable water bottle or going vegan, but what are some other small ways to be more sustainable?
Below are some easy ways to be sustainable, that you may not have thought about before…
1. Start Small
Unfortunately, it’s impossible to save the planet in one go. However, you can set smaller goals that are easier to achieve. For example, making a vow to only buy a certain amount of beauty products a month, or never (ever) buying a plastic bag at a shop again. Once you tackle one problem, it will become a habit for you. And then it’s time to move onto the next change…
2. Shop Sustainably
There is lots of research out there that tells us going vegan or vegetarian can help the environment, but many people struggle to go cold turkey (excuse the pun) on the meat straight away. Instead, start small. Switch your milk to almond milk for your coffee or cornflakes, have a meat free week every month, or decide to only have meat when you go to restaurants with friends. After all, every small change makes a difference.
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3. Shop Second Hand With Sustainable Clothing
Fast fashion has become something of a norm, but it is incredibly harmful to the environment. Instead, try to buy second hand - not only is it better for the environment but you can also find some high-end labels for half the cost in charity shops. Not a fan of second hand? Instead, ensure that everything you buy is sustainable or will last you many years, this reduces the amount of clothing going to landfill.
4. Turn off the Wifi
Don’t panic! We only want you to turn the Wifi off when you’re not using it - such as the 8 hours that you’re sleeping. Turning your devices off over night helps to reduce the use of electricity. Plus, it’s a great way to have a ‘mindful morning’ without having notifications pinging at you left right and centre.
5. Use Eco-Friendly Tea Bags
Did you know that the majority of tea bags that we use daily in the UK are only 70-80% biodegradable? This is due to them containing plastic polypropylene to heat-seal them. A great way to be more sustainable is by switching to fully biodegradable tea bags, which the likes of The Co-op and PG Tips have now launched.
6. Grow Your Own Herbs & Veg
Use a lot of herbs in salads and cooking? Why not grow your own! It’s a great way to become more sustainable, and they fill your home with a fresh scent.
7. Use Recyclable Paper for Gifts
It’s important to be mindful when using all types of paper - but especially wrapping paper. This is because a large amount of it is not recyclable - however it is a common myth that ALL wrapping paper can’t be recycled, it’s simply not true. Instead, invest in some 100% recycled wrapping paper - or use brown paper or newspaper. A great way to make your gifts look unique and inviting and you can also recycle the paper after!
So there are our top 7 creative ways to be sustainable. You can also take steps to become more sustainable at work, remember - every little helps!