Unless you live in a cave without electricity you will be aware of the impact our modern lifestyles are having on the earth. As April is earth month we thought it would be a great time to talk about how you can make small changes to help the environment.
You don’t need to make drastic changes to have an impact. Small mindful changes to how you manage your carbon footprint can be all that it takes.
After all, any reduction in waste and carbon emissions is good for the environment and good for you!
Reduce Plastic Usage
The first place you can reduce single-use plastics is in your bathroom. How many shower gels, shampoo and conditioners do you throw away each year? By switching to soap bars you can reduce a considerable amount of plastic usage and still smell great! Plus if you look for SLS free products you are also eliminating nasty chemicals. Which is not only better for you it’s good for the environment too.
More and more people are latching onto the idea of buying a reusable water bottle; which is great. If you’re still trapped in the never-ending cycle of buying plastic water bottles you need to make this change. If you’re a water guzzler, think how much money you will save once you’ve bought your own water bottle. Then pat yourself on the back when you realise how much of an impact you’ve now made to the environment!
The same principle applies if you buy hot beverages; take your own mug for your next tea or coffee purchase. Most establishments welcome this practice as it’s helping them to also reduce their carbon footprint.
Look after our Trees
Since it has become relatively inexpensive to print, we typically print without thinking. Considering the number of trees that are cut down for paper production alone, this is definitely somewhere we can make some subtle changes.
- Contact all companies that send junk mail that you simply don’t read and ask them to remove you from their list.
- Subscribe to email newsletters to read instead of receiving paper magazines
- Buy recycled or sustainable paper, toilet rolls and tissues where possible.
- Change to paperless bank statements and utility bills.
After all, these just tend to get shoved into a pile never to see the light of day again. Or you have to go to the hassle of shredding them once in a while to prevent data theft!
Think before you bin it
It’s so easy to throw everything you no longer want or need into your rubbish bin, when in fact many items can be recycled. Old clothes, towels, curtains and bedding can easily be donated to charities or taken to a clothing recycling centre. Clothing recycling centres can turn even socks with holes into padding for chairs, cleaning cloths and industrial items.
As tempting as it might be to throw take away tubs and glass bottles, these can always be washed and recycled. Use takeaway tubs as lunch boxes or to store food items. Get crafty with glass jars; make some homemade jam, marmalade or pickles. You can even turn them into tea light holders!
Leftover food can be utilised in many ways
- Have it for your lunch the next day
- Freeze it for when you don’t have time to cook
- Turn it into a curry or stew
- Create a compost pile in your garden
Composting means recycling nutrients back into the ecosystem, which keeps food out of landfills and waterways and enriches the soil
If you’re looking for some great tips for a complete guide to a zero waste period, check out this great article from Does it Work by Natalie.
You can read it here – https://doesitwork.tv/complete-guide-waste-period
The most important thing is no one is perfect; any small changes you make will have a good impact on the environment, you and your family.