Today I thought I’d take the chance to talk about something that I’m pretty interested in, my Mum jokes that I’ve been a little “Eco-warrior” since I was a child and used to encourage her to go to the bottle bank to recycle. I even earned the “Green” Blue Peter Badge when I was younger by drawing a picture of our animal friendly garden- I know, I needed a hobby. Anyway, today I thought I would share some small changes we can all make to help the environment.
I think we can all agree the Earth is in a pretty bad way so there are a few easy swaps we can all make to help out and do our bit. Now don’t get me wrong I’m not perfect and I’m fully aware that I drive a car that gives out gases, travel abroad via planes and the list goes on. My point is not to force everyone to be Carbon Neutral but instead to make subtle alterations to our everyday lives. So here are some of my suggestions.
Buy a Water Bottle
We all know it’s important to stay hydrated but that means a lot of plastic water bottles, which often are not recycled, an easy change to make is to purchase a reusable water bottle. By carrying a water bottle with you when you leave the house, you won’t have to purchase a disposable one whilst out and about. Furthermore it will probably encourage you to drink more, which is always a plus- two birds, one stone and all that. I would suggest buying a bottle you really really like so that you enjoy using it, whether that be a cool pattern, a water intake tracker or an insulated bottle like my Moon Bottle, which can keep water cold for up to 24 hours (and hot for 12).
Say no to Straws
Still on the subject of drinks, when in a restaurant or bar, say no to having a straw in your drink, it’s a very easy choice to make but if we all did it, could make a big difference. Straws can’t be recycled as plastic, neither do they decompose well (around 100 years), so that’s a lot of straws being dumped into our oceans and harming marine life. So this simple swap can do a lot of good. If you really do need or want a straw, you can buy reusable stainless steel ones which can be washed and carried round in a handbag or kept in the kitchen. If you want to help support Marine Conservation, such as Turtle and Seal rehabilitation, check out Sand Cloud, they sell cool Beach Accessories, with a cut of the profits going into saving our oceans! You can also use the code MeganHarv25 for 25% off your basket at checkout.
Carry a Tote Bag
Tote bags are very useful, especially if you are at work, school or Uni so you can chuck books or work in them throughout the day. However they are also handy whilst shopping. I always carry a tote in my handbag so when I’ve done my food shop on the way home or picked up a few things at Meadowhall I can throw them in the bag rather than buying a plastic one. It’s not that I won’t pay for a carrier bag, it’s just that when they get thrown away, yet again they are left, like straws, to not decompose and just cause problems for the environment and creatures who can get caught up in them.
This one goes without saying, recycle as much as you can, paper, glass, plastic. Don’t just throw it all in the bin, I know it sounds boring but it really does help, have a designated time or day when you take it out, or if your bins are full, especially at peak times like Christmas, you can take all your recycling to most supermarkets.
Back to Lush
I have mentioned this before but if you can save up 5 black pots from Lush, you can return them to be recycled and in return you get a free fresh face mask. I’m currently on 4 so I’m only 1 away from being able to hand them all over to start their life over as a new product.
Some other ideas to have less of an impact on the environment are;
- Car Share: Get lifts with friends or Colleagues who are taking a similar journey.
- Use a Moon Cup/ Diva Cup: These are reusable for up to 5 years, which in the long run is a lot more environmentally (and economically) friendly than lots of tampons.
- Unplug appliances/ Switch off of Standby.
- Go Paperless: Swap to online statements for any accounts and use E-Tickets on your phone for events instead of printing.
Hopefully even one of these tips has prompted you to think a little more carefully about our impact on the planet, after all , we do only get one so we need to look after it. Let me know in the comments if you have any tips or ideas!