More and more people are becoming aware of the environmental impacts our actions have. There are so many small and simple actions we can put in place that have a significant impact on the environment. Here are 20 things I do to be more eco-friendly.
1. Buy fewer clothes. Since becoming more aware of the fast fashion industry I have stopped shopping from big brands near enough altogether. I have found the easiest way to do this is to generally not enter the shops or look online, then I don’t really know what I’m missing. I have become a HUGE fan of charity shopping, it is a brilliant way to give old pieces a new lease of life, try different styles, give to charity, and it is super fun to find expensive items that I otherwise wouldn’t have been able to afford!
TOP TIP!! eBay, Depop, Facebook, Vintage Kilo Sales, are all brilliant resources to find preloved clothes!
2. Repeat outfits. I have never been one to wash an outfit after one wear (obvs unless it stinks!). If your clothes aren’t dirty, wear them again!
3. Mend clothes. I try to fix or customise my clothes before throwing them away. More often than not, it is a simple fix. There are many ways to change up an old piece of clothing into something new.
4. Carry a water bottle. I have not bought a plastic water bottle in years! It doesn’t have to be a huge 1L bottle, there are fill-up stations in most workplaces, schools, and colleges. Cafes and coffee shops don’t usually have a problem filling them up for you either!
5. Keep, Keep cups. There are plenty of keep cups on the market, the only time I really have a takeaway drink is when I am travelling. The majority of places give you a discount when you use a keep cup too!
6. Sit inside to drink. If you don’t fancy carrying around a water bottle and keep cup, sit inside and have a drink. I love leaving early to allow myself 15/20 minutes to sit inside a cafe and have a cuppa.
7. Use reusable bags. I think the majority of people do this now, it is such an easy simple swap. I keep plenty in my car, and often a canvas one in my handbag, just in case!
8. Wait 2/3 weeks before buying something new. It is impossible to just never buy anything, if there is a coat I love or something materialistic I would like to have, I wait 2/3 weeks, to see if it is something I truly want. So far this year, I haven’t bought it!
9. Became veggie/plant-based. I have stopped eating meat and massively reduced my dairy/egg intake. There are many reasons I have changed my diet, one of which is the environmental effects of consuming animal products. Not everyone wants to make this switch, but why not try meatless-Mondays or having a couple of meals a week that are plant-based?
10. Ditched cling-film. Since I moved out of home, I haven’t bought cling-film. I either use, bee’s wax wraps that I bought years ago, glass containers or use put a bowl on top of a plate.
11. Reduced water usage. I take short showers and think of a bath as a treat to have every now and then. Stop the tap when brushing your teeth or washing your hands. It’s so easy to wastewater.
12. Save scrap veggies. I used to waste so much food, now I save my veggie ends and peels to use as a veg broth or compost.
13. Buy second-hand books. I have become more and more into reading again but there is a bit of a debate about books vs ebooks, so I tend to buy second-hand books and am looking into using my library again! If you know the best eco-friendly option, make sure you let me know.
14. Beach cleans. I spend a lot of time at the beach, whatever season, and I always make sure I pick up rubbish while out on my walk. I hate the thought of ocean plastic, and the effects it has, it isn’t hard to pick it up! I was listening to a podcast the other day, talking about Take 3 For The Sea. They do great work for ocean plastic!
15. Forget face wipes. I love the convenience of face wipes, but they are bad for the environment and many brands are bad for your skin!
16. Stopped having chewing Gum. Most chewing gum contains plastic, isn’t suitable for vegans and it is something I can definitely live without.
17. Shifted to a menstrual cup. I have recently started moving over to the menstrual cup after learning how much waste is produced with tampons and pads. Menstrual products play a big part in plastic pollution.
18. Say no to straws. Something I stopped using years ago, most restaurants use paper straws now, but always double-check or just don’t bother with one! If you can’t live without them, you can get collapsible ones to take out with you.
19. Use reusable cotton rounds. This is an alternative to cotton pads, and I love them!
20. Keep learning! There is so much information out there, it is important to keep educating and encouraging others to learn too!
Plastic Freedom is a brilliant online store to find plastic, waste-free alternatives. Check them out for everything beauty, kitchen, travel and so much more! Plus they plant a tree with every order.
I know it is a privilege to be able to change my habits and actions to be more eco-friendly, but it is something everyone can work on to help protect this beautiful planet. Not everyone needs to be a zero-waste, strict vegan, but if we all play a part in being more eco-conscious then together we can make a change.
Keep this thread going and leave some of your favourite eco-friendly swaps in the comments!
Thanks for reading!
Travels of Eden