With more and more of us becoming aware of the damage our choices are having on the planet, it’s up to all of us to do a little bit more.
With 2021 on the horizon, why not make it your New Year’s Resolution to live more sustainably?
With that being said, here are some of our top tips to help you on your way.
Switch to eco-friendly products
A good place to start if you’re looking to become more sustainable is by looking at the products you currently consume.
With approximately 5 trillion pieces of plastic currently occupying our oceans, anything that substitutes plastic would be an ideal swap. For example, goBambu has recently brought to market a range of bamboo toothbrushes.
Bamboo is 100% biodegradable which means you can compost the brush handle after you’re finished with your brush without any fears of plastic ending up at landfills and ultimately our waters.
Staying in the bathroom, make sure your soaps and shampoos are plastic-free.
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Plastic containers take up to 20x more energy to create than cardboard and paper boxes so it’s important you switch to soap and shampoo bars as opposed to the liquid forms.
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Try a new energy provider
With more and more green energy suppliers coming to the fore, it’s worth thinking about switching from your existing supplier.
With the big 6 energy providers in the UK all using polluting methods to produce their energy, finding a supplier that uses renewable sources could be a great idea for 2021.
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Think about making small changes to your diet
It’s well documented that the meat industry is one of the main sources of pollution. It’s been estimated that the meat and poultry industry is responsible for as much as 14.5% of all greenhouse gas emissions on earth.
Whilst you don’t need to make a complete change in your diet, simply opting for a few veggie meals every week will have a big impact.
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Ditch Fast Fashion
The fashion industry is responsible for around 10% of the world’s total carbon emissions – a staggering figure as many of us wouldn’t associate clothing with greenhouse gas emissions.
However, the farming and the energy-intensive processes to actually produce and ship the clothes all adds up and fast fashion is playing a huge role in this.
With the world of social media constantly changing, trends come and go in a blink of an eye. Fashion retailers are trying to keep up with these trends by producing relevant clothing.
The issue is that when current fashion trends end, they’re left with stacks and stacks of clothing that’s now ‘out of style’. Many fashion retailers have been known to simply discard the clothing, knowing they can’t give it away for free because it would impact future sales.
All of that energy wasted.
It’s very rare that one single person has the ability to change the world but if we all pitch in, collectively we can have a big impact.
By incorporating these simple tips into your life, you can make sure that 2021 is your most sustainable year yet.