I’m definitely not a sustainability expert or the best eco warrior out there but it’s hard not to ignore that we are heading towards an environmental crisis point. I am making changes and becoming a more conscious consumer and as cliche as it might sound we need to be the change we want to see in the world. If we can’t positively make change holding onto the hope that every little bit counts then we may as well give up.
So I thought I’d do a little post highlighting some places, books and ideas that are helping me along the way. Everyone is on their own journey when it comes to sustainability but there’s no denying the fact that the planet is in desperate need of some love and everyone has a role to play. I hope this post inspires you to make some positive changes. Please share with friends, every little bit counts…
My first tip is to educate yourself. This month I’ve watched The True Cost on Netflix (revealing shocking truths about the fast fashion industry) and I’m reading Turning The Tide On Plastic by Lucy Siegal. I also went along to my two friends, Venetia Falconer and Max Le Manna’s event “It Begins At The Source”, where they discussed their journeys to living more consciously and gave some zero waste cooking tips such using ends of vegetables to make veggie stock and using water from steaming vegetables to then boil pasta.
Living low impact and zero waste is about challenging everything that’s coming into your world on a daily basis and questioning do I really need this or can I use less?
I also saw that my local coffee shop is hosting a clothes swap evening where people can come with clothes they no longer want and swap with others while enjoying a beer or kombucha.
Look out for what’s going on in your world and question things if you want things to change? Do you have a food waste bin? If not then write to your local council to get one. Are people using plastic water bottles at your work? Speak to your manager about getting a water filter tap instead. Host a clothes swap evening with your friends. You can make a difference.
Eat Less Animal Products
The global rain forest is like the planet’s lungs; it breathes in CO2 and exhales oxygen, an acre of the rainforest is cleared every second and the leading cause is to graze animals and grow their feed crops. Eating animals and animal products seems to be the leading cause of environment issues and deforestation so it makes sense that the best thing any human can do to help save the planet is stop eating animal products or at least eat less. I’ve been mainly plant based for most of my twenties but after watching Cowspiracy was truly affected and now find a true environmental reason to eat very minimal animal products.
Eco Friendly Fashion
When it comes to fashion the best tip and thing I’ve massively had to learn is simply to buy less and make use of the clothes we already have in our wardrobes. Gone are my days of making mass orders from ASOS. With that being said a new piece of clothing gives me that little lift sometimes I need sometimes especially if it’s for an exciting event.
I recently needed to buy some new jeans as mine didn’t fit me anymore (I’ve become addicted to the banana bread at my local cafe ;)), I asked my bestest friend and ethical warrior, Venetia Falconer, for some brands she recommends. She sent me in the direction of some great sites which are doing fab things for sustainable fashion. I didn’t realise that jeans are one of the biggest polluters. Here’s a list of sustainable fashion brands…
You might be pleased to discover that some of your already loved brands are doing great things for the environment. My partner and I love Patagonia and they are going above and beyond to not only make protecting the environment part of there everyday work but also raise awareness so other brands follow suit though their Sustainable Apparel Coalition.
With a few simple things, you can easily become more low impact through your food shopping. My partner and I do an online food shop and recently swapped from using Ocado to Sainsburys as there’s an option on Sainsburys to deliver with no plastic bags. We also go to our local farmers market once a week to stock up on fruits and vegetables, bread, pasta and olives. We save used pesto and nut butter jars to take to our local Bring Your Own store to stock up on nuts, seeds, oats and other grains.
I’ve also made a conscious decision to fly less this year. It’s become the norm to jet away for city breaks and take at least 2 to 3 holidays a year. I’ve definitely travelled a lot in my twenties and this year am making a change. I’m only doing UK retreats this year and Sam and I want to take a holiday somewhere in the U.K too. We will travel to Sweden to visit Sam’s family and maybe take a trip at the end of the year for my parent’s 30th Wedding Anniversary but other than that we are enjoying South East London life. There’s some more on our doorstep to explore.
Using A Keep Cup and Wooden Cutlery
And finally, there’s a little ways you can say no to single use plastic. I did hear at the event that a range of single use plastics are set to banned across the EU by 2021. This is incredible that action is being taken on such a large scale as, if we continued the way we are, by 2050 they’d be more plastic in the sea than fish. Say no to single use plastic now by investing in a keep cup. Most coffee shops now offer a discount if you use one. Another great investment is wooden cutlery to carry around with you, this means you can avoid using plastic cutlery when out grabbing lunch.
As I said I’m no expert but I hope you found the above tips and tricks useful. I remain hopeful we can turn it around for our planet. Switch lights off, turn off the tap when you brush your teeth, take quick showers, avoid fast fashion and eat less meat. Stay positive and don’t give up. Positivity can be very powerful.
Love, Lottie x