Living a More Sustainable Lifestyle
Many of our day-to-day lifestyle choices have huge impacts on the environment and the climate that we often aren’t even aware of – from what we eat, where we shop and how we discard of unwanted items. WWF explains that we are living in a time when human impacts on the environment are changing the face of our planet – so it’s vital that we find ways to live more sustainably in order to protect the world we live in.
If you’re unsure of where to start on living more sustainably, then check out our tips below to get you started:
Shop Zero Waste
If you’re looking to cut back on your use of plastic, then shopping zero waste is an excellent way to do this. From fruit and veg to milk and drinks, to shampoo and other toiletries, Zero Waste shops have made shopping plastic free easy and simple!
As well as cutting back on plastics, Zero Waste shops can help tackle the issue of food waste as their refill system allows you to buy only what you need. They also are often an independently owned shop, so it means you’re putting your money back into your local area and supporting a small business.
Check out Pebble Mag’s guide to the best UK based Zero Waste shops to find out where to shop in your area - click here!
Say no to new!
When you’re being bombarded with sale posts on a regular basis from giant chain stores, it can be difficult to resist purchasing something new for what seems like such little money – but with that £5 blouse comes environmental consequences as fast fashion and cheaply made single-use products so often end up in landfills which has a huge impact on the environment. There are still plenty of ways to shop to shop for clothes AND still be environmentally conscious – secondhand and charity shops are full of hidden gems and unique items that will make you stand out from the crowd and save you plenty of money too! Check out Oxfam’s top tips for shopping second hand if you’re new to it - click here!
And if you’ve got some unwanted clothes then why not pass them on to someone else and extend their life! Try reselling on eBay, Depop or Facebook Market Place or look out for Clothes Swaps in your local area and nab some new to you items of your own!
Grow Your Own
It may still be winter but now is the perfect time to start thinking about sowing some seeds and growing your own food. You don’t need a huge garden to do this – a small area on your patio or even a window box can allow you to grow you own vegetables or herbs. Growing your own vegetables or fruit is hugely beneficial to the environment as you’re not using chemicals or pesticides that are harmful to the environment.
Not only that, but it will benefit your health too, encouraging you to get outside, get more fresh air and do some physical activity.
Have you got any suggestions for living more sustainably? Let’s us know!