Five Sustainable Swaps
Updated: Nov 30, 2020
The year 2020 is one we won't forget. However, throughout the misery that came with Covid-19, a new appreciation for our surroundings emerged along with the importance of sustaining our environment. So, if you've found yourself considering how you can be more sustainable, but have been left overwhelmed at where to begin - this blog is a must read for you! Living more sustainably doesn't mean giving up everything you love, and it isn't too difficult either. Here I have outlined five simple swaps to get you started and begin reducing your household waste.
Refillable Water Bottle or Coffee Cup- Did you know 7.7 billion plastic water bottles are used each year in the UK? That amounts to an average of 117 bottles per person in one year!! So if there is one thing you do this week, invest in a refillable water bottle. Prices vary and there are many great options to choose from.
Cloth Shopping Bags - When the carrier bag charge was introduced to the UK, the number of single use plastic bags sold by retailers dropped by 37%! Which is great news, so if you haven't already, ditch your plastic bags and swap them for a cloth tote to do your shopping! Cloth bags are much more durable and more stylish too! Win-win.
Top Tip - Remember to carry a foldable cloth tote in your handbag - even if you're not going shopping - you never know when you might pop into a shop and be left with no option but to buy a single-use plastic bag!
Time to say goodbye to the paper towels and kitchen roll! Besides, what do they do that a cloth can't? Apart from take two weeks to decompose!? With every piece of paper towel we use and throw away, it contributes to our waste and cannot be recycled. So next time you spill a drink, reach for a cloth or towel and ditch the paper!
Use re-sealable silicone bags to store leftover or opened foods. Instead of using plastic sandwich and food bags, invest in a few re-sealable silicone food bags. They leave your food fresher for longer, and can be washed and reused multiple times. Consider using these for your kid's packed lunches or for your lunchtime snack if you are travelling to work.
Replace your single use cotton pads with reusable ones! Luckily, these are much more readily available now with some big brands like garnier releasing their own range of reusable cotton pads to go with their micellar range. Rather than using and throwing away bundles of cotton pads every time you remove your makeup or apply lotions, you can simply rinse and reuse as many times as you like.
If you were struggling with where to start on your sustainability journey, hopefully these swaps will kickstart the change! With every swap you make, you will be making a difference to our planet.
If you are keen to learn more, check out this great guide which shows some sustainable life hacks you can start today.