Following on from last months “Is it time to create a new “normal”?” article I would like to share my reasons for the shift in this article to more sustainable living. Wellbeing has always been at the heart of what I do and this is no exception. I believe it’s now time we truly care for the wellbeing of our planet. It may seem a massively complex task but the least we can do is try. So here are some tips to live more sustainably that are easy and extremely fulfilling. We are all aware of the reusable water bottles and metal straw choices that we can all make and whilst these are amazing sustainable swaps I wanted to share with you changes that may not be obvious but can have a huge impact in living low waste and low impact.
Water scarcity is a serious issue that isn’t often talked about in the main stream but realising that water is a precious resource that needs to be used with care. So invest in a refillable water bottle that you love, turn the tap off when brushing your teeth, take fewer or shorter showers, be mindful of how much you are washing your clothes and dishes, is it needed? Try placing an empty jar by the sink and see if you can fill it up with water that usually is poured down the sink but can be used to water plants or flowers around the house or garden.
2. Shop local and second hand.
We are making A LOT of stuff that ultimately ends up in landfill and takes thousands of years to even start to break down. Buying new items keeps this cycle continuing viciously so having a change of thought before automatically purchasing new is a great step. We have a some great charity shops in Royston and with swapping and selling sites its so easy to find something you need second hand.
3. Eat less meat & dairy
51% of global greenhouse gas emissions are caused by animal agriculture contributing directly to putting our planet in crisis so where possible try and eat less meat and dairy in your diet and use local butchers where they can tell you where the meat has come from.
4. Food wastage.
Food waste dumped on landfill sites produces methane, the powerful greenhouse gas that is 25 times more damaging to the environment than C02 and a major contributor to climate change. So thinking twice about throwing food away can have a huge impact. Save veggie scraps to make veggie stock, get creative with food that you would normally throw away or compost your scraps. There are some great kitchen compost systems that degrade food waste quickly in sealed containers that can be transferred to outside compost heaps.
5.Banks & investments
Often banks invest your money in companies that are adding to our climate crisis, so being conscious where you are putting your money. Banks such as Co Op and Triodos are transparent about their investing and are doing some amazing work by putting money into climate conscious companies instead.