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5 Ways To Live More Sustainably

Did you know that each person in the UK throws away five times their body weight in waste per year?

Much of this waste is sent to landfill or incinerated. While there's been a widespread effort to use more recyclable materials (like drinks in an aluminium can instead of a plastic bottle), it's still crucial that we waste less!

It's Zero Waste week, but don't let that 'zero' intimidate you: living sustainably doesn't need to be all or nothing. You don't have to produce literally zero waste to be doing your part. The fact is, we're all humans, and that means we need to consume.

However, with some planning, we can all live our lives using a little bit less and doing what we can to protect our planet.

And it's a win-win: living sustainably can often mean spending less money.

Here are 5 simple tips for living more sustainably this Zero Waste week:

1. Buy loose and in bulk

loose vegetables

While supermarkets have gotten more conscious about the environment (or at least their marketing has improved!), there's still a tremendous amount of waste in our average weekly shops. There are a few simple things you can do at the supermarket to shop more sustainably.

Opt to buy loose fruit and vegetables not wrapped in plastic. This also means you'll only buy what you need! For anything else, try and buy more oversized items when you can. For example, a supersized shampoo bottle will cost less energy to create than lots of small ones and will work out cheaper in the long run!

2. Buy used clothes 

used clothes

64% of the 32 billion garments made yearly end up in a landfill. The fashion industry is one of the biggest polluters on the planet. It accounts for around 10% of all greenhouse gas emissions.

Fast fashion retailers create cheap garments that aren't made to last more than a single season. But you don't have to buy expensive and ethically made clothes.

Try buying used clothes instead! You can use websites like Depop, Vinted, or eBay and find great quality clothing at a fraction of the price. If you fancy taking it offline, simply head to your local charity shop and see what you can find. If an item of clothing makes it to the charity shop, there's a good chance it's a quality item and will last for years.

3. Support sustainable brands

sustainable brands

We're human: we need to consume! There's no reason to feel guilty about that. However, while you do need to buy things, you can always choose to support sustainable brands. Some of our favourite sustainable brands right now include Wild Refill, Finisterre, and the Nu Company.

We do what we can to be a sustainable brand as a company. That's why we established the Feel Good 3% People & Planet Fund. The fund gives 3% of the sales to projects that support the well-being of people and the planet. Not only that, we plant one seagrass seed for every pack we sell. Seagrass is an incredible natural solution in our fight against climate change thanks to its ability to capture and store carbon.  

4. Travel smarter 

bicycle lane

We all know that driving isn't the greenest way to travel. When possible, public transport is a better option. Even better is to cycle or walk.

However, that's not always an option depending on where you work or your life commitments.

But that doesn't mean you can't reduce your travel emissions. Did you know that by swapping out just one of your daily trips with cycling or walking a day, you could reduce your yearly emissions by half a tonne? That be as simple as walking to the supermarket instead of jumping in the car. And you'll save some money on fuel, too! 

5. Say bye to disposables

disposable cups

Plastic disposables aren't just a waste of money. Disposable forks, cups, bags, food containers, and razors can wreak havoc on the environment.

Many of these single-use plastics can be dangerous to wildlife and contribute to high levels of micro-plastics in our oceans. Even when disposed of in a landfill, landfills must be monitored to ensure no hazardous chemicals enter the environment.

Summary:

This year’s Zero Waste week brings the perfect opportunity to try and live a little bit more sustainably. Remember, do what you can, and make changes that are sustainable for the planet, and your lifestyle!

 

Sources:

https://www.zerowasteweek.co.uk/zero-waste-uk/

https://www.thredup.com/resale/#resale-growth

https://www.imperial.ac.uk/news/214235/ditching-walking-biking-just-week-cuts/

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