Hello, welcome back to my blog.
I know many of you are passionate about cutting down on plastics and saving the environment, but how do we do that? I am sharing with you, today, some easy ways to make sure you are doing the best for the environment. So even though we can’t vote for better government, we can change a few things in our everyday life.
Don’t Buy Books
It will help save our planet and it will save you money! Use facilities like the library to read books. I am a massive bookworm, as many of you will know, but I don’t need books to prove that. I use the library, and occasionally a charity shop. If I ever buy from a charity shop, I always return it once I’ve read it. Not only does this help a charity, it helps you. You no longer have to find space to store that book.
Switch Energy Suppliers
I know this isn’t easy for anyone in university accommodation, but if you still live with your parents or on your own, research where your energy is coming from. I would recommend you have a good look into renewable energy suppliers. The common theme is: the more eco-friendly the habit, the cheaper it is.
Buy Less Clothes
And try to shop in places that do not slave people in other parts of the world. No shop can guarantee this, but there will be a few that are trying to tackle the issue. If you can, try a charity shop or thrift store. I know it sometimes isn’t convenient for teenagers, as we’re growing 24/7 but there’s always a chance!
Less Processed Meat
I’m completely vegetarian. Though to be eco-friendly, you don’t need to be. Buying and consuming less sausages and burgers is good for your health and the planet. Try and switch to ham or chicken. Even switching it out for dairy is a good option (cheese, for example)!
Wear Your Clothes Until They’re Dirty/Smelly
I only change my clothes when they’re not clean. My t-shirts change frequently, but my trousers last for two-three days before I spill something on them 😂. Wash in big loads and don’t wash anything that doesn’t need to be. I know it may sound disgusting, but it’s really not.
Online shopping has advantages, though the amount of packing is horrific. Find a shop that uses less plastic waste in their packing. Amazon uses cardboard, which isn’t as bad, but you still find small things in large boxes.
Shopping in-store is debatable as well. If you don’t live far from clothes shops, it’s okay. But if you have to travel a fair bit, then it is just as bad as online shopping and shipping (depending on where you buy from).
Find an option that works for you. I have a mix of both. I use online shopping for something specific, and in-store shopping for holiday clothes, dresses etc.
There are many other things you can cut back on, but start with the small things. I am living proof that you can still indulge in your hobbies without buying anything (much 😂). I wish you the best of luck, in saving the planet and all that.
I went to see Steve Backshall a few years ago, and he was saying just this:
We are the only generation that can make a difference
And I leave you with that, my friends.
Have a great day!