Hello! Sustainable and Eco-friendly products can be pretty expensive and inaccessible. Due to this, I wanted to share 10 simple things that we can all do (for free!) To help the environment.
Use What You Already Have
It’s easy to fall into the trap of buying a bunch of new stuff that’s plastic-free or sustainably made, but it’s better for the environment and your wallet to just use what you already have! Unless you need something or need to replace something just keep using your current thing until it’s no longer usable. The same goes for buying clothes, most of us have more than enough in our wardrobes already.
Switch to Ecosia
Ecosia is a browser which you can use on your computer or phone for free. They plant trees for every 45 or so searches, and you can see how many you’ve personally planet. They’re pretty much the same as google, however this way you’re helping to offset the worlds carbon and fight against deforestation.
Clean Up Your Inbox
One email can cause 1 gram of carbon to be released into the atmosphere which doesn’t sound like a lot until you consider how many emails are sent every day. It’s estimated that if every email user in the UK sent one less (unnecessary) email each day, it would reduce CO2 emissions by 16,433 tonnes each year! So think twice before sending them. Another thing we can do is unsubscribe from all the marketing emails we receive, and it’ll also help to prevent the temptation to shop when you don’t really need to.
If safe to do so, litter picking is a great way to help prevent plastic pollution & wildlife disruption in our oceans and on land. The great thing is that you don’t even need to go on a specific litter pick, you can just decide to pick anything you see up when you’re out and about, and then dispose of it properly. If it’s recyclable, put it in a small bag to take home and recycle properly instead of just putting in the general waste.
Leading on from that, make sure to recycle properly. I have an IGTV on wish cycling and how to recycle properly which you can watch below, however, the rundown is to always check if the item is recyclable (local government websites are a great start), wash everything through and make sure it’s clean and do small things like flattening everything and scrunch up your aluminium foil into a ball.
Wash Your Clothes Less & Air Dry
This also helps to make your clothes last longer (for another 8 ways, read this post), as well as helping the planet. Washing you clothes only when you actually need to, and avoiding the tumble dryer reduces the amount of energy you’re using. Consider switching to a sustainable cleaner too, like the Eco Egg or Ecover’s laundry products.
Related Post: 10 Ways To Make Your Clothes Last Longer
Sign Petitions, Send Emails and Reach Out To Your Representatives
We can all sign petitions, email our favourite brands to ask them ‘who makes your clothes?’ And speak to our government representatives about environmental issues. We can also share things on social media to get the messages out there and have conversations with the people in your life about garment worker rights, clean energy & plastic pollution.
Most banks have the option to go paperless now and it just takes one click on your online banking account. The same goes for paying bills online, saving tickets onto your phone instead of printing and other things like that. Help save the trees & ink!
Turn off the tap whilst brushing your teeth and take shorter showers when you can to save money & water. Even something simple like turning off the shower whilst you’re shaving or waiting for your conditioner to do its thing. Basically, whenever you’re not directly using the water — turn it off.
Reduce Food Waste
Reduce food waste by meal planning, freezing leftovers or getting creative with whatever bits you have. There are some great people like Max La Manna out there who offer a bunch of recipes and ideas to help prevent food waste. Regrowing is also a super fun project and can provide you with a bit extra celery/lettuce/whatever.
I hope that this post has given you some ideas on how to be more sustainable on a budget / for free. Let me know of any other ways that you help the planet at a low cost, I’d love to hear them!
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