1. Recycle, recycle, recycle.
Did you know that over 300 tonnes of plastic are wasted per year? It’s nearly equivalent to the weight of the entire human population! With just a little bit of effort to separate your waste and drop it in your nearest recycling bin, we can reduce that number significantly.
2. Avoid single-use plastic.
Single-use plastic is one of the biggest contributors to plastic waste. You can play your part in avoiding single-use plastic by saying no to items like bottled water, plastic shopping bags and other disposable goods.
Purchasing something like Dr. Bronner’s 18-in-1 Pure-Castile Soap can reduce the need to buy multiple detergents and soaps each month too. Whether it’s face, body and hair or dishes, laundry or mopping, Dr. Bronner’s 18-in-1 Pure-Castile Soap can handle just about any cleaning task.
3. Choose second hand instead.
Although it can be tempting to join in on the latest fashion trend, a lot of waste is produced by fast fashion. Be intentional about your clothing purchases, as well as other items you purchase such as furniture and other home items. If you buy good quality, the items you buy should last a lifetime!
If you’re struggling to decide whether something is worth keeping in your cupboard, take onboard Marie Kondo’s advice to “discard everything that does not spark joy.”
There are loads of brilliant charity shops around that you can donate to, or shop at.
4.Upcycle items where you can.
Old clothes can be easily turned into face masks, scarfs, reusable shopping bags or blankets; plastic bottles can be used as potplants to grow herbs in and our favourite, tins can be turned into cute candle jars.
5. Use less electricity.
In an effort to become more eco-friendly at home, an impactful way to start is to begin decreasing your amount of electricity usage. This can be hard in our digital day and age but with small changes, it is more than doable. For example, you could ditch the dryer as often as possible and use a clothesline instead or next time your lightbulbs need changing, choose one that is LED as they are the most energy-efficient bulbs on the market today.
6. Eat local and organic
Last but not least, a great and simple way to become more eco-conscious and reduce your carbon footprint is to eat local and organic produce. In doing so, you will most likely use less packaging, support the local economy and contribute to less transport emissions that would normally be accounted for in big supermarkets.