The time we have left to take action to help the planet is running out. It is important that we all play our part to protect the environment. You don’t have to change everything about your lifestyle from today, but there are lots of steps you can take to live more sustainably and ethically. If we all implement small changes, we can make a big difference. Use these tips as a starting point and then build from there.
How to be more eco-friendly in everyday life
Energy at Home
They say that change begins at home, so you need to have a look at your household habits. In particular: what energy supplier are you using? You want to find an electric company which cares about climate change as much as you do. You want to ensure your energy supplier is using sustainable energy, instead of traditional energy that relies on fossil fuels. The most popular renewable sources are solar, wind, hydro, tidal, geothermal and biomass energies. The more homes make sustainable choices, the greener our world will become.
Most people have a recycling bin a home and sometimes a compost bin too. But still, the majority of people end up throwing so much away. A lot of the plastic and paper waste we create daily could be reduced if we all recycled as much as possible. Check the packaging of the product to make sure it can be recycled (remember that regulations change between cities and countries). Or better yet, get in the mindset of reusing items. The less single-use products you buy, the better. Invest in a reusable coffee cup and water flask, get a tote bag to to carry with at all times, use reusable cutlery when you’re eating takeaway food outside, and if you really need a straw for your drinks use a metal one. Reuse, reduce, recycle and upcycle are the first steps we can all take to help the environment.
Less Animal Products
Meat, fish, eggs and dairy overconsumption cause intensive animal farming and hence have a great environmental impact. You don’t have to immediately become a vegetarian or vegan in order to save the planet. However, if we could all make an effort to consume less meat and dairy, this could reduce greenhouse gas emissions and make a huge difference globally! The Climate Change Committee calculated that cutting meat and dairy consumption by just 20% would successfully save eight million tonnes of carbon dioxide by 2050. Vegan and vegetarian recipes can be delicious, tasty, nourishing and filling. Choosing them over dairy and meat for most of your meal plans is not a difficult choice to make. Besides, nowadays it’s easy to find delicious meat-free and dairy-free options in restaurants and supermarkets.
If you are vegan (or thinking about cutting out dairy and eggs) but struggle to find scrumptious desserts to make at home, here are some of my favourite vegan recipes: Blueberry Cheesecake, Almond Tahini and Dark Chocolate Truffles, Sweet Potato Brownies, Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cookies, and Fig Tarte Tatin.
Fast fashion is harmful – both for the workers who make the clothes, and the way it impacts the environment. We must rethink our approach to clothes in terms of how much we buy and the brands we choose to support. Shop ethically and shop locally. An easy place to start is shopping second-hand, vintage clothes and accessories rather than buying new ones. When buying gifts to friends and family, look for ethical brands, that support fair trade and sustainable practices.
I know, it can be daunting and draining to think of all the things you need to be doing to help the environment. You don’t have to do everything at once. Take it one step at a time to make some lasting changes. I would love to know if you have any other eco-friendly lifestyle tips?
Disclaimer: this is a collaborative post.