Sustainability is a big issue, with governments and organisations across the globe prioritising it and implementing sustainable goals and policies in an attempt to limit the devastating effects of climate change.
However, it can be difficult as an individual to know how to make a difference. Fortunately, there are many things you can do on a day-to-day level to help you lead a more environmentally friendly life.
One way you can significantly reduce your impact on the environment is to simply buy less. Cutting down on shopping helps to preserve natural resources, such as water and means less energy being used to produce goods. It also reduces waste that often ends up in landfill, contributing to greenhouse gases.
You should also think carefully about the purchases you do make, considering how much you’ll use them and whether or not it’s a sustainably-made product from an ethical company that takes their responsibility to sustainability seriously.
Remember that cheaper isn’t always better – you may end up needing to repair or replace it sooner rather than later, which will impact the planet as well as your wallet.
It’s far better to buy a high-quality product that will last, so invest in pieces such as red lingerie and other daily essentials rather than a cheaper, throwaway alternative.
The energy we use in our homes and the fuel we use in our cars contributes massively to our personal carbon footprint.
If possible, you could consider swapping to a renewable energy source such as having solar panels installed to power your home or upgrading your heating system to a ground source heat pump, for example.
You might also want to think about choosing an electric car or hybrid model rather than a fossil fuel one and swapping to LED lightbulbs in your home, which also last longer and are cheaper to run.
Fortunately, recycling is already a common habit in many UK households with most local councils providing recycling facilities or in some cases separate bins, bags and boxes for different recyclables that are typically collected on a fortnightly or monthly basis.
Increasing the amount you recycle can help you lower the amount of waste your produce along. with helping reduce the number of raw materials needed for new products to be made. Take care to read your local recycling guides so you know exactly what can and can’t be recycled and how best to throw it away, for example, squashing plastic bottles down and replacing the lid.
Finally, one way to live in a more eco-friendly way is to take a closer look at the ingredients that go into your household items like cleaning products and toiletries as well as how they’re packaged.
Switching plastic bottles for glass or to solid bars of soap or shampoo reduces plastic waste and using natural cleaning products prevents harmful chemicals being washed away and entering rivers and seas, where they cause pollution that can negatively affect wildlife.