HOW TO SHOP MORE SUSTAINABLY AND THINGS YOU CAN DO EVERYDAY TO SAVE THE PLANET.
We should all know by now that climate change is happening and if we do not do something to stop it now the consequences will be dire from extreme flooding and the extinction of artic creatures like polar bears as the ice caps melt to extreme temperatures and drought in other parts of the world. Nevertheless, there is some things you can do to help reduce your carbon footprint and live a more eco-friendly and sustainable life that are simple and easy to do on a daily basis.
- Cut back on Meat – Whether it just be trying ‘Meatless Mondays’ to becoming a vegetarian eating less meat is not only better for ethical reasons but countless numbers of research has shown the harmful environmental effects intensive farming has on the environment. Adding more vegetarian options to your diet is easier than ever with both vegan and vegetarian dupes for meat-eaters favourites of burgers, bacon, and mince easily found in most supermarkets and many of the Holmfirth restaurants offering vegetarian and vegan options on their menus.
- Shop Local – From fresh produce to a new jumper it is beneficial to buy local as not only are you supporting your local businesses but you are reducing the distance your goods travel from production to your home which in turn reduces the carbon footprint of the goods. Moreover, in general traveling by foot for your shopping, or any other activity is better than using carbon dioxide emitting cars. It is also better to use the bus or train as these are shared transportation services so reduce individual carbon footprints.
- Buy Second-hand and Donate – Not only can you find a bargain designer item and support a local charity by buying second-hand at a local charity shop but this is also better for the environment. Due to the nature of the fast-fashion industry turning over cheap products will short shelf lives at a rapid pace this is detrimental for the environment due to amount of energy consumed, let alone materials and chemicals used in the process often dumped in developing nations waterways. Therefore, it can be better to buy second-hand and to invest in the eco- friendly clothes you buy. Moreover, donating unwanted clothes rather than just discarding them in a land fill is much better as the clothes can be recycled and re-worn.
- Avoid Single Use Plastic – From using paper straws to investing in a stainless-steel straw when drinking your iced coffee to using reusable sandwich bags and a reusable water bottle it is much better to avoid single use plastic that is damaging to the environment and wasteful. Particularly when food shopping it can be difficult to avoid single use plastic but if you bring you own bags both for the overall shop but also to hold loose fruit and vegetables, along with bringing in your own containers when buying from the butcher or fishmongers, are simple ways to cut down on single use plastic. (image from https://simplystraws.com/products/stainless-steel-single-glass-straw)
- Don’t Litter– This should be an obvious one but still many people forget. Even fruit peel should be properly deposed of as even banana peel can take up to two years to fully decompose. Not only should you not litter but when out walking try and pick up any litter you see. (This also goes for your dog’s waste too)
- Save on Water – There are many ways to save water from shorter showers instead of baths to storing rainwater to use at a later date to water your plants it is important, particularly in the hot summer weeks, to use water sparingly.