With 19 of the warmest years on record since 2001, there is more plastic in the ocean than fish, so doing our bit to be sustainable is more important than ever.
As we all try to look after the world we live in, there are plenty of ways we can take care of our planet. We’ve offered seven ways you can live more sustainably at home.
Get yourself a great reusable, portable cup
If, like us, you can’t go without your cup of coffee as you head into the office, rather than getting your caffeine hit in a to-go cup – which are extremely difficult to recycle and really bad for the environment – get yourself a reusable cup.
Not only are they more likely to keep your drink hotter for longer, there are also plenty of companies with their own cool and unique takes, meaning you can find one to match your style. KeepCup is one of our favourite brands and it has a huge range. Most high street cafes offer some sort of incentive for you to bring your own cup. Result.
Choose reusable coffee filters
If you’re making your coffee to go or feel like settling down with a cup at home, think about switching to reusable coffee filters. Whilst coffee pods are convenient, most are single use and aren’t good for the environment. There are plenty of reusable filters to choose from, so pick your favourite filter coffee and give it a go. Your bank balance will thank you as well as the environment!
Switch to eco-friendly laundry products
As well as the rise in ocean plastic, three times as much oil from our day-to-day lives pollutes our seas and oceans each year than major oil spills. Making the move to eco-friendly laundry products is a great way of helping reduce your impact on your local water supply. Specialist brand Ecover has a variety of products, with most major supermarkets doing their own versions too!
Chances are you’ve seen the images of the impact that plastic straws can have on sea life. But if you’ve got kids, or you’re trying to minimize the impact that fizzy drinks have on your teeth, you’ll know that straws can be quite important in your household! Swap them out for biodegradable ones or silicone/stainless steel alternatives. A quick search on Amazon brings up plenty of options to choose from.
Go plastic free with your shampoo
Reducing your plastic packaging is a simple way to help the environment, and now it’s easier than ever to do so in your bathroom. Big brands, such as Lush are investing in product development so that you can go plastic free in your bathroom.
Eat less meat
Did you know that 58 per cent of emissions associated with food come from meat? And that our love of meat and dairy in the western world is fuelling global warming? Now we’re by no means saying ditch your favourite Sunday roast for an alternative. However, research from Oxford University shows that if every family in the UK swapped a red meat meal for a plant-based meal just once a week, the environmental impact would be the same as taking 16 million cars off the road.
You’re not shy on recipes either. Go into any bookshop, the chances are you’ll find a massive selection of plant-based recipe books. But if you haven’t got time to browse, we’ve put together some simple veggie and vegan recipes.
Biodegradable bin bags
Bin bags - they’re an essential part of home life. One alternative is to go bag free in your bin and give it a good clean each time you empty it out. However, if that just isn’t practical, a great option is to get biodegradable bin bags. Asda stocks this pack of 20, and it’s no more expensive than buying your normal bin bags.