It’s Not Easy Being Green
Some of you may be way ahead on this journey and others may just want a simple nudge in the right direction, so here you go: 5 top tips for greener living.
- Use less plastic. Thanks to the likes of David Attenborough, it’s highly likely that you’ve seen images showing the devastation caused by plastic in our oceans. Although some plastic does get recycled, plastic pollution has become a major problem and, according to The Guardian, only a third of plastic packaging in the UK is currently recycled. Why not invest in a space saving, collapsible water bottle and download the Refill App to find out which businesses near you will happily refill your water bottle for free.
- Take your own coffee cup. According to a report released in January 2018 by the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee, 2.5 billion coffee cups are disposed of in the UK each year which is enough to fill London’s Royal Albert Hall and this figure is on the rise. Not only that, but just a quarter of those cups are actually recycled. There are so many available options for reusable coffee mugs but why not try a light and reusable bamboo coffee cup and use less plastic too. As an extra added bonus, many coffee retailers are also offering discounted coffee when you bring your own cup. The Telegraph recently published an article on which coffee shops are offering discounts. Check here to see if your favourite is on the list.
- Clean up your community. In my opinion, there is nothing worse than heading to your local beach or park to find that someone has left a load of their rubbish behind. It’s so easy to complain about this but why not do something a bit more productive. Get involved with local clean up events like the Surfers Against Sewage Beach Clean. They run a spring and autumn event each year (the next one is October 2018) or they can support you to organise your own mini beach clean. Or get involved in the latest plogging craze to come out of Sweden, which has runners picking up rubbish while they’re out pounding the pavements. Find something you’re passionate about and get involved.
- Buy foods that are in season. Think seasonally the next time you head out for your weekly food shop. Buying food that is in season makes for a tastier, more nutritional meal that should cost you less too. If you’re buying local too then think of all the travel emissions that have been saved. Need a helping hand with this one? Take a look at Eat the Seasons for what foods are in season and the benefits you’ll get.
- Upcycle. Upcycling can turn unwanted items into something useful and beautiful and you can upcycle just about anything so pause for a second before closing the lid on your bin. Get inspired by these upcycling ideas for furniture, interiors, and even packaging.
Of course, this list is not even close to exhaustive but has hopefully gotten you thinking. We’d love to hear your ideas and tips as well so feel free to share them with us.