We’re all aware of the current climate crisis we’re facing. It can all seem a bit too much sometimes and it might look like the problem is so big we can’t do anything about it. But we can all do these simple things to help the planet and reduce the impact we’re having on the environment,
1. Don’t be so hard on yourself.
It’s important to realise that you can’t do it all, everyone has their limitations. For example someone with a disability might need plastic products, and the majority of medical supplies are made from single use plastic. No one is perfect, it’s just about making changes wherever you can in a way that works for you and the planet.
If you’re over the age of 18 in the UK, you have the right to vote, so use it! I’d recommend researching each party's manifesto to find out what they plan to do to stop the climate crisis. You can also research your local MP and see if their environmental values match yours. We need to be holding politicians accountable, so if you don’t support their views or the way they’re voting you can contact them directly.
3. Forget Fast Fashion
Fast fashion is responsible for 10% of all carbon emissions in the world. * It’s also the second largest industry when it comes to pollution, second to the oil industry. Fast Fashion companies also exploit their workers so that they can skyrocket their profits. Instead of supporting these companies, why not opt for sustainable fashion shopping. Reusing or repurposing what you already have and reducing the amount of clothes you buy is the best option, after that would be shopping second hand. I love Depop and Vinted, but eBay, charity shops and Facebook marketplace are great too. You can also shop at sustainable brands like Lucy and Yak or Organic Basics. I really recommend the website Good On You . You can search for any fashion brand and they’ll give a rating on various factors like environment and ethics.
4. Switch to Ecosia
This is such a cool little switch to make! Ecosia is a search engine that plants trees when you search on the web. It’s free and really easy to install. Take a look here.
5. Shop Wisely
Make sure you’re bringing reusable bags to the shop and opting for plastic free options wherever possible. Supermarkets are a hotspot for products wrapped in unnecessary plastic, so just be mindful and see if there’s a plastic free alternative. An example of this would be looking for loose veg in the supermarket aisle, rather than pre prepared, plastic covered veg. This goes further than the food shop though, it’s applicable to anything you buy! Make sure you’re doing your research on brands before purchasing. See if they have a sustainability statement (you can check ours out here) and that their products and packaging are eco friendly.
6. Shout about it
Talk about sustainability with your family and friends, use your social media as a platform to talk about current issues, protest, anything that spreads the word and makes people more aware. You could start a petition or a local clean up.
I would love to know if you decide to do anything on this list, or if you have any more ideas leave them in the comments so we can all learn from each other.