Happy Earth Day 2019! On my show today, we heard an interview with Kerry Stevenson, a volunteer from Greenpeace which is featured at the bottom of this article.
Before we get to the interview, I’d like to give you my top 10 tips to a more eco friendly life. Some of these are switches that you can make, and some are things that you can start or stop doing today!
Let’s get started!
- Recycle – This is an obvious one, however, so many people still forget to do this on a daily basis. You can make this nice and easy to remember by either having a basket in your kitchen dedicated to recycling to go into your recycling bin – or even set an alarm on your phone!
- Bamboo – I reckon bamboo is the future. It’s the fastest growing plant on Earth, so is the most sustainable product to use. Here’s the best part – you can make almost anything from bamboo! Clothes; cutlery; cups; furniture; toothbrushes and even some medicines! You get the idea.
- Ready, Steady, Cook! – Doing your own cooking not only works out cheaper, but it also means that you can eat less processed foods, and reduce the plastic waste that comes along with ready meals! A lot of people get put off cooking because they think it takes ‘too long’ or they’re ‘not a great cook’ – but you don’t have to be a good cook to put together a healthy meal, and it doesn’t have to take too long either! I do a fair amount of cooking at home, and an average meal takes me around 15-20 minutes to prepare!
- Let it grow – Point 3 brings me onto both points 4 and 5! Growing your own fruit and veg is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint! It’s also very rewarding to be able to watch life come to those tiny seeds that you’ve planted. You don’t even need a garden to be able to grow your own produce. You can either make use of your nearest allotment, or you can grow different herbs and spices in your kitchen window! This also looks very pretty.
- Plant based power – I may be biased in suggesting this, however, studies have shown that eating a plant-based or vegan diet will reduce your carbon footprint chronically. As just an example: the production of a meatless burger actually takes 99% less water; 93% less land; 90% less ghg emissions; nearly 50% less energy and it’s also a whole lot healthier for you! There is plenty of information on-line and everywhere else today on vegan diets, which makes it easier now than ever! This doesn’t mean to say you can never eat meat again. I personally wouldn’t eat meat again – but if you can’t bare to part , then a flexitarian diet may be for you!
- Shopping – This covers all types of shopping… If you’re grocery shopping, try to buy fruit and veg that is package free. You can purchase your own re-usable bamboo cotton or canvas bags to put fresh produce in. It’s also best to only buy what you need. This will then reduce food waste in your home. In terms of clothes shopping, the fashion industry actually waste a lot of materials – so it is advised to shop in charity shops as much as you can.
- Cleaning – Now is the time where I’m going to tell you about tumble dryer balls. There are lots of different brands that use these, and they are used instead of tumble dryer sheets. They are reusable, and in the long run actually work out cheaper than buying a new pack of tumble dryer sheets every few months! I should also mention that there are a lot of natural recipes for D.I.Y cleaning products. These can be found everywhere, so all you need to do is look them up! Making your own cleaning products using natural ingredients is great for being more eco friendly, but also better for your health, as it means no more breathing in harsh chemicals!
- Bathroom – There are a lot of switches that can be made to have a more eco-friendly bathroom. I’ll give you my 3 favorite ones today – First up is the bamboo toothbrush. They are biodegradable and you can even put them in your compost bin when you’re done with them! Secondly, we have shampoo bars. These are easy to use, easy to find and worth every penny! I have quite long hair, and for me, these last a good 60-70 washes! The last bathroom swap you can make is razors! Not something that people typically talk about, but using an electric razor is a great way to cut down on your carbon footprint. The other alternative you can use, is a safety razor!
- Shark week – Ladies, this one is for you. There are now a lot of different reusable products available for your time of the month. It’s always worth a look at menstrual pants, menstrual cups and loads of other items! Do your research on this one and find out what suits you best. It is scary how much waste is produced from such a natural occurrence.
- That’s a wrap! – The final tip for you here. I only discovered reusable food wraps a couple of months ago, but these are life savers. They are used just the same as you would use cling film, but you can just rinse them off, and reuse them!
I hope you liked my tips! Leave your own below, and comment if you already do any of these! There are thousands more I could’ve given you today, but it would have been one mighty long blog. In the meantime, we can all only do our best to help the Earth.
Don’t forget to listen to my interview with Kerry from Greenpeace below all about plastic pollution!
Georgia Turner x