One of my goals for 2018 was to be more conscious of the effect my existence is having on the planet and to try and live more environmentally friendly. I wrote about ditching the disposable cups last year but I really wanted to step it up a notch.
When you really think about the consequences of our actions, and the affect they’re having on the planet, it can feel overwhelming. In the past I’ve convinced myself we’re at the point of no return, so what’s the point in me washing out all my tins for the recycling every night? Why should I bother?
On one hand, we do need corporations to step up if change is going to happen quickly. But on the other hand, if everyone in the world made a couple of small changes to their lifestyles, the knock on affect would be huge.
When you’re looking at your whole lifestyle, it can be quite daunting to know what to do first. But watching Blue Planet last year really gave me the kick up the arse I needed to make the first steps. You can start small, and then just make small changes time goes on.
Changes I’ve Made
Got myself a reusable coffee cup
I’ve already spoken about this on here and over on my Instagram, but it’s such an easy way to start. If, like me, you drink a lot of coffee that waste can really pile up.
I was drinking 5-6 cups a week using single use coffee cups and every one was going straight in the bin. Horrifying.
Now, I have a KeepCup at work and another at home, and I very rarely have to resort to single use cups – only ever in emergencies! Lot’s of places will give you discount if you bring in your own cup too, so it’s win-win.
Ditched the straws
This one is getting a lot of publicity at the moment. Did you know 500 million straws are used and binned every day?
This one didn’t take too much effort to implement because I don’t really go out drinking. I’ve been out a few times since making the change and my first instinct when getting a drink was to look for a straw, so it’s more about just changing those habits. It’s pretty easy to go without, or you can buy a reusable one.
Invested in a Mooncup
The average menstruating person will throw away 250-300 pads, tampons and applicators in their lifetime. That sounds a lot, but it does only makes up 0.5% of your lifetime personal landfill load. Still, investing in a mooncup is a change we (menstruating ppl) can all make to ease that landfil load!
I use Mooncup because they’re based locally but there are lot’s of other brands out there. Just have a quick google and you’ll find lots of reviews to find which one best suits you.
Started using my local milkman
By signing up to Milk & More, we can have our weekend milk and juice (even bread and eggs) delivered to our door up to three times a week. Now, at the weekends, we don’t have to traipse to Tesco for our breakfast food and instead it’s waiting at the front door. Win for lazy people like us!
Using a milkman means all of our milk and juice bottles are reused, reducing our plastic waste.
Ditched the make up wipes & cotton wool
This change doesn’t just help the planet but it’s also much kinder to my face. Instead of going through packets of make up wipes, I invested in a good cleanser and some flannels which I just wash once a week (I have 7!).
I’ve also recently bought some reusable cotton wool pads from Amazon, which are felt-like and you can just pop in the washing machine. It means I no longer have to use cotton wool for applying toners.
Bought a water bottle
Growing up in Spain, where we couldn’t drink tap water, meant I’ve never liked drinking the tap water over here. That has meant buying tonnes of plastic bottles over the years that I used a handful of times and then throw in the bin.
Now, I have a double walled water bottle which keeps my water cold for 24 hours and can obviously use forever. It’s also very cute. I got mine for £8 in TK Max but you can buy them on Amazon too.
Stopped eating meat
There are many reasons the consumption of meat impact global warming. Just google it and you’ll find article after article on the topics. From deforestation to make more land for farming animals to the methane produced from rearing livestock.
If everyone just reduced their meat consumption, by 2050 carbon emissions could be reduced by up to 63%!
If I’m being completely honest, the environment wasn’t really in my thoughts when I decided to cut out meat. I was doing it for the animals. But the research into it has made me even more determined to stick to a vegetarian diet.
There you have it, 7 steps I’m making to be more conscious of my carbon footprint. Let me know in the comments what you’ll do to help the plant!