Us as humans are very intelligent and fast to create bigger and better things in the modern world which is pretty cool, but we have also been quite ignorant to the fact that in the short time that we've been here on this earth we have caused most of the destruction on it.
We live in a very privileged time as well as being quite a 'throw away' society. We have gotten into the habit of forgetting to think long term and long lasting. We might use our recycling bins but that is unfortunately just the tip of the iceberg.
Let’s have a chat about how we can all do our bit for nature and it’s creations, in order to be a little more mindful of our Carbon-Footprint Impact.
We can start taking small steps towards making changes as individuals to clean up, reduce our waste, live smarter and kinder.
If each of us as an individual made some of these changes, it can amount to profound results.
It can be as simple as:
• Having your own glass/stainless steel drink bottle to carry around instead of purchasing single use plastic ones.
• Taking cloth/woven bags with you to put your grocery items in instead of single use plastic bags that end up in our drains and oceans. (keep them in your car ready to go!)
• Have a compost bin in your garden for your fruit and vegetable scraps. Your waste then has a purpose of being broken down to be used as fertilizer for your plants.
• Leave some buckets out to catch rain to water your garden, or even better have a rainwater tank if you have the room so you can use some for the garden and some for things like washing dishes.
• It is estimated that by the year 2050, there may be more plastic in the oceans than fish. Try to say no to plastic and packaging when you can, buy ingredients fresh or in bulk and keep them in containers or jars to keep them fresh and minimize throw away material.
• Instead of plastic film to cover open food, try beeswax wrap as its biodegradable and reusable.
• Reusable items are great! Think about how many plastic utensils, straws and coffee cups we go through each week. They only serve a use-once purpose and they then end up in landfill somewhere. You could keep your own wooden/metal utensils in your handbag or in your car for when you go and get takeaway, they can then be washed and reused again.
• A reusable coffee cup! Coffee cups and their lids are some of the most highly thrown away materials. Have your own to take with you for your morning coffee, ninety nine percent of businesses and cafes are happy to fill your own cup.
• Toothbrushes. How many of these guys do you think we use in our lifetime? They don't breakdown either. Try switching to a bamboo or wooden brush. These materials can be recycled and re purposed as something else once thrown away.
• Instead of synthetic chemical filled makeup wipes in plastic packaging, opt for hemp or bamboo fibre makeup rounds or cloths that you can wash and use again and again. Or make your own by cutting up an old terry towel into squares and fill a jar/ container with them to use.
• There's things that we also don't really think about, like soaps, washing liquids and detergents that we use daily that go back into the water system which can flow back into local rivers causing water pollution. There are a lot more 'natural'or éco friendly' options without all the harmful chemicals that can effect the eco system of both the plants and wildlife that live a submerged life.
• Just like household cleaning products, its good to be mindful of our personal products like aerosol deodorants and hairsprays. Not only do they pollute our lungs, but they probably aren't the best thing to have wafting around in the air either. We have an alternative for your armpits in our online store!
• Another way to reduce waste and resources is by cutting back on meat and animal product consumption. Think about factory farming and fisheries. It can take large quantities of grain and water just to feed one cow that will eventually become our dinner. Whereas instead of all of the resource and energy use per cow, we could utilise this land for feeding a lot more people plants instead. With much less water, methane pollution from livestock and less land use.
You could try a MEAT FREE day once a week!
• Time your showers. Keep a clock in the bathroom to limit the amount of time that you have water running.
• Turn lights, heaters, electronics off at the source to save youself some money on the electricity bills. Don’t leave your television, fans or radio on if you aren’t at home or aren’t using them.
• Finally, pick up your trash and any other rubbish you come across. Especially at the beach or your local river. Let’s keep waste out of our oceans and waterways.
One of the best things you can do is educate yourself! Find the correct resources, talk to other educated people, read scientific books and factual documents.
Never underestimate the power of one person doing their bit. We may not think that we are doing much and perhaps sometimes think that no one else will do so. But if we are accountable for our own actions, it really does encourage others to do the same.
We hope by sharing a few tools to create positive action, this will be a great way to get us all thinking a bit more mindfully about our choices towards making even the smallest difference to the place we call home.