The more people who make these small changes, the bigger the impact we have and ultimately the better lives we can lead on our beautiful planet.
Climate change is becoming much more of a talking point. With social media channels sharing ‘save the planet’ content and even Netflix serving us gripping documentaries on how the way we live is impacting the planet, it’s time for change.
Global temperatures are rising, ecosystems are changing and ultimately we can’t carry on living like this. So, how can you as one individual combat climate change, help save the coral reefs and help keep our planet green and healthy?
It seems like a big ask, but it’s actually much easier than you think.
Even the small changes you make to your lifestyle can have a big impact on the environment. The more people who make these small changes, the bigger the impact we have and ultimately the better lives we can lead on our beautiful planet.
Don’t worry. You don’t need to walk everywhere, eat only plants and never buy a new piece of clothing. Changes don’t need to be THAT big to make an impact. The key is to make small changes which overall help you to live more sustainably. They will slowly become habits and you won’t forget the importance of making these changes.
Here are 10 small changes to make a big impact on the environment:
Removing makeup wipes from your beauty routine is a quick and easy change you can make. Not only do wipes cause pollution, wash up on beaches and sit in a landfill for years and years, they also aren’t great for your skin.
Try switching to an oil-based cleansing balm to remove makeup and use a cotton face cloth, which you can reuse again and again. If you really can’t live without wipes, try to opt for the biodegradable option (which still aren’t great for your skin!).
You might wonder how purchasing some more clothes can impact the environment. Whatever you’re buying, it’s created somehow and the manufacturing processes create pollution and use up valuable resources.
Let’s face it – we don’t NEED everything we buy, some things are just nice to have. So, if everyone stopped buying the things they didn’t need, less would be manufactured and less pollution and waste goes into the environment.
Did you know that after throwing your plastic toothbrush in the bin it could end up on a beach halfway across the world? Plastic pollution is becoming a bigger issue every day and by 2050 there is said to be more plastic in the ocean than fish. And there’s a lot of fish in the ocean!
Instead of picking up a new plastic toothbrush when you next need one, switch to a biodegradable bamboo toothbrush instead. The planet will thank you.
A lot of brands are upping their sustainability game by choosing different materials and methods to create their products. Supporting sustainable brands like this helps to reduce their eco-footprint as well as your own and will hopefully encourage other brands to do the same.
Huge amounts of land are used up just to rear animals for us to eat and along with this are the vast amounts of greenhouse gases also produced in the process.
Reducing the amount of meat you eat, especially beef, can help to reduce the amount of greenhouses gases released into the atmosphere and contributing to global warming. Even going meat-free for one day a week can make a huge difference!
That doesn’t mean eating leaves for an entire day either. There are so many meat-free options to choose from now, you might not even miss the meat…
Reusable cups and bottles are everywhere now! Why not pick one up for yourself and join everyone else refilling and saying no to disposable cups?
Plastic straws are another single-use item that is thrown away to end up in landfill or ultimately… the oceans, threatening the lives of marine life. Invest in a metal or glass reusable straw that you can pop in your bag and take with you on the go.
Repurposing ‘old’ items is an easy way to reduce waste and buy less. Whether you’re turning that old jumper into a vest top or turning a glass food jar into a vase, repurposing items can be fun whilst also helping the environment. You’ll also give your home/style a unique twist that no one else will have!
Someone’s trash is someone else’s treasure… you’ve heard that saying before, right? So check out the vintage stores and charity shops to pick up a bargain, donate to charity and also help the environment at the same time.
Pre-loved items aren’t always worn out, sometimes they’ve been donated because people just don’t have the space for them in their house. So grab your reusable bag and head to the second-hand store to see what you can find!
Does your TV or computer screen really need to be on standby all night? Those extra few steps to the plug socket to turn it off or unplug it completely means cutting down on electricity use for those hours whilst you sleep.
It might not seem like a lot but imagine the amount of electricity saved if everyone in your city did it… it starts with one person.
Thanks to TikTok, Mrs Hinch and various other social media influencers, cleaning has become quite popular and no longer a chore. For many people, wanting to get the shiniest worktops, cleanest floors and the nicest smelling house has become a daily task.
However, some of these different cleaning products contain harmful pollutants and other chemicals which, when washed down the drain, can harm the environment. So, take the time to do a little research and find which products are not only safe for you, but also safe for the environment whilst keeping your house super clean and smiling fresh.
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