new to eco?
feeling bit overwhelmed where to start? these are just a few simple tips to help you along the way.
1. start small
that one thing you purchase regularly...is it as eco as you think?
most plastics take anywhere from tens to thousands of years to biodegrade. what's worse, is around a huge number of plastics still end up in landfill either from being thrown in the wrong bin or the plastic not being recycleable material. so if you're the kind of person that buys a regular coffee, just think how many plastic lids you throw away. switching to an aco-alternative will make a huge impact of the years. if you do find yourself with a disposable in your hand, make sure you seperate the cup from the lid into the correct recycle bins.
other small starter steps are switching out your toothbrush and water bottles to non-plastic alternatives.
2. get curious
go look at how many plastic bottles you have in your house. they could be in the kitchen holding the food and condiments and juices, or your cleaning supplies, make-up......now ask yourself honestly.....do you actually recycle all of these? do you wash them before you recycle? do you seperate the lids from the bottles? do you know 1/3 of them are likely to end up in landfill?
try challenge yourself, the next time you want a drink from the shop - do they have a glass bottle alternative?
3. re-use. re-purpose. reduce
you don't have to be creative or go out and buy matching mason jars. reuse and repurpose containers you have. it could be glass jars, it could be your plastic containers that still have a shelf life. this is all about reducing your consumption of plastic and therefore the demand for suppliers to make it.
the journey to reducing your plastic doesn't mean you start running around throwing everything away and purchasing everything new and eco. it means that you go on a journey to stop purchasing plastic from now on. and any plastic you already have should be kept and repurposed if possible until it's no longer useable.
money saving tip - try making your own cleaning and beauty products and reusing the existing bottles. and you'll be surprised how easy oat-milk is to make. finding a local bulk food shop where you can fill your own containers is not only cheaper, but also reduces the containers you have to throw away every week.
4. don't leave your litter
its so important you dispose of your litter sustainably. that means at the beach too. plastic bags, bottle and other nasties are killing animals. it's inhumane to make an animal suffer at any time. particularly when it's just down to laziness. and if you are a smoker, don't hide your cig butts a few inches under the sand - they'll end up in the sea.
follow this simple rule: if you brought the litter or find some, take it with you. if it something natural from the landscape, leave it there, it doesn't belong with you.