I care about the environment. I mean really care.
When I see a wind farm or fields of solar panels I feel hopeful and inspired that we are moving towards a more sustainable way of living.
Recycling is not a chore for me, it’s a way of life and I am secretly excited when our family of 4 humans and 2 cats produce less than half a bag of rubbish a week.
But like most, I am short for time and am attracted to any convenience that is going to make my life easier. So I appreciate that whilst we are all doing the best we can, sometimes it just feels like extra work.
If you are reading this and thinking ‘I care but…’ here are 4 easy swaps you might want to try at home. They won’t take any more time, I promise!
Fruit and Veg
Food packaging is so ridiculously unnecessary. In the UK alone, British supermarkets create 800,000 tonne of plastic packaging waste every year. And none of the leading supermarkets agreed to a government-led incentive to set up plastic-free aisles.
So why not swap to an organic food delivery services such as Abel and Cole or Riverford. They deliver fruit and vegetable boxes, plus other produce, direct to your door and the cardboard box is returned to the company to be reused. Plus, all produce is seasonal and organic – another big environmental tick.
I hate food waste – it’s one of my pet hates – and I am always on the lookout for the best ideas for storing left overs.
So I was really excited to receive reusable beeswax food wrap. The wraps are a non-toxic alternative to plastic wrap, made from 100% organic cotton and infused with organic beeswax. I am pleased to report that I found the beeswax wrap the best option for keeping food fresh for days on end.
Every year in the UK 260 million plastic toothbrushes end up in landfill which take hundreds of years to break down.
The Humble Toothbrush Company make bamboo toothbrushes which feel really nice in your hand and in your mouth. Humble also fund oral-care projects in vulnerable communities all around the world. Eco-friendly and socially responsible – what’s not to love?
Coffee pod machines are clean, easy to use, quick and make damn good coffee. But did you know that the pods are not recyclable. They end up in landfill, take up to 500 years to break down. And most worringly, 55 million pods are thrown away every day!
Why not switch to real coffee using a plunger or a percolator – the coffee tastes just as good and you have the choice of selecting fair trade and organic too.
I would love to hear what ideas you have to share with me.