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Sustainable Tips – Small changes, big difference.

It’s common for modern day households to develop daily routines when it comes to food, shopping or cleaning. Packaged food, traditional cleaning products, bargain clothes… As convenient and effortless as these products seem, the majority are extremely hazardous to the environment and can have a negative impact on the planet.

Even the slightest change in your routine can help reduce waste damage, and these adaptable tips mean you don’t have to bend over backwards to start making positive adjustments.

A little goes indeed a long way; all you have to do is get started.

Recycle. Reuse. Repeat.

If you’re feeling creative, there is no limit to what you can reuse or entirely transform;

  • Cans and bottles can become plant holders, or a whole garden if you have the time.
  • Old take-out containers make for great little treat holders, you can even decorate them, fill them with baked goods and you’ve got yourself a gift idea.
  • As for your clothes, turning an old pair of jeans into shorts or an old t-shirt into a dress or tank-top, if it’s too old you could even use it as a cleaning cloth around the house.
  • Pay a visit to your local vintage store; you never know what treasures are hidden there.

When recycling, as well as separating your papers from glass, you could make sure the items are washed thoroughly. This minimizes chances of contamination and speeds up the recycling process.

Refill

Keep an eye out for refill options. Nowadays, a number of companies have made refills available for their most known products, which helps reduce plastic waste. If you cannot find a refill for a specific product, exercise your voice as customer and get in touch with the company about its importance. You’d be surprised at what you can achieve via social media.

Concentrated cleaning products

It sounds like a counter-point, but they can actually be helpful, both financially (you usually get more for less), and environmentally, as they use fewer resources. Look out for natural ingredients, such as orange or tea tree oil.

Go meat-free (at least) once a week

The benefits of reducing meat from your diet will change you. According to studies, you’re less likely to die of any cause during a 10-year period, plus you’d be doing the environment a solid! Think about giving your body a break once a week, sticking to lighter options with lots of fruits, veggies and grains. They are packed with water and vitamins to keep you hydrated and high in soluble fibre, which helps lower cholesterol. Not to mention nowadays, there are plenty of veggie options for burgers, ‘steaks’ and so on that are delicious enough to please even the more hard-to-please meat eaters!

Avoid waste

Everyone is guilty of wasteful habits at some point. Cooking too much food, leaving the lights on… These are all easy mistakes to make. Hence, the best way to tackle this problem is to policy yourself:

  • Make sure you use the correct dosages when doing laundry, dishes or cleaning.
  • If you made too much food, how about having it for lunch the next day?
  • The shower can be a great place to think, but consciously reducing your showers by 5 minutes every day would, eventually, make a huge difference.
  • Be creative! Got a fridge full of carrots or onions? The internet is full of recipes and ideas, no matter what ingredients you have left over.

Homemade alternatives

Remember those tips that your mum or grandma have repeated tirelessly throughout the years? If you’re not already doing so, you might want to give them a chance.

  • Because of its chemicals, stain removers are highly toxic for the environment. Mixing apple cider vinegar, bicarbonate of soda and warm water makes an excellent homemade version.
  • Aloe Vera works a treat for mild burns; you can find the plant at any flower store.
  • Have you tried olive oil as eye make-up remover? Yes, even waterproof. Apply it gently with a cotton pad and remember less is more!
  • Coconut oil is the name of the hour, but justifiably so. Other than cooking, it can be used as an effective body moisturizer, or even as a massage oil. If your hair is feeling very dry, try adding a couple of drops to your conditioner when showering.