Are you looking to be kinder on the environment and not sure where to start? You’re not the only one! The reason I started Banish was to help educate people on how they can make changes in their everyday life. I believe that if we all make small changes we can make a big difference. And the best bit is you can start today, because there’s no better time to start than now, right?
1/ Say No
50% of the plastic we use is only used once and thrown away. It’s time to break up with single-use plastic and look for something more long term. If you started using a reusable options, the average person would save the following in just one week:
Using a reusable coffee cup = saves 7-10 single-use coffee cups from landfill
Using a water bottle = saves 5 plastic bottles
Using a tote bag = saves 2 plastic bags
Using reusable cutlery = saves 3 sets of plastic cutlery sets
2/ Veg out
Going plant-based for just one meal a day will make an astronomical difference on your carbon footprint. If everyone in the world followed a predominantly plant-based diet 5 billion football fields of land could be restored to forest.
3/ On foot
Green up your travels and try walking or catching public transport rather than driving. Yes, it will probably take you longer but use this time to call a friend or listen to your favourite podcast.
4/ Use it up
Use what you’ve got before buying new. This goes for everything from your groceries, to your cosmetics and even your wardrobe! You’ll be surprised at how much you already have and how far you can stretch it. Repair a hole in a t-shirt before buying a new one, make a pasta medley with all of the odd varieties you have in the pantry and get to the bottom of your shampoo before restocking your supplies.
5/ Shop mindfully
When you are ready to buy new shop mindfully for products that come from ethical companies, have less packaging and less nasties. Do your research into a company before making a purchase and don’t be afraid to ask them where their products come from and who made them. Some nasty ingredients to avoid are parabens and chemical fragrances in cosmetics and palm-oil in food.
In all of this I cannot stress enough, that you can’t be too hard on yourself. You will probably mess up, we all do and it isn’t easy, if it were there’d be no need for this article! Just think that the changes you have made are making an impact and keep going!
Lottie Dalziel is a sustainability expert and the founder of Banish, an online store and education platform that helps people reduce their waste. She has also just launched her new Waste Less Workbook - A hands-on guide to help you make sustainable choices around the house. Use the code TANYA10 for 10% off your next orders.