5 Tips To Create A More Sustainable Lifestyle
Sometimes the 'S' word can be a little bit frightening, and aiming for a sustainable lifestyle can seem a bit unreachable. I often hear stories of people who are able to keep every bit of their rubbish because of their waste free lifestyles (read this inspiring story) and know I will never be able to match that. Comparing yourself to others isn't the point, or exactly helpful. The point is to reduce harm, not achieve perfection.
By making these small changes in your day to day life, can really help to reduce your waste and can positively impact your lifestyle. Here are a few tips to help you create a more sustainable lifestyle.
1. Stop using plastic bags in the fruit and veg section of the supermarket. Food packaging results in huge amount of waste, and as if this wasn't enough we are also provided with plastic bags in the fruit and veg section to put our green goods in. A lot of fruit and veg have skins and therefore don't need another layer of protection, and on the occasion you do need a bag (if you're buying 10 limes for example) then bring one of these reusable bags instead.
2. Recycle your old clothes. If your wardrobe is looking a bit worst for wear, and your clothes are even past the point of being thrown into your local charity bin cut them up into rags and use them to clean your shower or oven instead. Once done, give them a wash and they'll be ready to use again. Nice!
3. Replace plastic cling wrap with beeswax wraps. Cling wrap is super handy, not going to lie, but it's also super bad for the environment, especially when we whip it out for just about everything! A great alternative are beeswax wraps, which not only do the job of keeping your food fresh but look nicer, smell like honey and are way less fiddly and frustrating to use!
4. Knit up some dishcloths. These handknitted dishcloths are very handy and a more sustainable option to the cheap, single-use store-bought cloths. The beauty of these cute dishcloths, aside from the sense of pride you'll feel for making something useful, is that once they are dirty just pop them into the wash and they're ready to use again.
5. Start a compost. This is a small change I've been wanting to make for a while now, I grew up giving food scraps to chickens, however, as I'm renting I can't have any chickens of my own and at the moment all of my food scraps go straight into the bin, something I'd love to change. Do you use a compost? Please let me know if you have any helpful advice on starting one.
I hope these tips help you feel a bit more comfortable with the 'S' word, and show you that simple changes make a big impact for the better!