The connotations of being ‘eco friendly’ are still a bit ‘hippy’ but at the end of the day, we have one planet which includes air, resources and other things that we need to survive.
So basically, if you care about living then you should probably care more about the planet!
Never fear, here is my handy list to help you on your way to an environmental epiphany!
Feel free to add your own tips in the comments.
1 Buy second hand
Clothes, shoes, furniture… The most eco friendly way to consume is to buy second hand. Cutting down the consuming is good too!
2 Eat less meat and dairy (or give it up completely!)
Producing meat and dairy is hard on the environment due to that amount of water and resources it takes to go from livestock to your plate. Add more fruit, veg and whole grains to your meals to go easy on the environmental impact. If you want to know more about a plant based diet, see this post.
Try to avoid buying throwaway plastic and recycle everything you can. Glass, tins, paper and cardboard can definitely be recycled as well as clothes, shoes and household items which can be donated rather than trashed! Get on the recycle wagon and create less waste.
4 Swap chemicals for natural alternatives
Most cleaning products and cosmetics are filled with harsh chemicals that aren’t at all friendly for the planet. Research natural alternatives! I did a post about all the uses for baking soda but tea tree oil, coconut oil and white vinegar also have many uses.
There are so many other benefits to this as well, the most important ones (to me) being that they cost less and are better for your own health.
Ditch the car, create less pollution and get your day’s cardio all in one blast! It’s easy to get in the habit of driving everywhere, even to the corner shop. Break out and get those legs working.
I just got a car due to business commitments but I’m determined to only use it when I really need to; I’m totally used to walking everywhere so hopefully it won’t be too difficult!
How environmentally aware do you think you are?
What do you do to curb your carbon footprint?
I am by no means an expert so please share any interesting info or tips you have in the comments!