The following is a collection of small changes that anybody can do and if enough people stick to it, they can make a big difference.
Use a reusable coffee cup – These are available to buy from pretty much everywhere and vary in price and style. I have a bamboo cup which I think is quite a popular type. This is a great way to cut out the need for plastic cups from coffee shops and in many places, it can help you save money. In Starbucks, for example, you can save 20p on your drink by using a reusable cup and you can also dodge the 5p charge of using one of their cups. This is a super easy change to make. They also make nice gifts, if you’re trying to encourage others to be eco friendly too.
Say NO to plastic – Always say no if you are offered plastic straws or cutlery. If you generally use these things, you can find alternatives that are reusable like metal straws or bamboo cutlery sets. You can find these in stores or online at Amazon and you can take them with you on the go. More frequently, cafes and takeway food stops are beginning to use wooden cutlery and offer paper straws which is great but unfortunately this hasn’t caught on to everyone yet so it’s best to be prepared.
Get a reusable bag…and use it! – The best reusable bags you can get are fabric tote bags. These last longer than bags for life and stops you from adding to the demand for plastic reusable bags because far too often people buy them on a regular basis which kind of defeats the object. Get a couple of tote bags and have one at home and one in the car etc. to make sure you always have one to hand.
Use soap bars – Instead of using bottled shampoos, conditioners, shower gels and whatever else, use soap bars that are wrapped in paper or come loose. This is a super simple change and you don’t have to give anything up. My favourite soap bars are from The Body Shop because they’re super creamy and soft on your skin, especially the shea and cocounut ones. For shampoo and conditioner, I love the bars from Lush. Out of the ones I’ve tried, these lather up the most and still leave my hair feeling and smelling great. Also, bars of soap last so long which is an added bonus.
Ditch the plastic toothbrush! – People generally purchase new plastic toothbrushes every couple of months and so this is a huge contributer to plastic waste. Bamboo toothbrushes do the job no problem and are now becomming more accesible as they pop up in a few stores like Tesco and Superdrug. I have used bamboo toothbrushes in the past and have been happy with them. Unfortunately, you have to be prepared to pay more for these toothbrushes but if you can afford to make the change, you should.
Buy from the milk man – Visit Milk & More’s website to find your nearest milkman and on what days they deliver. You can order milk in glass bottles straight to the doorstep which means cutting out the plastic (…and the effort!). These same milk bottles can be collected when empty and reused. The milkmen also travel in electric vehicles making them eco friendly all the way. You can order fruit, vegetables, bread, eggs and more all through the milkman. The order process is easy and the payment is taken each week in advance by direct debit.
Get inspired – Do your research, find out what you’re passionate about and be inspired! There are social media accounts on all platforms that talk about today’s issues with the oceans and climate change etc. and also so many activists representing huge groups of people who want change. Become a part of that community and share and receive ideas and advice.
Support and encourage others – Encourage the people in your life to change their bad habits for the better. Show them how easy changes can be made and what a great impact they can have by sharing what you’ve learnt. It is important to support people who are trying to make any change, big or small and nobody should be put down if they are doing all they can.
Thank you for reading this blog post, hopefully you found it useful! I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas so let me know in the comments.