Living a more sustainable existence right now is a paradox. Most towns and cities in the UK have a kerb collection of recyclables. Some shops have introduced clothing recycling in-store. The stigma of wearing clothing for longer isn’t as bad as in the 80s and 90s. Second-hand has been rebranded vintage!
Despite that, it’s becoming more complicated for the average person to know what to do ethically. Here are a few tips to follow that anyone can use to help cut down on their carbon footprint without being overwhelmed.
18 Tips for Sustainable Living
- Where possible, go on foot, cycle or public transport.
- When you can’t compost food scraps when you’re out, take them home & add them to your compost.
- Wash your clothes only when necessary.
- If you can’t repair it, recycle it.
- If you can’t avoid packaging, look for PET or HDPE.
- Wash out containers before recycling. When recycling is tainted it goes straight into a landfill.
- Change to greener energy suppliers
- Where possible, shop on sites that use eco hosting companies or shop in-store. You’re less likely to return what you’ve tried on.
- When you order online, avoid same-day delivery when you can. The vehicles moving those items tend to have fewer items on them.
- When you can, grow your own.
- Use apps to cut down on food waste. Olio, To good to waste and Sharewaste are a few you can try.
- Try buying more vintage and secondhand clothing.
- If you need something new, try buying clothing that is something you’ll wear numerous times.
- If you can, when buying new clothes, make sure they’re either made on-demand or custom-made.
- Think really carefully about buying anything denim. Producing this material is incredibly resource-intensive.
- Try buying clothes made with Lyocell, hemp, organic cotton, soy silk, Pinatex or recycled polyester.
- Avoid throwing clothing in the bin. It ends up in a landfill. Use clothing recycling collection points or companies like the ReGain app.
- It’s only a bargain if it’s something you’d use. Just because it’s cheap doesn’t mean you should buy it!