Sustainable Living - More Than Just Plastic Free
Living a more sustainable life isn't just about buying more environmentally friendly products (although that's also really important!) Living sustainably is also about making lifestyle changes. We've set out below some of our top tips for living more sustainable lives.
Buy Less Stuff
How many things do you have lying around your home that you don’t actually use? Be honest with yourself. We are all guilty of impulse buying something that seemed like a great idea at the time, but ends up lying at the back of a cupboard unused, or hanging in the wardrobe with the labels still attached.
Society today is all about consumerism and we are faced with a constant barrage of information telling us to buy the latest products to make our lives better. It’s important to remember that every purchase we make uses up valuable natural resources, resources that may be better spent on something we actually need, not just want. It can be hard to buck the trend, but next time you’re buying something, take a minute to stop and think whether you really need it. If you’re not sure, leave it a week or two. If you still want the product after that time then go ahead and get it, but you may well find that more often than not you decide you don’t really need it.
Did you know it takes approximately 1,800 gallons of water to make one pair of jeans? That’s enough to fill 45 bathtubs right to the top! Multiple that by the number of jeans you personally own and you can see why the fashion industry is one of the worst culprits for harming the environment. By buying second hand, recycled or sustainably sourced clothes you can make a huge difference to your environmental impact.
Charity shops can be a treasure trove of goodies waiting to be found. Buying from charity shops gives charities a much needed boost and it’s fantastic value for you, so everyone wins.
We appreciate that second hand isn’t for everyone and there are loads of fantastic brands that sell brand new clothing made from either recycled or more sustainably sourced materials that use far fewer natural resources. Whilst these brands may be more expensive than your average high street shop, the quality of the clothes are incredible so they’re bound to last you much longer and save you money in the long run. Our favourites are Mud Jeans, who use recycled and organic cotton and create a circular system by encouraging customers to return their jeans when they’re done with them.
Whilst we are certainly not qualified to advise on where best to put your money, we would recommend taking a look at the institutions you bank with to see where they put your money. The age old saying, money makes the world go around has never been truer than today. Companies rely on banks and financial institutions investing in them in order to fund growth and generate profits. If you as a consumer start demanding that your money only be invested in ethical or sustainable companies, the big banks will have to take notice and shift where they make their investments. This in turn will lead to companies focusing more on sustainable practices to ensure they still get that vital investment they need.
Make some noise with your local bank, ask the questions they don’t want you to ask about what they really do with your money. By demanding more from your financial institutions you really can make a huge difference in the world.