Every day we hear about impending environmental disasters caused by human hands. Huge amounts of plastic floating in our oceans. Forest fires destroying habitats. Icebergs melting away. To say it can be overwhelming is an understatement!
Relax. Breathe. Let’s take things one step at a time, and start with the small lifestyle changes we can all make that will help make a big difference.
Here are our top five tips for green living that anyone can start doing right now.
1. Switch to reusable and sustainably sourced cleaning products
We don’t realise when using our kitchen sponges how much bacteria builds up on them. Because of this, it’s recommended that they should be thrown away every two weeks.
However, as you can imagine, this has a HUGE impact on the environment. Not only that, but they are made from synthetic fibres that aren't biodegradable.
Switching to sustainably sourced cleaning products that are reusable and antibacterial is a great first step. Not only will you help the planet, but you’ll also save some pennies further down the line.
2. Invest in fabric shopping bags rather than plastic
Yes, the 5p charge for a plastic bag is great, but have you noticed how many you actually go through? They rip easily, they start to smell when things leak in them, and they’re about as ‘reusable’ as a loaf of bread.
Purchasing material shopper bags is a great way to make a small change. Note only are they machine washable, but they’re also much stronger.
To go one step further, look out for sustainably sourced shopper bags. Our shopper bags are actually made from recycled plastic bottles, and they look and feel like cotton. So as well as being nice and strong, they help divert plastic from landfill. Win-win!
3. Switch to glass storage jars for pantry essentials
Glass is more hygienic than plastic, as the non-porous surface doesn’t stain, absorb odours or harbour germs. Switch to glass jars for food storage, and you wash, reuse and refill with confidence (as well as helping keep plastic from landfill). Not only are they great for organising and storing dry goods, but they are also perfect for storing leftovers in the fridge.
Cling film has a huge impact on our waterways and oceans as it is difficult to recycle. Marine animals mistake it for jellyfish and end up choking on it - just like how plastic bags are damaging animals as well as the environment.
Finding a biodegradable / reusable alternative will help reduce this impact, and will also look a lot prettier than cling film.
5. Start the conversation
When you are with friends and family, tell them about how these small changes can really start to make a difference. The more we talk about it, the more people will become aware, which brings a greater chance of change..
Be part of the conversation, and start making changes today. And don’t forget to let us know how you are getting on tagging us #ByNaturalElements
Written by Amy Gwynn
Natural Elements Brand Manager