3 Easy Changes To Reduce Your Impact On The World
There’s no getting away from it: we are a society built around convenience. Whilst convenience helps us get things done more quickly, it does cost us in terms of our environment. Think about that single-use plastic bottle, for instance. Picking one up saves us from having to wash out and fill a reusable bottle which we have to then carry around all day - but at what cost? If that bottle isn't recycled properly (which so many aren't) it will just be added to the monumental piles of landfill that are already a blight upon our environment. Reusable bottles are one step in the right direction. Here are some other easy changes you can make today to reduce your impact on the world:
Plastic bags from the supermarket can take up to 1,000 years to breakdown, meaning they’ll still be hanging around in landfill far beyond their original owners’ lifetimes. Many recycling centres won't take plastic bags because they cost more to recycle than they are worth, and they are also to blame for the deaths of many wild animals each year (especially if they find their way into the ocean). As they decompose they also release toxins into our soil and water. As a society, we desperately need to cut our use of single-use plastic bags immediately. Using your own bags is actually easier than you think: just keep a supply of them in the car, ready and waiting for the next big grocery shop (just remember to take them with you when you head into the supermarket!). You could also keep some smaller, foldable bags in your handbag - ready to use at a moment’s notice if you purchase something on the go. Why not do your research and find other ways to cut your plastic use while you’re at it?
1. Purchase your own reusable bags
2. Think about where you shop
One easy way to reduce your impact on the world is to let your shopping choices do some of the hard work for you. Many brands out there are now recognising that shoppers want to be able to shop more ethically and tackle the big issues that affect our society. Debenhams, for example, are working hard to become a responsible retailer. Their focus on recycling helped them to divert 97% of their waste from landfill in 2018, and they are also against animal testing and the use of animal furs or feathers. Supporting initiatives like these makes it easier for you to shop ethically and it also sends a message to other brands; letting them know that they could be left behind if they continue with their unethical business models.
Why not have a go at making your own cleaning products? Homemade cleaning products containing natural ingredients are so much better for you and for the environment. Making your own is also an easy way to use less plastic because you can use your own reusable bottles. You can even buy glass bottles, if you wish, and eliminate plastic entirely from your cleaning regime. It might take some time to get used to, and you might have to start off slowly rather than jump right in, but we guarantee that once you get going, you will love the effectiveness of these cleaners. Plus, once you do get used to making your own you will find it a lot cheaper than relying on products from the store.