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12 Sustainability Tips

8 November 2022 | 4 Min Read

With the new year just around the corner, for many of us, this brings an opportunity to carry new habits into the new year. Many of us struggle to keep such commitments long-term. We believe that making small impactful changes over time can help us to stick to new goals. Take a look at this guide for the secrets of people who keep their new year's resolutions.

 

Today we are providing a list of small easy-to-action changes that can make a big impact on both your life and the planet. Hopefully, some of these suggestions are already unconscious habits you've developed over time. 

 

Read on to learn more about some of our favourite and easy-to-incorporate tips for living more sustainably.

 

1. Skip Bottled Water / Drink Tap Water

17 million barrels of oil are required per year to sustain America's demand for bottled water. This contributes to and causes additional pollution problems worldwide. We recommend that instead of spending money on bottled water, purchase a nice reusable bottle and drink plain old tap water instead.

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In general bottled water is no cleaner or healthier than regular tap water. In fact, our governments put a lot more money into safety testing tap water on a frequent basis. 

2.  Adjust Your Driving Habits

The way you drive can have a huge impact on the fuel efficiency of your vehicle. Simple things like maintaining the correct tyre pressure, or avoiding harsh breaking can make a big difference over a longer distance. Though of course, where possible we recommend sticking to a physical form of transport to help you keep healthy and save the planet at the same time.

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3. Rethink Your Waste

This one is quite simple, we've all heard the phrase ‘your trash is someone else’s treasure' right? Well, it's true! You may even be able to repurpose waste into something useful for yourself. For example, old takeaway tubs are great to keep and reuse for lunches or general meal prep (don't forget to clean them first though). 

 

Or perhaps you have some old jeans with a rip in them, before throwing them out (always use clothes banks) think about whether you can fix or repurpose them into something else, a pair of cut-off denim shorts maybe?

4. Buy Second Hand 

This one is great and can save you hundreds, even in the short term! There are certain things that we simply cannot get away from buying new. However, lots of things can easily be purchased second-hand to help save the plant and your wallet at the same time. Take a look at some suggestions:

 

  • Music instruments 
  • Clothes
  • Smart Phones
  • Cars
  • Game Consoles
  • Books
  • Electronics
  • Watches

 

5. Switch To A Slow Fashion Mindset

Fast fashion companies create more pollution than international shipping and aviation, combined! Many people don't realise the damage that fast fashion trends are having on our environment. It's estimated that 60% of clothes in the fast fashion industry and made with plastic materials. 

 

Take a stance and switch to slow fashion instead.

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6. Unplug Electronics

Obviously, we all have some appliances around the house that should not be unplugged from the mains, such as fridge freezers and internet routers etc. However, many devices such as TVs or game consoles will benefit from being unplugged when not in use. Games consoles contribute to household bills in excess of £230 million per year. 

 

7. Change Out Your Bulbs

Switching to eco-friendly LED bulbs can make a big impact on your electricity bills throughout the year. LED bulbs are said to be up to 90% more energy-efficient compared to traditional bulbs.

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8. Ditch the single-use batteries

Single-use batteries are terrible for the environment, they contain harmful toxic materials that damage our environment. Instead, we suggest investing in some good rechargeable batteries. This also has the added benefit of saving you money over time. If however, you do stick to traditional single-use batteries or are looking to get rid of existing ones, please use battery banks found in supermarkets to dispose of.

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9. Look For Refurbished Electronics

Many electronic items can be found at discount prices. The likes of eBay and Facebook marketplace are great for finding discount deals on second-hand and refurbished electronics. In general, many people upgrade their existing and perfectly functioning electronics in aid of the new model and then list them online for someone like you to collect at a great price. 

 

If you're looking for a new Apple device, it's worth checking their own refurbished centre for discounted products. 

What does refurbished mean?

Refurbished means that a product has been returned due to a technical fault and then professionally repaired and relisted at a cheaper price. Many people believe that refurbished goods are of lower quality, this however is not the case, especially when coming from the likes of Apple directly.

10. Showers Over Baths

Skip the baths and just shower instead! Showers are much better for our environment. The average shower uses far less water than running an entire bathtub full of water. A 5-minute shower uses roughly 40 litres of water, compared to an 80-litre bath. That's also a considerable cost saving over time.

 

11. Use An Eco-Friendly Search Engine

Switching to an eco-friendly search engine such as Ecosia can help make a big impact over time. Remember, It's all these small changes that help to make a big change. Searching with Ecosia is great as the more you use it the more trees they'll plant. Want to learn more or get started? Take a look at our article listed below for more information.

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12. Grow Your Produce

The transportation of produce to supermarkets can equate to a large number of miles, adding to our global carbon footprint. By growing your food you are helping to cut back on this demand and in turn helping the environment. Take a look at some other benefits of growing your produce: 

 

  • Less plastic waste - No need for plastic wrap found in most supermarkets.
  • Less food waste - Only grow and harvest what you need, excess can be used for compost. 
  • Reduced carbon footprint - No need for the transportation of food.
  • Reduced use of pesticides - pesticides are used to control fungal diseases and animals. A reduced need for pesticides is required at home.
  • Better quality - Homegrown produce is often of better quality, which means better-tasting food!

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