10 Material Switches to LVL up in Sustainability

From wildfires, dramatic change in weather, droughts happening all over the world, we are feeling the weight of living unsustainably. Here are a few switches you can make to reduce your carbon footprint in your day-to-day life.

Switch out…

…Plastic bottle with glass bottle
One of the easiest ways to reduce your footprint 
is to get a water bottle and fill it with filtered water. Living in the UK, we are privileged to have perfectly good drinking water running out of your taps. There are even bottles you can invest in that will filter your water for you, an upfront cost that will save you money in the long run. For those who don’t like tap water, a tip is to chill your water on the fridge which tricks your brain into thinking it is fresh water.

…Disposable cardboard cups with metal thermos
Bring a metal thermos to coffee shops to reduce your cardboard, on another note you can make your coffee/ tea at home and take it with your in a metal thermos, not only will this save you money in the long run, it will keep your coffee warmer for longer. Also when it comes to tea, bring your own larger container guarantees you get more out of your tea bags.

…Plastic straws with metal straws
Plastic straws are the worse, think about all the plastic going into the sea and having animals choking on them, this is a reality for many creatures as they

…Plastic film wrap with plastic covers
Not only are plastic film finicky in addition to not being reusable. Using reusable plastic is not only easy to use but also creates a suction that will keep your food fresh and as long as possible.

…Paper towels with kitchen clothes
Reserve kitchen towels exclusively for blotting off oil from food only and use kitchen clothes instead, this reduces your waste.

…Plastic bags with a cotton bag
The majority of people in the UK is already doing this since 2015 when the carrier bag legislation passed back in 2015, keeping a cotton bag wherever you go is a key way to not get charge whilst saving the planet.

…Pads/ tampons with the cup

This one is to all the girlies our there, instead of using sanitary pads/ tampons, try and using the cup, which is made up of a body-safe plastic and can be reused. This product is around £20 and can save you money in the long run, this is also safer to use than tampons as that can lead to toxic shock syndrome.

…Plastic bottle of soap with bars of soap

A bar of soaps can last for way longer than body wash and can reduce the amount of plastic bottle you use.

…Plastic toothbrushes with bamboo toothbrushes

The next time you switch out your toothbrush, try purchasing a bamboo toothbrush instead, you can get 4 for the low cost of £8.

…Plastic hand wash bottle with refillable ones.
Keeping your cut down your plastic use by 30% and also save you money as these refillable packets would typically gives you an extra refill for a the same cost.

Following these tip will not ensure that you are doing your part for the environment but you also save money too, it’s a win-win situation. As consumers, start looking at your hard earn money as a vote, a higher demand on sustainable products will lead to a trend in companies becoming environmentally conscious, which will have a major impact on the environment.

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