With more and more warnings about the impact our frantic, frazzled lives are having on the environment, many of us are slowly starting to make a switch to a sustainable lifestyle.
Yet, whether you want to help the environment, ease the pressure on your monthly outgoings or teach future generations about the importance of sustainability, we can all make a difference.
If you want to make a step towards a more sustainable life, then here are just a few of our favourite ways:
Switch It Off
One of the easiest things you can do - switch off those gadgets, lights or electronic devices and conserve energy! Leaving your TV or laptop running on stand-by uses unnecessary energy. Hitting the off button is an easy way to reduce your carbon footprint - and make a dent in those energy bills! We also recommend that you invest in LED bulbs, which last a whole lot longer and are far more energy efficient.
Buy In Season
Not only does fresh, seasonal produce taste better, but it’s also cheaper to buy and doesn’t need to travel as far to reach you! Better still, why not buy your produce from a local farmer’s market or farm shop? The closer to home you buy your food, the less emissions are made with transportation.
Eco-Friendly & Chemical-Free Haircare
Wherever you can, aim to buy beauty products that are just as good for the environment as they are for you! Avoid harsh chemicals and toxic ingredients and, instead, embrace plant power.
The same applies to cleaning products, which often contain harmful chemicals which can be difficult to get rid of. Instead, shop for gentle cleaning products (you can even have a go at making your own!) and treat yourself to beauty products that are cruelty-free and free from SLS, parabens and other nasties.
A whopping 7.3 million tonnes of food goes to waste in the UK alone. Not only is this a huge waste of money, but it also harms the environment due to the amount of C02 created in landfills. Wherever you can, use up the food you already lurking in the back of your fridge before you head to the supermarket - toss together veggies for a healthy bolognese, or stew over-ripe fruits to enjoy in a crumble or over yoghurt at breakfast. If you can’t salvage your food, then aim to pop it into a composter rather than binning it.
Sadly, plastic has become a huge part of our every-day lives, yet does a lot of damage to the environment and our oceans. You can help to ease the problem by taking a reusable canvas bag to do your food shopping. As well as this, why not treat yourself to a bamboo toothbrush or comb, avoid buying bottled water (we carry our own, reusable BPA-free bottles everywhere!) and buy your fruit and veg loose, rather than in plastic.
Plant a tree
Next time you’re in the garden, why not find a spot to plant a tree? If we could all plant a new tree, we’d each do our bit to replace trees that have been removed for developments or houses. We also love planting pretty, colourful wildflowers in our garden, which attract beautiful bees - and we all know how important bees are for the environment!
We’re not suggesting that everyone suddenly goes vegan. Yet, you can work wonders for the environment just by cutting back on your meat consumption. Why not ease yourself in by ditching meat one day of the week and embracing Meat-Free Mondays? There are lots of delicious recipes you can try online - some of our favourites include lentil bolognese or chickpea and sweet potato curry.
Buy in Bulk
If your favourite products do come in plastic, then you can reduce the amount of waste by buying in bulk! Our NOAH shampoos and conditioners all come in larger sizes, which can last you for months - and help you to reduce waste.
If you have a sustainability shop close to you, then buy yourself some glass jars, pop along and restock your cupboards! You can refill spices, lentils, cereal, beans, oats, pasta and even flour, with none of the waste.
If it’s possible to walk to work, school or wherever you’re off to, then aim to do it! Not only will you get in some exercise and fresh air, but you’ll help the environment and feel better too - walking is great for our mental health! If that’s not possible, then why not take the bus, train or even car share with a work colleague?
Grow Your Own
If you’re feeling green-fingered, then set aside a patch in your garden to grow your own fruit and veggies. This is a fantastic way of cutting down your carbon footprint, and will also save you on bills! If you don’t have a garden or a large space, then you could make yourself a windowsill box full of herbs.