I’ve definitely started to be more aware of the negative impact we can have on our environment- even subconsciously. The little things we do without thinking such as not recycling or getting wrapped up in fast fashion is increasingly harming our planet.
There are a few things that I have decided to make an effort to change and I will try my best to uphold this throughout the year. I’ve chosen two to write about below.
Something I am extremely guilty of is creating food waste. Portion control isn’t my area of expertise and I often end up with leftovers which are left to rot or go bad in the fridge. Being more aware of what I buy in a supermarket means that I can reduce waste as well as save money. I raid items for the longest dates and make sure that I don’t overbuy fresh food if I know I won’t eat it all.
An app I’ve recently discovered called TooGoodToGo helps to combat food waste from various food outlets such as restaurants, cafes and hotel kitchens in your local area. It’s free to sign up and for £2–3 you can purchase a ‘magic box’ of leftovers that otherwise would be thrown out. I’m yet to try it but will review it once I do.
Plastic is everywhere and sometimes it’s useful- especially if re-useable for a number of years. However, plastic can also have a short life and if it’s not recycled, it could end up in landfill for even longer, putting animals at risk. Having a one-year old son means that he is often gifted toys, a lot of them and they are usually always plastic. For Christmas, I asked for wooden toys. Not only will they last much longer (even years in my mum’s case) but they also look lovely too. As a bonus, they are organic, non-toxic and naturally antibacterial. Therefore, you can say goodbye to substances like BPA and PVC that could be harmful.
Just by making two small changes, I am reducing my own waste and doing something positive to help a bigger cause.