COVID is a concern on everybody’s minds these days. However, we shouldn’t allow our anxieties around the virus to take any of our attention away from being more eco-conscious and maximising sustainability. Issues such as pollution and global warming are still as important as ever! With that in mind, here is a quick and straight-to-the-point guide on how to effectively start reducing your carbon footprint.
Did you know that the carbon footprint of a vegetarian is about half that of a meat lover? This is why it makes such a difference to reduce the amount of meat in your diet, even if it is just by one day a week. The great news is that by cutting down on animal-based protein, you will save plenty of cash on your grocery bill in the process, too!
Be school supply savvy
From pens and space cases to plastic folders and more, a lot of our essential school supplies are made out of plastic. Unfortunately, plastic waste and the production of plastic goods is contributing to the degradation of our planet. Plastic waste winds up in our oceans, while plastic production consumes high amounts of fossil fuels.
Avoid playing a part in this problem by opting for eco-friendly school supplies, such as biodegradable pens and cotton-based pencil bags.
Repurpose your old clothing
When your clothes become faded and worn out, your first instinct will be to chuck them in the bin – but don’t! With a bit of time and creativity, you can repurpose your old clothing to make new fashion favourites or other useful items for the home. For instance, a tattered old pair of jeans could become a fancy new pair of shorts, or a tired button-down shirt could become a stylish off-the-shoulder blouse.
Browse Pinterest for ideas on other ways in which to repurpose your clothing, such as to make plant hangers or crochet bathroom mats!
This is especially important when it comes to everyday products, such as toiletries. Most local suppliers of natural products also place an emphasis on reducing packaging. You and the earth benefit from the elimination of harmful chemicals and you help to reduce waste.
Being more eco-conscious is all about making small changes to your lifestyle. Every small change contributes to making a much bigger difference, after all!