"BE THE BEST YOU CAN BE"
What's not to love about helping others & helping yourself along the way? Nothing!
Now I know you're probably fed up of hearing about sustainability & being eco-friendly. I know it is the number one blog post at the moment, but trust me it's because it's important.
I thought I would give you another post to read & let you guys in on my fave ways to try to feel like a great person each day, by attempting to do my part to save the planet. I say that with the word 'attempt' as the emphasis, solely because there's so much you can do.
Now I'm really not claiming to be perfect what so ever, but at least I'm trying. That's all we can do right? Try out very best over & over again. I'm not saying all this to put a downer on you, I'm saying it to try & help you be the best you can be. I know I feel like a great person when I'm trying to make a difference, so why not give it a go hey? You never know, you might feel great, & there might even be some positive outcomes from it.
10 Ways to Be More Eco-Friendly
My Top Tips
1 - Keep Cup / Active Bottle
This is my one & only rant, I promise...
Working in a cafe in Melbourne (the coffee capital), this is the number one thing that literally drives me insane. On a daily basis, I see people come into the cafe & ask for their coffee in a takeaway cup, even though they are sitting in. WHY OH WHY!?! I'll tell you why. It is because they think it will keep it slightly hotter for longer. They then ask for extra hot coffee, & then to send me completely over the edge they will ask for this takeaway cup to be double cupped...YES, you heard me right! DOUBLE CUPPED! Can you imagine my frustration? At this stage, I kindly reply with a no & that we are trying to help save the environment, not ruin it furthermore.
Well, next time you want you double cupped, extra hot, skinny, soy, frothless, matcha latte just think about this...
Did you know that 50,000 coffee cups which is equivalent to a whole tram full are binned every 30mins? That's over 3 Billion in Australia alone! These ALL go into landfills. Yes, some coffee cups are recyclable, but many of them have a polystyrene lining. There currently isn't a separation between the biodegradable & the non-bio degradable coffee cups, meaning they will all end up in landfills. People are just assuming they are all recyclable (which they are not) & throwing them all into recycling.
So just to make life a tad easier for everybody, & a much better place. Keep Cups (https://au.keepcup.com/?country=Australia#) have been invented, & they are fricking awesome.
They come in all shapes, sizes & even colours, so you can still look super trendy & match your cup with your outfit of the day. What's not to love? Oh did I mention there's even an amazing website where you can search for Responsible Cafes (https://www.responsiblecafes.org) near you, & they give you discount if you bring your own cup? Now you're technically making money! It really is time to move with the times.
If you want to find out more on this & what you can do to help, head over & watch War On Waste.
2 - Be aware of where the clothes you buy come from
Fast fashion is something that is really environmentally damaging & is becoming more of an issue on a daily basis. It's not only damaging the climate but it's also affecting peoples lives.
Check out my recent post - Sweat Around the World | The Eco-Friendly Way, if you want to find out more about this. It's definitely a topic a lot of us are unaware about, I know I was.
Don't worry though, there are things you can do to help make a difference & there's even an app to help you: Good On You (https://goodonyou.eco). There is literally an app for everything these days, but this is one of the good ones that are making a difference to the world.
3 - Mooncups (WE LOVE THIS)
Now if you haven't heard of a mooncup before, you will be thanking me. I first heard about moon cups 2/3 years ago now. I was doing research on traveling & things I needed for my worldwide trip & came across these little life savers.
They save money, they are convenient, they are so much better for the environment by significantly reducing waste, they are better for you & they last for years. Plus they come in pretty colours & cute little silk bags. Can you tell I'm a sucker for cute things?
Jake Cullen | @amermanstale (https://www.instagram.com/
4 - Compost Heaps
You'll have the prettiest garden by summer time.
All you have to do is put all your old veggies, fruit skins/stones, egg shells, (basically all of the natural food wrappers) into one bin & bingo you have the perfect concoction for growing pretty flowers & more veggies in summer = free food!
5 - Walk / Cycle / Skate / Rollerblade / Scooter
There are so many alternatives to driving these days, + you'll get fitter & feel way better for it, I promise. Even getting public transport is more eco-friendly than each & every one of us driving to work individually. Of course, there's even a website for car sharing. Life Share is an awesome way for getting somewhere without your own car or if you just want some company. Hey, & who knows you might even make some new friends along the way.
6 - Go Plastic Free when buying Fruit + Veg
Why on earth we feel the need to cover all our fruit & vegetables in plastic when they already naturally have a protective coat, who knows. This is something I have only recently become conscious about every time I go to the supermarket. Thanks to companies like A Plastic Planet whose sole aim is to get plastic free isles in supermarkets, more & more people are becoming aware of this issue. We are becoming aware of how much plastic we actually do consume even in just a day. My top tip here is the more you can shop at farmers markets & fruit & veg shops the better. If that isn't a possibility the whole time then head straight for the plastic free fruit. It's much happy not being suffocated by plastic & so will you be as will the planet.
My top tip here is, the more you can shop at farmers markets & fruit & veg shops the better. If that isn't a possibility the whole time then head straight for the plastic free fruit. The fruit is much happier not being suffocated by plastic & so will you be & so will the planet.
Jake Cullen | @amermanstale (https://www.instagram.com/
7 - Recycle
We currently only recycle about 30% of waste that can be recycled. This just isn't enough. Even by having two bins in your cupboard to separate the recycling makes it so much easier.
If you're wondering what we can actually recycle head over to What Can I Recycle (http://www.wm.com/thinkgreen/what-can-i-recycle.jsp) to get some answers.
Oh & don't forget to recycle clothes! This one is important. Go check out bullet point 2 if you forgot why.
8 - Eat less meat/dairy
Don't worry I'm not some crazy vego lady & I won't lecture you about the what you should & shouldn't eat. I'm just going to send you over to Netflix & let them do it. Go watch Cowspiracy! The greenhouse effects from all the cow's farts are seriously bad for the environment.
All I'm asking is that you think about how much dairy & meat you're consuming & could you possibly cut it down? If the answer is yes, then do it! You will feel so much better from it both mentally & physically.
9 - Have lots of Plants (WE LOVE THIS)
Plants are seriously amazing & I total think everybody should cover their houses in them. We need plants everywhere! Not only do they absorb carbon dioxide + release oxygen, but they are also super cute & can make your house feel so much more homely. They're good for us & they're good for the environment.
I love plants! Although I must admit I'm really bad at keeping them alive, but I'll keep practicing. Practice makes perfect hey.
10 - Stop buying useless shit
Now I honestly don't know where this habit has come from, & I'm the first to admit I'm as bad as anybody else, if not worse when it comes to buying random crap. Why oh why do we do it!?!
Shops like Tiger & Ikea definitely have a part to play in this. Whose brilliant idea was it to make shops into a maze so you have to go the whole way round to pay (pure evil genius!). Get me near a shop like this & the rest of the day is history, I will honestly be in there all day & need a car to get me & all my pointless purchases home. Don't worry, that's the old me, I'm working on it!
Seriously though, just because something is only £1 & it 'might' be handy at some point, does not mean we should purchase it!
I guess if you're reading this, what I want you to take from it, is just to be more conscious. I'm not telling you how to live, I'm simply just sharing my knowledge of what I have learnt & simple effective ways we can help make a difference.
+ all of these tips will also help you save money in the long run. Trust me!
Let's Do This!
Love Annie (https://www.rocketandhoney.com)
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