78 easy switches to live more sustainably and reduce waste
29th May 2020
I’ve been exploring ways of more sustainable living and easy reusable switches for some time now. I’m a firm believer that little steps can help! Many of us are already time poor. Whether that is through work, family or other commitments, it can feel overwhelming to take on yet another thing! So these are my 78 easy switches to live more sustainably.
44. Buy food from companies that adopt a zero waste policy, like Nims.
45. Explore eco-friendly and organic food delivery companies. My favourite is Abel and Cole.
46. Buy from companies that have green production facilities, such as Steenbergs.
47. Choose bamboo, stainless steel or biodegradable straws.
48. Look for fair trade food and buy it where possible (some easy examples are bananas, sugar and tea).
49. Choose a teabag that is plastic free.
50. Try loose leaf tea and a tea strainer.
51. Look for sustainable sources when buying seafood and fish such as line and pole caught tuna.
52. Have at least one day a week where you eat vegetarian or vegan meals.
53. If you know somewhere you can buy loose dried goods such as pasta and use your own jar rather than the plastic packaging, give it a try.
54. If you love snacks, think about those with the best packaging. Two Farmers crisps are in compostable bags for example.
55. Chocaholic? Choose an ethical brand such as Seed and Bean.
56. Did you know you can send Walkers crisp packets back to be recycled?
57. Some bread bags are recyclable too. They can be recycled with plastic bags at larger supermarkets.
58. Roberts bread is good example of packaging that can be recycled with your household waste.
59. Choose peanut butter without palm oil (100% peanuts).
60. To avoid palm oil, choose products that contain clearly labeled oils, such as 100 percent sunflower oil, corn oil, olive oil, coconut oil, or canola oil.
61. You can buy biodegradable baby wipes. Aldi sell their own brand at a really good price.
62. Use muslins where possible to clean up spills, sticky hands and more.
63. Choose rewashable bibs rather than disposable ones.
64. Buy the odd second hand toy, particularly plastic toys that will otherwise go to landfill. If you like online shopping, Rumage.com is a great way to shop second-hand while saving time, because it searches many different retailers in one go.
65. Donate your old toys.
66. Ever noticed children leave half finished drinks of water around? Pour these into plants so they don’t go to waste.
67. I repurpose lots of items for my toddler to craft with. Jars are great to use for paint, cardboard is fun to paint on!
68. Challenge little one to put out as many containers as they can find to gather rain water, then get them to use it to water your plants.