Tips to a more eco-friendly life
By buying local you are keeping your community unique and reducing your carbon footprint. You get fresh food and since the product you are buying does not have to travel far you are avoiding pollution. Buying from farm shops and farmers markets also means less unnecessary packaging, thus less waste. By supporting local farmers you are ensuring that the nature around you is in good hands.
Reusable takeaway cup
Each year over 100 billion single use coffee cups go to landfill. Most contain plastic or wax and can't be recycled. Whether you go to starbucks or your local barista to buy coffee, bring your own coffee cup or ecoffee cup to make a difference. The ecoffee cup is a natural and reusable takeaway cup. It is made of organic bamboo fibre and non-GMO corn starch. When you‘re finished with it you can simply crush it, soak it in boiling water and bury it with your organic compost to start the biodegrading process.
Make your own toothpaste
Toothpaste tubes are wasteful but luckily Lauren Singers has blessed us with a wonderful zero waste toothpaste recipe. The ingredients are simple and easy to find at almost any store: baking soda, organic coconut oil, and organic essential oils. You are helping the planet, saving money and controlling what goes into your body at the same time. Read the full recipe here.
Around 350,000 tons of clothing ends up in landfill in the UK alone each year and the fashion industry is the worlds third largest polluter. Why support those creating fashion unsustainably and unethically, when you can buy vintage and pre-loved pieces that has its own unique identity and history? Clothes today are designed to be worn a few times and then discarded but vintage clothing is often in much better quality. The clothing industry causes a lot of pollution and damage to the environment, so why not take a chance on a floral tie-dye skirt from the 70's or a velvet wrap dress from the 90's instead?
Sustainable food wrap
The bee's wrap is the more sustainable and natural alternative to plastic for food storage. The products are reusable, biodegradable, and compostable. Simply wash it with cool water and gentle soap after use. Although it is not vegan, the wrap is made of beeswax sourced from sustainably-managed hives in the US, organic cotton, tree resin and organic jojoba oil. The company is Green America certified and both fabric and printing is certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard.