Living sustainably: changes you can make right now
Living sustainably: What is it all about?
The phrases ‘sustainability’ or ‘living in a sustainable manner’ are being heard more and more in the mainstream press. While there’s no doubt that there’s a growing awareness about the damage our throwaway lifestyles are doing to the planet knowing where or how to start can seem overwhelming. But what can you do? How can you start living sustainably?
Sustainable living means different things to different people but, essentially, it means living in a way in which the planet, and it’s natural resources, can support indefinitely, for everyone.
At the moment, humanity is consuming resources faster than the earth can regenerate, using up the earth’s available bounty earlier and earlier each year. The point at which this occurs is called Earth Overshoot Day, in 2019 Earth Overshoot Day was July 29th.
The WWF provides a basic environmental footprint calculator, this can be a great tool for seeing the impact that your lifestyle has on the world and everything in it.
Where to start
All of this can seem overwhelming. What impact can one person make and where do you even start? We get that it can seem all too much, but if everyone just makes the changes that they can then combined it will have a big impact on the world.
Living sustainably is not about one person doing it perfectly, it is about everyone doing it imperfectly. In this blog, we will help you to get started, read on to learn about some changes that you can make right now to live in a more sustainable manner.
It is not about one person doing it perfectly, it is about everyone doing it imperfectly.
Swap out your toothbrush
Switch your plastic toothbrush to a bamboo alternative.
- The problem
Swapping your polymer toothbrush for a bamboo alternative is a great place to start with your sustainable bathroom. Each year, in the US alone a billion toothbrushes are thrown into the rubbish and nearly every toothbrush made since the 1930s is still floating around out there as waste. It’s not just the waste that they generate, plastic toothbrushes are also derived from oil. A finite resource which is, directly and indirectly, responsible for a large amount of the world’s pollution.
Our Geoorganics Bamboo toothbrush is made from 100% biodegradable and compostable bamboo. This material is naturally antibacterial and the bristles are made from BPA free Nylon 6. What is more, is that the packaging is also 100% recyclable - a win-win!
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Alternatively, our Hydrophil Bamboo Toothbrush is also BPA and toxin-free. Its handle is made from bamboo and the medium bristles are made from plant-based castor oil.
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Smell good the sustainable way
Choose a deodorant that is free from aluminum and made in a sustainable and cruelty-free way.
Natural, vegan deodorants such as the Elsa’s Natural Deodorant or Lamazuna are growing in popularity. Mass produced, commercial antiperspirants typically contain aluminum-chlorohydrate. Although this has been linked to breast cancer, the evidence is not conclusive and no link between breast cancer and antiperspirants has been established. What is beyond doubt though, is that the extraction of the materials used in deodorants and antiperspirants damages the environment. Many of the ingredients are removed from the earth by strip mining which destroys the habitats of indigenous animals, pollutes water supplies and engages questionable labour practices.
Luckily there is a solution at hand! This solution comes in the form of plastic free, organic, handmade deodorants. These deodorants, such as the ones we sell from Lamazuna, Elsa’s Natural Deodorants, and Primal Suds Deodorant contain no aluminum, alcohol, no palm oil and are BPA free. With these, it’s easy to keep yourself fragrant without damaging the environment!
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Wash your hair with care
Wash your hair with care, with a range of plastic-free, ethically created shampoos. Cut the plastic waste and your carbon footprint.
- The problem
Plastic bottles full of shampoo not only contribute to the world’s ever growing plastic waste problem, but they also have a higher carbon footprint than solid bars of soap. A Swiss study found that on a per-wash basis, liquid soap has a carbon footprint 25% more than solid soaps.
Solid soap bars made with natural ingredients reduce the amount of plastic waste that you are producing as well as lowering your carbon footprint. Our range of Friendly Soap shampoo bars are made from natural ingredients with none of the nasty stuff. You won’t find any palm oil, paraben, sulphates or the like in these amazing soaps. Remember though, all soaps can take some getting used to but once you’re accustomed to the change you will be being kinder to the planet every time that you wash!
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Scrub in style
Although it might not seem like it, the humble kitchen washcloth can be an environmental issue! Time to switch it out and scrub in style with an environmentally friendly alternative.
- The problem
The humble microfibre wash cloth is partly to blame for our polluted oceans. These favoured washing up cloths contain tiny, minuscule particles, invisible to the naked eye which seep from the cloths and into our water supplies. These fibres have even been found in fish passed suitable for human consumption!
Switch your microfibre cloth for a wooden scrubbing brush or scouring pad made from natural materials. We also stock a range of compostable sponge cleaning cloths, made from cotton, wood pulp and flax these are great for cleaning kitchens and bathrooms. Products such as these not only have a longer lifespan than microfibre cloths, they are also fully biodegradable or compostable and made from natural materials. These products work brilliantly with the Eco-Living Dish Soap Bar, a vegan, palm-oil free alternative to traditional washing up liquids.
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Start living sustainably today
These are just a few changes to make to live more sustainably. Remember, as we said at the start, it is not about one person doing it perfectly, it is about everybody doing it imperfectly. Make the simple changes we suggested around the house and start your journey into sustainable living today.
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