Climate Change is happening at an alarming rate. We need to take action. But, knowing where to start can be daunting. Feeling as though you cannot do enough as an individual is a common and understandable notion. However, it is where a larger, positive shift can begin. Individuals make up communities. So, let it begin with you. Make small changes in your life and help those around you to also take action against Climate Change. Research the facts, pass on the tips, spread the word. It is time that we all start taking responsibility for our actions and how they impact the world around us. We must begin to adapt our lifestyles to become as eco-friendly as possible.
In our office, we have begun to make constructive differences in our lives to be more eco-conscious. We all decided to try something new for one week and see how we get on!
What does it mean to live in an eco-friendly manner?
It revolves around choosing to live in a way that is not damaging to the environment. Allow yourself to slowly become more and more eco-friendly over time rather than attempting to change overnight. It needs to become a part of our daily lives naturally and organically. Therefore, it will become second nature for us, and it will have a much higher success rate.
The easiest place for most people to start with is the little things. For instance, try switching to a reusable water bottle. This is an eco-friendly, practical, economical habit. Likewise, a keep-cup is a handy way to ensure you get your caffeine kick without being a burden on the plant. Another straightforward swap would be purchasing a bamboo toothbrush. If you are dedicated to the electric toothbrush life, purchase recyclable toothbrush heads instead.
There, three swift and easy to manage changes!
Let’s focus on even one of these changes: the bamboo toothbrush. According to National Geographic, more than 448 million tons of plastic are produced each year. Items such as traditional toothbrushes are extremely difficult, if not impossible to recycle. Regarding appearance and functionality, bamboo toothbrushes are incredibly similar to any other toothbrush found on the shelf.
Bamboo toothbrushes are an eco-friendlier choice as the manufacturing process is a lot simpler and uses a lot less energy. Bamboo can rapidly decompose if disposed of correctly. The bristles also quickly break down and do not contain the same harmful chemicals that plastic toothbrushes’ bristles do. We do not have to worry about the sustainability of the Bamboo plant either, it grows remarkably fast!
Danielle (Creative Lead in Web Design) leads a notably eco-friendly life, here is what she had to say on the subject:
‘In general, I try to be quite eco-friendly; I’m a vegetarian who eats 70% vegan meals. I try to only buy vegan and cruelty-free makeup, skincare, and toiletries. I subscribe to an eco-friendly service for my laundry tablets, walk to the vast majority of places I need to go and use a menstrual cup.
For this week, I chose to try cruelty-free, vegan, and waste-free toothpaste. However, I honestly was not impressed. I felt like my teeth weren’t as clean and for the price (£8.95) it isn’t a worthwhile swap. The toothpaste I already use is vegan and cruelty-free, and a lot cheaper! I will keep making my eco-conscious decisions for the most part but for some things, it’s just not an affordable option at the moment.’
Becky (Creative Lead in Digital Content) decided to switch to a sustainable deodorant to become more eco-friendly. Here is what she had to say about her experience:
“I was sceptical at first because it is a cream deodorant and I thought it would feel unhygienic, but I am completely converted, it makes me feel cleaner than spray deodorant I much prefer the scent & I can tell it’s going to last me so much longer than a spray so it’s a win-win!”
Embracing an eco-friendly eating pattern is one of the best decisions you can make for the planet.
Meat and dairy are accountable for the bulk of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the agriculture industry. Farming disperses two powerful greenhouse gases: Methane and Nitrous Oxide. These GHG releases occur right from the beginning of production and continue to the very end.
However, if you cannot bear to part with ham & cheese toasties or a Sunday roast, you can still make a huge difference by simply reducing your intake of these products. Try doing Meat-Free Mondays, switching to plant-based milk, or growing any vegetables that you can at home.
Here is what Courtney had to say on becoming vegan:
“I have always had the drive to live as eco-friendly as possible. When I was younger, this meant giving an ear-full to anyone I spotted littering and always making sure my house had a recycling bin. However, as I got older and witnessed the devasting impact of Climate Change on our world, I realised that I had to do more as an individual. I became vegan and decided to limit my purchases to as little as possible. I rarely, if ever, buy any new clothing. Instead, I use Depop and shop in second-hand stores. This week, I attempted not to purchase any plastic bottles. It was difficult but definitely manageable, and a change that I will strive to keep.
Being vegan is not as difficult as people may think. There is so much choice these days! Of course, it still requires a little more research in terms of looking up menus before you go out to eat, bringing your own food to parties, buying certain make-up and toiletries, and sometimes you have to shop around to get exactly what you need. In terms of price, it depends on what you buy! Focus your shopping list on vegetables, fruit beans, legumes, and you shouldn’t find it any more costly.”
Laura (Graphic Designer) decided to try going vegetarian for the week:
‘Going vegetarian was so much easier than I thought! I just added meat-free alternatives to my favourite dishes, and it turned out I actually preferred some of them to the meat version. I didn’t realise how such small changes could be more eco-friendly, and I will definitely have vegetarian meals more often!”
Our Commercial Director, Jenna, also sampled a veggie-week:
“My week of being a veggie… was a lot easier than expected! I replaced a couple of meat dishes (like a chicken curry) with either cheese or sweet potatoes/butternut squash. I really enjoyed the meals I had and didn’t miss meat much. The only negative aspect of the experience was using a lot more dairy products than usual. So, I felt some dishes were quite unhealthy! Next time I need to use more veggies! Overall, I really enjoyed it!”
Start today, consider the areas of your life where quick and easy changes are possible. Once you are confident and ready to think of the bigger picture, continue to become more sustainable and eco-conscious. We only have one shot at this inhabiting a planet thing; let’s start to do it right!