*AD – Some items mentioned in this 20 ways to be kinder to our planet post have been gifted in exchange for a review. This doesn’t affect any opinions given.
The last few years have seen a great improvement in looking after our environment. Many of us have made small but important changes to the way we live our lives. The first UK lockdown proved just how much we as a nation have been damaging our planet. With the majority staying at home, less cars on the road and more time to educate ourselves, nature returned to areas it hadn’t been seen in decades. So many other areas of our planet improved too. I certainly noticed that our parks and green spaces were free from litter. It was like we had temporarily halted damaging our planet. Unfortunately, as soon as the lockdown was lifted, the litter and the damage started again. It doesn’t have to be this way. If everyone made a few simple changes, we could really change things and learn to be kinder to our planet.
I wanted to put together this post with ideas of how you could be kinder to our planet. Mention this post to your friends too and you could all make a pack to create change together. Many of the things I’m about to mention will also save you money in the long run, which can never be a bad thing right? Without further ado, lets get on with this post…
Changes to make at home
- Turn off all electronics when you’re not using them. Don’t leave things on standby mode or that phone charger turned on but not connected to a phone. You’re just wasting energy and money. It probably isn’t doing a lot of good to the products either.
- Throw less food away where possible. Have fun creating leftover recipes and share food with others when you think it might otherwise go to waste.
- Make a list of the things you need and stick to it. Stop buying things just for the sake of it. The chances are you will regret it and probably won’t even make use of it in a few weeks.
- Borrow instead of buying. For example, if you need a ladder for some decorating but will probably not use it again for years, ask friends and family instead. They will be happy to lend you it and it will safe you cluttering up your home too.
- Donate or resell items you no longer want and give them a new home,. Last month I wrote a post all about how to declutter your home in a sustainable way. Make sure you check it out!
- Try to use natural light where possible. I don’t mean straining your eyes whilst trying to read a book, that’s just silly. However, if you’re watching Netflix in bed, you probably don’t need to the light on.
- Use reusable batteries. Not only does it save on waste, it means you never run out either. You just have to remember to charge them back up.
- Wash your clothes at 30 degrees where possible. I very rarely use a hot wash and my clothes still come out clean and smelling amazing.
- Hang up your clothes to dry instead of using a tumble dryer. If you really feel the need to put the tumble dryer on, invest in some wool balls which can reduce drying time dramatically.
- Improve the energy efficiency of your home. Check windows and doors fit correctly and stop heat escaping your home. Also think aout other improvements you could make such as investing in solar panels.
- Invest in a water butt to store rain water. This is a great way of being able to water plants throughout the year and can save your water usage. I think the plants prefer it too!
- Use eco-friendly cleaning products. There are now so many different ones available, you are sure to find something you like.
- Turn empty jars into pretty gifts or household storage. Repurpose them into something new.
Changes to make whilst out & about
- Take a reusable water bottle everywhere with you. It will stop you feeling tempted to purchase a drink with single plastic packaging.
- Stop using plastic carrier bags. There are so many alternatives out there these days and if its only a couple of items you’ll be carrying, ask yourself if you even need a bag at all.
- Use reusable face masks. We have all seen the damage that is being caused by the selfish littering of disposable face masks. So many animals have become entangled in them and if I’m honest, I don’t really want to see your face mask stuck in bushes. Its just not ok.
- Organise/take part in a litter pick or beach clean. Obviously this isn’t possible at the moment, although I have seen a few individuals that are still picking up litter in my local area. If you do feel comfortable doing that in this pandemic, please where the appropriate safety equipment.
- Walk or cycle to the shop instead of driving. Whatever did we do before cars. I know you might not want to walk in the rain but at least then you can question if you really need that item from the shop. In most cases, you will decide that it can wait.
- Don’t use your car for storage. Obviously keep things such as a breakdown kit in your boot but you don’t need to have half of your wardrobe in there. Driving around with useless items in the back will just way your car down and make it less energy efficient.
- Take a packed lunch to work and for days out. You can use that tupperware that is always falling out of the cupboard and create something tasty with the ingredients you have at home. It might also help you to cut down on your food waste too.
- Take a reusable cup with you to the coffee shop and ask them to fill it up. Many even offer a discount for doing so.
I wanted to share these images below with you. This is what we are doing to our planet. Animals and even in some countries people are living amongst this. Its devastating. We need to educate ourselves in how we can all be kinder to our planet. It is after all, our home.
Introducing Circular & Co
Did you know that over 600 billion single use cups are thrown away each year. Its such a shocking amount and is unnecessary waste. Circular & Co is a company based in one of the most beautiful locations in England, Perranporth. They produce coffee cups made from used cups, the first in the world to do so. In less than two years, Circular & Co have been able to recycle over 5.4 million single use cups, turning them into the thermal outer layer of their coffee cups. Their carbon footprint is offset after just six uses which is great.
The coffee cups are made from 50% recycled cups with the other 50% being made up of recycled plastic. They are fully insulated and designed to last. Even better is the fact that they are 100% leakproof, made free from harmful chemicals and are themselves fully recyclable. It means that the circle will continue for years to come.
I have been testing my Circular & Co coffee cup out for a few weeks now and I can honestly say its a gamechanger. It has an easy one-handed opening which, as a dog walker, makes it so handy. For anyone who things you can walk down the street with a dog lead in one and a coffee cup in the other, whilst looking elegant, is very much mistaken. The Circular & Co has made this easier to do though due to its 360 degree drinking design, making it feel like you are just drinking out of a cup. I couldn’t recommend these coffee cups more, they are amazing. I’m considering even giving a couple of them as gifts for Christmas. I’m thinking they would look lovely with a nice bag of coffee and some delicious biscuits.
Circular & Co also do some other amazing products, all made out of recycled materials so make sure you check out their website. I hope you have found the tips mentioned in this post useful. Being kinder to the planet is not a choice. Its something we all must do before it is too late. If we aren’t careful, we will do some much irreparable damage, and our planet will be changed forever.
What changes have you been making to be kinder to the planet? I’d love to know in the comments below.