The prospect of going green in the 21st century is often linked to outdated misconceptions that environmental innovations are expensive and time-consuming. In this article, we’re abolishing these archaic myths by exploring the many different ways that modern men and women can incorporate eco-friendly practices into their daily routine.
Whether you’re looking to swap everyday products for sustainable alternatives or introduce some brand new green habits into your busy schedule, reducing your carbon footprint in 2018 and beyond will not only help the planet you live on but also put extra pennies back into your pocket.
1. Substitute beauty essentials for eco-friendly alternatives
Following the recent microbead ban on beauty products, swapping out your favourite plastic-packaged and chemical-rich makeup and creams for organic, eco-friendly alternatives is the first step in future-proofing both your skin and our planet.
Use an all-purpose beauty balm to remove stubborn cuticles at the same time while combatting dry, wintry skin, before opting for an eco-friendly makeup brand that adds the perfect touch of blush to your newly moisturised skin.
2. Shop local
With the recently announced merger of two UK supermarket giants on the horizon, never has there been a better time to support local businesses and buy locally sourced foods and appliances than right now.
Not only is this a great way to give back to your community but, due to the reduced distance travelled by both the suppliers and the consumer, CO2 emissions are massively reduced – resulting in a cleaner and greener way to shop without compromising on what you buy.
3. Save your 5 pence pieces
If buying from local businesses is something you can’t regularly commit to and weekly shops at a large supermarket chain is your only option, making sure you plan in advance should be your top priority.
Ask your neighbours if they’re also due a weekly shop and, if so, whether they’d like to jump in the car with you and make this carpool a regular occurrence. This way, you can save both petrol and the planet while making an otherwise mundane shopping experience a bit more fun and sociable. While at the supermarket, be conscious in your shopping decisions and opt for products with eco-friendly packaging, as well as remembering to bring your reusable carrier bags with you to avoid having to pay for new plastic bags.
4. Create a garden patch
You can go one step further than carpooling on the way to the supermarket by eliminating this journey altogether and creating your very own at-home garden patch.
Reuse and upcycle wood from your old table and chair set to build a frame suitable for you to house and grow your produce for the long-term. Plant your seeds and watch them grow into healthy and delicious goods that will either fill a big, busy family, or sustain a smaller household for a little while longer.
5. Get composting
Don’t let your leftovers go to waste! Recycle food waste in a designated area in your garden and use this to feed the vegetation in your garden. Plant your flowers in a bed of compost waste or use this compost to enhance the steady growth of your vegetable patch – keeping your garden looking green, even throughout the brown and barren winter months.
Not only will food composting techniques save you from investing in various different chemical fertilisers, but they’ll also give your garden the natural sustenance it deserves.
6. Unplug your appliances
Simply clicking the ‘off’ button on your remote or games console isn’t enough to reduce the energy lost on unused appliances – this applies to a whole host of items that we use every day of our lives.
Say goodbye to standby and unplug your devices – as this will increase the amount you save on electricity bills, while also preventing this energy from being wasted and instead allowing it to be used more efficiently in an output elsewhere.
7. Reconsider transport
Swap your dull, daily commute for an active alternative. If the placement of your office means you’re unable to walk the distance into work, why not opt for a car-share or choose to cycle in instead?
Both of these methods will reduce your impact on the environment while also reducing how frequently you need to visit the petrol station – therefore allowing you to save both money and time, without ever having to complicate your commute to work.
Introducing these sustainable and cost-effective practices into your daily routine has the potential to improve your mental and physical wellbeing, while also increasing your disposable income and reducing your carbon footprint – what’s not to love? Start your journey to sustainability now and better both yourself and your planet, step by step.