Sustainability is a journey not a destination.
As an organisation focussed on a more sustainable future for all, we understand that creating a sustainable home is more than switching up your salad.
Sustainability is becoming essential as part of our day to day life. And to truly create a better planet, we need to make changes now.
That may sound like a daunting task. But with some simple swaps within your home, we really can make a difference. Together.
Small changes = big impact
Within our day to day lives there are many things we can change in our quest for a sustainable future. A number of small changes, over time, will have an exponential positive impact on our planet.
Sometimes it can be hard to know where to start. But with our simple swaps you’ll be on the right tracks before you even realise it.
Eco-Friendly Every Day Swaps
1. Pass on the plastic wrap!
Cling film is a handy addition to any kitchen. But is it a necessary one? Commonly used for covering up food, this layer of thin clear plastic may seem quite harmless. But how many times do you cover food every week, or every day?
It could be leftovers, it could be lunch.
When you think about it, you probably use it more than you realise!
A simple swap for cling film or plastic food wrap is beeswax wraps. Available in a range of lovely fabrics, they’re also more fun too!
You can use these pieces of fabric having heated them simply in the palm of your hands and can cover bowls, wrap sandwiches, seal pots… Basically anything you would usually use cling film for.
And the best of it? They can last for up to a year with proper care.
2. Crochet to take the grime away!
Face wipes, baby wipes, cleaning wipes… The amount of pre-soaked tissues we use daily without realising their lack of recyclability is outstanding.
Made up of synthetic fibres, a ‘wet wipe’ can take up to 100 YEARS to decompose. Which is why it is especially important that they are never flushed down the toilet!
A really simple and effective swap for pre-soaked wipes is a handmade, crocheted version that can be used again and again. After each use you can throw them into the washing machine with your regular clothes wash and re-use again!
Often made from cotton yarn, you can find a plethora of choices on your favourite handmade selling sites. Or even better, make your own! All you need is the yarn and a crochet hook to get started and you’ll even save money in the long-run.
3. Loose leaf Tea Bags
Ah, the British institute of a good, strong cup of tea.
But did you know that each tea bag you use can contain up to 25% plastic! Making them an unlikely suspect in polluting our planet.
There are, of course, brands who do produce plastic free bags. Usually alongside a premium price tag. A more affordable way to make this sustainable swap is through purchasing a tea strainer and loose-leaf tea.
Not to mention that when make a proper cup of loose leaf, in a fancy tea pot, it just seems to taste so much better.