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How to be kinder to the planet – Easy eco-friendly swaps

How to be kinder to the planet – Easy eco-friendly swaps

HAPPY WEDNESDAY!! It’s me again 🙂

A hot topic at the moment… being kind to our wonderful planet. If you asked me 5 years ago how to be kinder to the planet I don’t think I’d really know how to respond and how to go about doing so.

But let me tell you, it couldn’t be easier at the moment. There is so much information out there about how you can be kinder to the planet and how you can encourage others to do so as well.

I’m going to share a few tips and tricks for how I do my bit for the planet while also kindly encouraging others to do so! Now more than ever it is so, so important for us all to do our bit to reduce our carbon footprint, whether that be reducing your plastic use, reducing food waste or simply sharing your beliefs with friends and family. It’s important to know that whatever you can do, every little helps.

The most obvious way to reduce our carbon footprint and single-use material use is to grab your own reusable items…

My favourite reusable items (I think I’ll say this for everything I share today lol) are my Chilly’s water bottle and coffee cup. Obviously matching! I have so many reusable water bottles and coffee cups, I can safely say I will never be caught out in public without either of these items. You will find these reusables on the Chilly’s website – they have so many different designs, sizes and types of reusables on the website it is definitely worth checking out!

Secondly, and probably the easiest thing to do to do your bit: reusable carrier bags. I have these coming out of my ears. Since the carrier bag fee came into place a few years ago, I have definitely noticed a lot more people now using their own bags. I work in retail and it makes me very happy when people start packing their OWN bag and they don’t ask for a plastic one. It’s the little things in life. But each and every time you remember to take out your own bag instead of buying a plastic/paper bag, it helps a lot!

Now, heading down the general everyday items… this goooorrgeoussss razor!! I mean when I ordered this razor I never expected it to be so, so pretty. Call me crazy but it really is the little things in life that make you happy and make the difference when it comes to helping your single plastic use. Yes I know, plastic razors are not single use, but they should only last a couple of months due to hygiene reasons. So I went on a little hunt and found this beauty from FFS.

You can subscribe and receive a pack or razor heads however often you’d like. So, every time you need to replace the razor head, you must keep it as you can send the razor heads back to their recycling scheme and the body of the razor should last a very, very long time.

Something we all use every day: deodorant!! I’m sure you can sense a theme now, I have got most things to follow along the rose gold theme. Again similar to the razor, this one is from a company called Wild.

There are a massive range of different flavours (smells) to choose from, and you simply slot the deodorant into the case and wind it up. Once finished, the case is recyclable and you simply just pop a new case in – it is as easy as that! You can subscribe and choose a different scent each time if you like. (If you’re looking into a more eco-friendly deodorant, I would definitely recommend coconut dreams.)

Finally, food wrapping, storage and eating out. We all eat and occasionally the opportunity arises where you need to take food out with you. Here are my favourites!

So, similarly to the single-use plastic bottles etc, I try not to buy food while I’m out – including at university – unless it is wrapped in reusable/recyclable packaging. I only started using bees wrap a couple of years ago – it is quite a new phenomenon and can be used to wrap your sandwiches, cover bowls, seal half-eaten fruit and vegetables. The amazing thing about this stuff is it easily washes in a bowl of hot soapy water and to my surprise, it actually does keep your food fresh!! I have to shout out the workplace, I get all of my bees wrap from the lovely Lakeland as they supply some beautiful patterns of the beeswax wrap.

I am such a big snacker! I try to never have a snack too far away, so much to my delight at my local zero waste shop in Bromsgrove, I found a snack pouch which can be washed and keeps food fresh! All instead of plastic snack bags!

I am fully aware that the set of reusable cutlery I use is 100% definitely for children, however, they are so, so useful and I always try to carry reusable cutlery/straws with me. They are super easy to find and obviously more beneficial to the planet than disposable plastic cutlery.

The moral of the story is these reusable eco-friendly items I have mentioned today do not break the bank. When you have bought them, the chances of having to buy them again are very slim, as they will last for years and years if not forever if you look after them, saving you a lot of money in the long run. Come on people, do your bit!

If you have any other eco-friendly tips let me know, I would be really interested to know what you guys do to look after our planet.

See you next week,

Millie 🙂

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