Many of us are looking at ways to live more sustainably. The main reason for this is the changes to the environment that we’re seeing. From the impact of the melting ice caps to the rising global temperatures, we’re becoming increasingly aware that our actions are having a direct effect on the planet.
With world leaders meeting to discuss these changes and an increase in protests, we’re trying to work out how to live sustainably to halt and reverse the damage done. But it’s not cheap. So, how do we save the planet by living sustainably on a shoestring? Read on for some ideas.
Reuse and Recycle
It can be tempting to keep buying new, especially when it’s easier than ever to order what you need online. But instead of heading to your favorite clothes shops and other retailers, take a look at what you have already.
Clear out your wardrobe and sort it into different categories: keep, throw away, and charity. As well as giving you a chance to dig out those jeans from 2002, this allows you to see some of the pieces that you’ve not worn for ages. There’s a good chance that you were about to buy another jumpsuit or pair of boyfriend jeans when you have six of each tucked away at the back of your closet.
Go For Second-Hand
If you have a hankering for new clothes or you’ve noticed that you could do with another outfit for work, try second-hand stores. There are plenty of shops to choose from, including charity shops such as Oxfam and vintage shops.
As well as buying something new for yourself here, you’re not contributing to the fast fashion that’s having a huge environmental impact. Clothes waste charity TRAID reveals that the average garment is only worn 10 times before it is thrown away and there are around 80 billion garments made each year.
Among other things, there’s water use, microfibres, greenhouse gases, and toxins that go into the creation, shipping and selling of these pieces, making fashion a significant problem for the planet. So, going second-hand prevents this process.
Grow Your Own
The cost of living crisis means that the price of the basics is going up. When buying sustainably-sourced foods, this price is likely to increase as these groceries tend to be more costly.
To avoid this, try growing your own fruit, veg and herbs. You don’t have to be a professional gardener. You just need some soil and outdoor space to plant your produce. Consider growing fruit and vegetables in a polytunnel to protect your efforts and give you the chance to grow all year round.
Do you use something all the time? Buying in bulk could save you money and the planet as you’re only getting one delivery. For instance, everyday items like washing powder and soap go further if you shop for job lots and bigger packages.
Check the price per kilo or other measurements. This will show you where you can save.