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We see it all the time online, pictures of plastic waste polluting the seas and harming our wildlife, and if you’re like me you say ‘I really need to cut down on waste’. But how many times have we said that, but never seem to make changes to our lifestyle that actually make a difference?
I’ve been really trying recently to do just that – make small changes to my everyday life to try and make a difference to the wider world. If you’re wanting to do the same, I’ve come up with a few small changes you can make to your everyday routine, and some products you can switch to.
Takeaway coffee cups
One of the mostly commonly seen sources of litter are coffee cups – I don’t know the last time I went for a walk and didn’t see one in a bush or on the pavement. 600 billion single use cups are thrown away each year. I was recently sent this Circular Cup reusable coffee cup to try out and I really love it! It is made from recycled single-use paper cups (6 per cup) and recycled plastic, and is 100% leak free. It has been resigned for 10 years use, and after this time it is 100% recyclable which is great as there is no waste produced. In under 2 years, Circular&Co. were able to recycle 5.4 million single use cups into Circular Cups, and after just 6 uses it offsets it’s carbon footprint.
It has a really clever lid design, where you push it in and out to drink and deal it. I’ve never seen a cup like it before and I think it’s a really cool feature.
Every purchase of a Circular&Co. Reusable Coffee Cup funds a sustainable solution to global waste.
Carbon offsetting for pets
I mentioned this is my small animal Christmas gift guide, and I think it’s a really good idea if you’re wanting to become more carbon neutral. This is a company called ZeroSmart, who can from £5 make a pet carbon neutral for a year via carbon offsetting. Each purchase funds top-quality verified climate-positive projects and planting trees to immediately remove more carbon than you contribute to the atmosphere. This is also a great gift for somebody if they are eco-conscious, and the recipient will receive a personalised digital certificate of being carbon neutral included.
A product that I tried out last year are toothtabs by the brand Reco, which you can read all about here. I think these are a great alternative to toothpaste as there is no waste involved. They’re essentially toothpaste in tablet form, which come in a little biodegradable pouch so there is no tube left at the end to go to landfill.
Reusable face pads
If you have seen my April skincare haul you will have seen that I picked up these reusable face pads from Amazon. I really love using these and they are a great way to reduce the amount of waste produced during a daily skincare routine. Switching to these also saves money in the long run.
Decluttering your home
It’s that time of year where we all want to go through our homes and have a major declutter – but instead of just throwing these things out, try and either sell it or donate it to a charity shop. This way someone else can get some enjoyment out of it instead of it going straight into landfill.
Reusable face coverings
During this current world crisis, I have seen so many pictures of the blue disposable face masks littering the streets and animals getting caught in them. I always see at least one on the floor whenever I go out. Right from the beginning I have been using a reusable face mask – mostly because they were easier to get hold of at the time, but also because I didn’t want to go through loads of disposable masks and it would save me money in the long run. You can get these almost anywhere these days, but my favourite one is from etsy, as you can get so many nice prints.
Until next time.