When I was a child my dad told me – ‘ The small things we do in every day life can make a difference’. That’s the message I am trying to pass on to my kids. It is not easy.
Watching Sir David Attenborough talking so poignantly about climate change and how every individual needs to act to save our world gave me the kick start I needed to hear.
How much plastic do we use every day?
By not using single-use plastic containers we can collectively make a huge difference in protecting our environment. So next time you are in the supermarket think twice before you pick up certain products like plastic straws, plates, cutlery and bottles. If people stop buying single-use plastics and containers, supermarkets will stop selling them as there will be no demand or profit to be made. It is time for less talk and more action.
Why don’t we ditch single-use plastic bottles and get a reusable bottle?
Once you get one you will never look back. Help cut single-use plastic pollution by using the Refill App which helps you find free water refill stations near you. For more information visit: http://www.refill.org.uk
Plan your food shop in advance?
Easier said than done. I can see you nodding your head. I am not great at this, but I am going to be more organised in the future. Remember to pack reusable shopping bags, so you don’t end up buying a pile of 5p plastic bags. (We’ve all been there).
Buy separately instead of packaged packs
It is so easy to grab the ready packed fruit and vegetable packs, especially when in a rush. By picking fruit and vegetables separately and using the brown bags provided it eliminates a large amount of plastic consumption from a food shop. It is more cost effective and will save you time when it comes to recycling day – there won’t be a mountain of plastic containers to put outside.
Educating the future generation
Talking to our kids about sustainability is incredibly important. Getting them to avoid single-use plastic packaging and actively help out with recycling in the home is a good start. There are a number of educational apps about saving the environment and so parents can rest assured that their kids are getting some good screen time.
Did you know your choice of suncream can affect the environment?
I had no idea about this, and to be honest, not given it a second thought. Chemicals from suncream are harmful to coral reefs and ocean life. So buy a suncream free of oxybenzone, like the Soltan suncare range, and enjoy that much deserved swim in the sea!
By taking these little steps and being environmentally conscious, we can make a start in protecting and saving our world for future generations.
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