My peculiar journey on an uncharted territory – Step 2
The first part of this writing can be found here and its about the first steps of how to make a household more environment friendly. As 2020 is upon us, I set up some goals on how to continue supporting the environment and reducing the harm we cause.
- Love your High Street, buy locally, support your community.
- Reduce Single Use Plastic
- Support Independent bookshops, Charity Shops
- Reduce meat consumption
1. Support Independent bookshops, Charity Shops
Shopping in charity shops is a more environmentally and socially responsible choice. By selling second hand goods, charity shops prevent them going to landfill. All clothing that cannot be sold is recycled. For example. In the financial year 2018/19, shops removed 339,000 tonnes of textiles from the waste stream.
2. Love your High Street, buy locally, support your community.
Support all the great independent shops in your area. Choose to buy food/books/coffee/clothes/furniture…from your local shops rather than ordering them online, or shopping at the big chains. Seek out the markets and shops where you can buy seasonal products from local suppliers.
3. Reduce meat consumption
Try reducing the amount of meat you eat. In the UK, it is super easy to swap the meat for a vegan subsidiary product and exploring a bit of vegan culture is quite fun and not as challenging as you might think. If you need any inspiration, check out https://uk.veganuary.com/ for recipes, tips and some more information on vegan lifestyle and its benefits.
4. Reduce Single Use Plastic
Get your own metal water bottles, coffee cups and reusable sandwich packs so you don’t need to rely on single use plastic. When shopping for fruits and vegetables seek out the ones without wrapping. Try not to use plastic bags, but carry a reusable bag.