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Did you know that you can save an animal’s life for free? Just by slightly changing your shopping habits.
We have built a very simple to follow guide that we can all adopt when shopping, without spending more money. In some cases, you can save money while buying consciously.
The main idea of becoming more responsible doesn’t mean that you have to throw away all the single-use objects and switch to reusable ones.
First, it means that you give yourself time to observe what products you don’t use/need and how you can find substitutes that don’t harm the environment.
If you’re currently using a plastic toothbrush and a full plastic bottle of shower gel, this does not mean you need to throw them all away. It means you finish them and start thinking of further ideas of how to replace them in the future.
Here’s a simple guide on how to observe and make changes in your shopping habits.
1. Avoid packed fruits and vegetables
When you go to your local supermarket, please take you time and look for unpacked fruits and vegetables. You can take them in your basket without using a plastic bag and please, please wash them before consumption.
Imagine a golden fish in the Atlantic Ocean living 10 years longer just because you did this.
2. Use your own bags
Let’s admit it. We all have a drawer full of bags in our kitchen.
Here’s a simple trick: put a carrier bag in every purse you own. Every time you’ll be at the supermarket, you’ll find it in your bag, and you won’t need to buy any (bonus: you also save some £).
You can reuse a plastic bag hundred times. If not, it will take 500 (or more) YEARS for this to decompose.
Extra trick: you can switch to cotton-made bags which you can DIY out of an old t-shirt and use it 7000 times or more. Here’s how.
3. Walk/cycle instead of driving short journeys
Since we’re in the third lockdown, physical activity is essential.
Take a walk to the supermarket instead of driving. You could meet a neighbour on your way, pet a dog or listen to a podcast.
This is quality time. These times are precious.
4. Ask yourself
Whenever you add a product in your basket (either online or offline) ask yourself these simple four questions:
Do I really need this?
Will I reuse it at least 30 times?
How is it made?
Is this practical and durable?
If the answer is yes to all of them, then buy it. If not, then think about it.
5. Avoid face wipes
Avoid using face wipes for two main reasons: 1. they are bad for your skin, 2. they are filling the oceans.
How would you feel if you would know that your daily skincare routine is affecting the life of million ocean animals?
Here’s what you can do while saving the environment and the marine animals.
Switch to re-usable make up remover pads.
They are made either by cotton or bamboo fibres and could be used up to 200 times. Or, you can do them yourself using old T-shirts or towels. Here’s how.
There are so many little things that we can all do to minimise our effect upon ocean animals and the environment overall.
We hope you’ll find this guide useful.
All in all …
We’re aware we can’t change the whole world, but if we can only make one person out of all our readers start to think about all of these before buying something, then our goal is already reached.
Please leave us in comments what other simple ideas you have on how to minimise our waste and protect the environment at the same time.
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