As a sustainable fashion business, we consider how everything we do impacts the planet. From where we source our fabrics, to how we make our clothes, and even how we wrap them when they’re delivered to you (our packaging uses recycled and recyclable materials). And this ethos extends to our lives and homes too. So for world environment day 2018, we’ve shared our eco-friendly living ideas to help get you inspired. Whether you want to go green to help the environment or simply to save money, each small step you take will help lessen your impact on our planet in one way or another.
World Environment Day 2018: Our eco-friendly living tips
Save water by turning off the tap whilst brushing your teeth. In doing so, you can save about 200 gallons of water per month!
Showering instead of bathing is another great way to save water. A full bathtub uses around 70 gallons of water whereas a 5 minute shower uses around 10-25 gallons. Try using the water-saving feature on your toilet too.
Collect rain water for your plants in jugs or jam jars. Not only will this save you money but your plants will love it too, as it has a neutral PH and is free from hard water elements.
Washing your clothing on a quicker cycle is a great way to save water – your clothes come out just as clean and will last longer this way. As well as this, around 90% of the energy used to wash our clothes comes from heating the water, so make sure you save energy and wash on a lower temperature.
Save energy & electricity
Conserving energy is one of the most important ways to reduce your carbon footprint. Always make sure you turn off your electrical appliances rather than leaving them on standby – you will see a big difference in your energy bills at the end of the month!
Try switching to renewable energy too. This energy is made using wind, solar, wave, tidal, hydroelectric and biomass power, and helps to reduce our impact on the environment.
Switch to LED light bulbs. Not only do they last longer than conventional bulbs but they’re far more energy efficient too.
Make sure your house is well insulated. This means it will be much easier to keep warm in winter and cool in summer, without wasting energy on heating or air conditioning.
Instead of driving, get on your bike or walk! Not only does this save fuel but it’s healthier for your mind and body too.
Order your shopping online rather than heading to the shops. This means that instead of lots of cars driving to the supermarket – one van drives around delivering food to everyone in the area, saving fuel. Ordering online also means that you’re less likely to impulse buy, helping to reduce food waste.
Try to lessen the amount of meat you eat. Even swapping it out for vegetables and grains one day a week can drastically help to reduce CO2 emissions and water usage. Plus, there are major health benefits too!
Why not try growing your own vegetables? Not only will this save you money but it’s a great way to help you lessen your carbon footprint too.
Avoid food wastage and save your left overs for tomorrow’s lunch! This is a great, eco-friendly tip for those with little time on their hands.
Always try to buy local produce. The closer the produce is sourced to you, the less carbon emissions are produced in their transportation. Plus, supporting local business helps make the local economy stronger.
Reduce plastic usage and recycle
Try to avoid using plastic wherever you can. For example when you head out to the shops, make sure you have a fabric tote bag with you to avoid the use of plastic bags. And always refrain from buying bottled water. Instead carrying a reusable bottle – we are loving Chilly’s Bottles, which come in a variety of colours and designs.
Another great tip for reducing plastic usage is to buy your fruit and veg loose rather than in plastic packaging.
And of course when you do use plastic, recycle as much as you can.
What are your eco-friendly living tips this world environment day? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @wearethought.com!
You might also love our DIY eco cleaning spray recipe, perfect for avoiding nasty chemicals when cleaning your home.