Most of you who have followed me for a while will know I am a conscious consumer and I don’t like waste. I also try to not use plastic and try to limit my waste and carbon footprint as much as possible. I’m not telling you this to get an award. I simply want to share how I have done it.
You see, I’m in love (actually I’m obsessed) with Mother Earth, and I want our children's children’s children to get to witness the beauty we have today. But at the rate we are going, this may not be the case. So I beg you to take stock of how you are living and try a few of the suggestions below to live a little more consciously. It all starts with you and making these small shifts, you WILL make a massive difference.
So here are some suggestions...
For The Kitchen:
- Never buy bottled water. Just don’t. Get a water filter and reusable stainless steel or glass water bottle and fill up your water before you leave the house. It’s a million times better for your hormones AND the environment.
- If you go out for coffee, please take your own reusable cup.
- Use glass Pyrex containers or stainless steel to store your food, not plastic. Plastic wreaks havoc on your hormones and seeps into your food, so it’s best to avoid it altogether. But don’t throw out your plastic Tupperware — use it to store lego, blocks, pegs, or any small items around the house.
- Reuse all your glass jars for storage. Never throw out glass jars, they always come in handy.
- Shop at your local farmers markets and bring your own basket. Or shop at your local bulk store like @thesourcebulkfoods and take your own jars and bags. [Hot tip: always keep bags or your basket in your car so you never get caught out and have to resort to plastic bags.]
- Grow your own food — even if it’s just a few herbs on your window sill. It's my dream one day to have a huge veggie and herb garden with loads of fruit trees too.
- Stop buying cling wrap or foil and use beeswax wraps and eco lids instead.
- Once you have finished your dishwashing powder or liquid, take that bottle to the bulk store and fill it up or make your own.
- Make your own cleaning products using essential oils. It’s way cheaper, and better for your health and the environment.
- Get reusable cloth washcloths instead of disposable ones. And ditch sponges in favour of compostable scrubs or brushes.
- Instead of buying bin bags, put newspaper in your bin and pop your food scraps in there, or buy biodegradable bags, or use no big bags at all and wash out your bin after each use. (It’s really not that hard.)
- Use washable tea towels instead of paper towels.
- Use washable bamboo, stainless steel or glass straws (never plastic).
- When you go out, take your cutlery with you so you don’t have to get and eat off plastic. You do not want to be putting plastic in your mouth.
- Don’t buy any food in packets or plastic. Try to limit single use plastic as much as possible.
- Store your food correctly so it lasts longer and you never have to throw anything out. We don’t throw out food — it’s one of my number one pet hates. And if you store your food correctly, you won’t have to. Use the veggie draw in your fridge for your greens and put a wet tea towel over them to keep them fresh and to last longer, it works a treat.
- Pack your own lunch so you don’t have to eat out — better for you, your wallet and the environment.
- Reduce your meat consumption to only once a day, or try ‘Meatless Mondays’, or ‘going weekday vegetarian’, or even ‘weekday vegan’. If you do purchase animal products, please make sure they’re organic, grass fed and finished, pastured, biodynamic and free from hormones, pesticides and any other chemicals they want to add to it.
- Store veggie scraps in the freezer. When you’ve got a good few handfuls saved up, boil them in filtered water to make a yummy stock or broth.
- Always run a full dishwasher — don’t put it on for just 3 things.
- Take part in a community garden.