How I’m trying to live more sustainably for the future
I’ve written quite a bit on my blog recently about trying to be more environmentally friendly and living more sustainably is something that has become really important to me over the last couple of years. I’d like to try to conserve energy, and prevent pollution, preserving the planet for future generations. It isn’t too late to start!
So here’s how I’m planning to live more sustainably for the rest of this year and for the future.
Reducing my single use plastics
I’ve already made a big start on this one by substituting my bottles of shampoo and shower gel for bars instead and using a moisturiser that comes in a tin. I’ve made a commitment to myself that every time I invest in a new product, I’ll research to see if there is a plastic free alternative. I recently learnt that most suncreams aren’t biodegradable and is damaging coral and other sea life and so next time I need suncream, I’ll be sure to choose one which is eco-friendly.
I also take my reusable water bottle and my reusable bamboo coffee cup everywhere with me, to stop me from buying drinks in single use plastic bottles. This also helps me to save money as I’m topping up my water, rather than buying more drinks. Lots of coffee shops have started to discount their coffee if you bring a reusable cup too.
Companies are doing this too – lots of bars and restaurants have stopped supplying plastic straws and water refill stations are popping up all over the place, allowing people to fill up their reusable bottles no matter where they are.
I really want to continue to reduce my single use plastics – there’s lots more that I can do, especially around food packaging.
Choosing more sustainable holidays
I love love love travelling and seeing the world but I also want to protect it so that we can enjoy it for many years to come and so I’ve started making better choices when it comes to sustainable holidays. I search for accommodation providers that are also into protecting our planet.
Yellow Zebra Safaris are one travel company who are leading the way when it comes to sustainability. They have plenty of eco-friendly camps for you to choose from for your safari which use solar panel generators and have zero waste policies which ensures that they have little to no environmental impact.
Of course, safaris are all about the animals and Yellow Zebra are doing their best to protect and preserve the amazing animals living in Africa. They sponsor and support elephant orphanages and anti-poaching dog units. But being sustainable isn’t just about the environment, it’s about the communities too. Yellow Zebra have sponsored a project working with vulnerable children in South Africa and they aim to volunteer 400 hours this year in the local community.
Cutting down on my meat consumption
This year for the first time ever I did veganuary, where I followed a vegan diet for the whole of January (and I actually carried it on into the month of February too!). The production of food from animals is a strain on the environment because of all of the resources that it takes to produce this. Avoiding animal products can really reduce your carbon footprint.
Although I do eat meat and dairy now (I just can’t give up cheese!), I try to choose alternatives when I can. A vegan diet can even be healthier – I lost quite a bit of weight during January and generally felt better in myself and I’ll definitely be trying it again for 2020.
Using more public transport
Flying and driving are both really bad for the environment because of their carbon emissions. But there are alternatives! Where possible, I’m trying to use public transport more – I even went on a sustainable break to the Isle of Wight earlier this year. Not only is using public transport better for the environment but it also allows you to see more of the area than you would have in a car, and you can really get to know where you are by travelling like a local.
An easy tip to reduce your carbon footprint is to keep an eye out for lower emission flights. All aeroplane engines burn fuel which releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere but some emit less than others. Online flight comparison tool Skyscanner highlights these lower emission flights so that you can make good choices when you travel.
What are your top tips for living more sustainably? Let me know in the comments!