Small Changes to Live More Consciously

Sustainable living was not something I would have even considered a few months ago. But since Zanna Van Dijk (Blogger) has started bringing up the issue on Instagram, I decided to start reading some articles and books and it is amazing how big of an impact one person can have on the planet. 



Zanna created a group on Facebook called 'Living Consciously Crew' and it is a great group of people who are all interested in learning and sharing their ideas and findings related to sustainable living. There is a strict rule that no one gets judged for what they say and it is a space for open mindedness. 
If you want to join the group then the link is below: 


I just wanted to write a short post about some of the things that I have learnt and changed in my life and what small changes you can make to make a small difference to the planet. 


Coffee Cups

At the start of 2017, the Guardian released an article including how big the coffee cup wastage actually is in the UK and the numbers were substantial. 

an estimated 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups are used in the UK each year and this amounts to over 25,000 tonnes of waste! The coffee cups that big brands give out have a plastic layer on the inside of the cups which mean that they are not recyclable and end up as landfill. 

To try to combat this, there are hundreds and thousands of different reusable coffee cups which you can buy and when you go and buy a coffee, use that instead. There are even some coffee shops which are getting on board with the idea and if you bring them the reusable cup then they will give you a discount. For example, Pret give you 25p off your drink if you use a reusable cup. 

I purchased an eCoffee cup at the website below, there are so many different colours, designs and sizes to chose from. The image is the one that I have and it is made from natural, organic bamboo fibre. 



Straws

Straws have created a lot of bad press at the moment and it is understandable why. Many people get a straw and use it just once, but it takes centuries to decompose! 

Wetherspoon have become the latest in a long list of places to stop automatically putting straws into peoples drinks and they will offer eco-friendly paper straws in over 900 of their pubs by the end of 2017. This may seem like a small thing to many but can make a massive difference to the environment. 

I have a selection of metal reusable straws which I use when I am drinking my smoothies. Although they are metal they do not give the drink a metallic taste, and they come with a little brush which makes it really easy to clean. 

These are the ones that I have: 


Fruit and Vegetables

In Supermarkets, if you walk around the fruit and vegetable aisle, you will see that most of the items are wrapped in a plastic covering. Even things like bananas and avocados, which already have a protective skin on them, are placed in a cardboard tray or wrapped in plastic. 
Next time you go to buy some avocados, bananas, kiwis, basically anything with a skin on it, don't use one of the plastic bags when you put it in the trolley, there really is no need for it! 


Drink from the Tap

Bottled water causes millions of tons of plastic waste that goes into the oceans every year! Most people believe that bottled water is better than tap water. But what people don't understand is that here in Britain we have one of the cleanest, freshest water supplies in most of Europe. 
I filled up my water bottle at university one day from the tap and one of the lecturers tried to tell me that it wasn't safe to drink the water and I should go and buy a bottle! 
So my advice would be to buy a reusable bottle made with a BPA free material, this will not only save you money on buying bottles of water and will save the oceans! 





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