Reducing my impact on the planet is something that I’m passionate about. Sustainability has never been more important. People are being more and more informed about the need to be sustainable. Sustainable development will mean cleaner air and oceans, less animals being at risk of extinction and more efficient energy systems.
For this post, I’ve asked some of the best UK Bloggers to share their top tips for promoting sustainability.
Marina: Start with Small Changes
“Living a sustainable life is all about focussing on the small changes we can begin to make on a regular basis in order to start respecting the planet more. Not all of us have the facilities to purchase solar panels and electric cars – just eating local produce, reusing and recycling household objects and reducing energy and water consumption in the home can be easy steps towards a more sustainable lifestyle. If all of us play our role and do what we can, the results will be phenomenal.“ – Marina Writes Life
Gill: sustainable fashion
“Have a wardrobe edit and rather than binning things, selling them on eBay/Depop, arrange clothes swaps with friends/donate to charity. You can see if there are clothes that you can get altered by a seamstress. If there are clothes that have seen better days, you can cut them up into squares and use as cloths for cleaning rather than them going to landfill.“ – Gill the Glasgow Girl
Vicky: Buy Secondhand
“It’s sometimes better to reuse materials already in circulation like buying secondhand or repurposing items at home instead of buying new items. Also saves money too.“ – Vicky from the Growing Mum
Adele: Switch to Green Energy
“Most energy providers now offer a green alternative. Ask your provider if they have a more eco friendly tariff that you can switch to. If they don’t offer a green option it might be time to look elsewhere. I switched to Bulb last year; they provide 100% renewable electricity and 100% carbon neutral gas.” Adele from Dull to Desirable
You can also switch to an ethical bank and only put your money into ethical investments (including your pension).
Lindsay: lead by example
“Whether you inspire your local church group to ditch the single-use disposables for events, persuade your school to remove plastic straws from the dining room, encourage your boss to create a sustainability action plan at work or influence your climate-denying uncle to invest in a reusable coffee cup, our actions and choices create ripples. Slowly but surely, we can demonstrate a different way of doing things, and create a new normal.“ – Lindsay from Treading My Own Path
Michael: Sustainable Commuting
Practicing a green commute is important for not only personal health, but also for ensuring that we have a healthy planet. There are many ways to be a green commuter. If you live close enough to your place of work, walking can be a great option. Micheal shares more sustainable commuting alternatives below.
- “Buy a second-hand bicycle and start using it to commute everywhere.
- Take the stairs over the elevator. This also doubles up as a leg workout.
- Use public transport. It’s also an excellent opportunity to catch up on reading and other things you couldn’t do if you were driving.
- Organise carpools to work, sports, events and other activities. There are some services where you can find people to commute with for interstate travel.
- If available, use rent-a-bike services in your city.
- Ditch your car and embrace car-free living.
- But, if you’re in the market for a new car, invest in electric-powered vehicles.
- Reduce the amount of time you spend taking flights.”
Helen: Recycle, upcycle, repurpose
Eliminate waste and protect your environment by reducing what you use, reusing what you can and recycling when you no longer have a use for something. You can extend your definition of recycling by including up cycling and repurposing.
“Keep old jars – I make my own stock and repurpose the jars to store it. I endeavour to not waste anything I can possibly utilise. I have a cupboard of the most eclectic things, which at some point invariably come in handy!“ – Helen from Parenting Fails and Pigtails
More Sustainability Tips
Here are some of the articles I’ve already published on the topic of sustainable living.