My Top Tips for Eco LivingHolly By Heart
By Holly by Heart
Instead of my usual rants about how hard it is to cut plastic from my life, I’m going to share some of my top tips that I’ve learned along the way!
1. Give yourself a break. If you fall off the wagon, you will get back on again. You haven’t lost so don’t give up.
2. Do what you can with what you have. Don’t go chucking out all the plastic in your house to replace with shiny new bamboo bits and bobs. Make do for the lifetime of that item and replace with something better next time.
3. Decisions are subjective and not set in stone. Try out a new product and if you don’t like it, don’t buy it again. This goes for usability as well as ethics.
4. Keep the goal in sight. Plastic isn’t the enemy. Single use plastic and single use anything is. The only thing ‘disposable’ I like is income, so bear that in mind when considering using anything. If you can take something home and reuse it, do it!
5. Reduce, reuse, recycle. In an ideal world recycling would be more efficient but we’re a long way off that. In the mean time reduce what you can, reuse what you can and recycle what’s left.
6. Second hand is not second best. If you need something that you don’t have, buying second hand is the most eco friendly option (second only to borrowing).
7. Buy well, buy once. This has been my downfall in the past. I’m easily swayed by price so often buy cheap. And yes, I do end up buying twice! A quality item will outlive a cheap one and will pay for itself over time.
8. Change doesn’t happen overnight. If enough of us make these changes, retailers will take note. Governments will notice and things will change. It will take time so stick with it, tell your friends and let’s see if we can change the world together!