I’ve been worrying about the world lately. Not politically speaking, that worries me as well given how f**ked it all feels at the moment but that's a whole different kettle of fish. I'm worried for the environment. The planet. I know, dull right? But I just can't help it.
Rubbish. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Farming. Industry. Whales dying on beaches because their innards are filled with crap that we've thrown away. The horrendous smog I encountered in Hong Kong. The entire fast fashion industry. It weighs heavily on my shoulders.
I'm not going to turn into a smug preachy eco-blogger or anything like that. That'd be a bit rich coming from someone who's done two long haul flights in the last year. But I believe there are plenty of small practical ways that we can all stop being so damn wasteful. Maybe it's the effect of living in London for the last 9 years or so. Seeing mountains of rubbish piling up everyday after people have bought their (wrapped-in plastic) lunches and guzzled a (plastic) bottle of water which all gets tossed with little thought. Or maybe it's because I just give a damn.
For a while I’ve been making a conscious effort to shop less and shop more ethically. (It’s true, we have reached peak stuff in our household.) And I've found it easier than I thought. Here’s the small ways I’m making my life a little greener:
1. A reusable water bottle. I bought a stainless steel Klean Canteen bottle last year so I'd never buy another plastic bottle of water again (I've bought two or three since when I've been caught short). I'd buy a smaller one of these now because it's a wee bit heavy to lug around when it's full. But I like it, the water tastes nice, and there's no nasty BPAs to worry about. ( I also have an old Keepcup for coffee on the run).
2. Farewell clingfilm. I haven't bought clingfilm for years. An old housemate of mine years ago told me it was evil and that's always stayed with me. It's not recyclable so it's all headed for landfill. (A later housemate used to wrap her already wrapped block of cheese in clingfilm. Really love? It's already wrapped. Pop it in a container if you're so worried about fridge germs.) I bought some reusable fabric bowl covers, and use cups, glass containers and bowls to store things in the fridge. I also have reusable sandwich wraps but they don't quite cover a sourdough bread sandwich or so the boyfriend tells me. He uses paper wrap for his lunch instead.
3. eBay. I'm addicted to eBay. I sell things that I'm bored with as a way of clearing out. And it's the first place I look when I'm after something. Things that have my way recently include; a copper plant pot, a vintage blue slip, a hand-thrown ceramic jar and a copper cup (slightly obsessed). Anything that doesn't go the way of eBay, goes to the charity shop or outside on the wall. One of the joys of living in London, means people leave stuff outside for others. It's a great way of recycling and finding new things. I re-use all my packaging when posting things I've sold on eBay.
4. Fruit and veg. I try to go the markets or grocery shops locally, and then do one shop a week from an online veg box company like Abel & Cole or Riverford. This really minimises the amount of packaging we get. I hate my veg wrapped in plastic and I was mortified when I came to the UK by how prepared and packaged everything is. It just makes me feel sick. Honestly, who can't be bothered chopping a carrot? I just cannot see myself ever being too busy to chop a bloody carrot. Maybe I'll change my tune when we have kids but I doubt it. I use these for storing my veg in the fridge (also double a laundry bags!).I haven't yet taken them to the markets (I'd feel like a total tosser) as I normally throw everything in my bag as is but you certainly could.
5. Making lunch. When I work in a client's office, I make a big pot of either Italian or Moroccan red lentil soup and divvy it up into 5 portions for the week. It always tastes better than anything I'd buy and I save up my eating out money for when we go out for lunch as a team. If I'm working from home it's usually salad for lunch, leftovers or something else quick. It's way cheaper and I find buying my lunch incredibly boring because it all tastes so bland after a while. Unnecessary packaging and gross sandwiches avoided.
It's not about being perfect. But hell, I TRY. Do you have any suggestions? Tread lightly my friends x
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