For the past few years, we’ve seen a big shift in the world becoming more climate conscious. With so many reports and worrying statistics, many wonder what they can actually do to help the environment. After hearing that nearly everything has a bad impact on our climate, it can be overwhelming to know what to tackle first. To celebrate this World Environment Day, Spicers of Hythe have you covered with small changes you can make to live a more eco-friendly life!
Don’t throw it. Regrow it!
If you’re looking to cut down on food waste, then why not try your hand at growing some of your own food? Start by giving life to an everyday food scrap, the root end of some celery. Begin by cutting off the root end of a bunch of celery (one and a half inches from the bottom) and placing it in a shallow glass bowl or jar, make sure the water submerges an inch of the root end when doing this. Then, place the celery in a place that gets a lot of natural daylight and change the water every couple of days. After a few days, you should start seeing small leaves emerging from the top of the celery! When the roots are about an inch long, you can then plant in a pot or directly into your garden. Looking for some other kitchen leftovers you can regrow? Cabbage, fennel, garlic chives, leeks, lemongrass and avocado can be regrown too.
Cutting down on energy at home
We’re all guilty of leaving our TV or laptop on standby, so it comes as no surprise that there are lots of ways to reduce energy at home. This can include using more efficient appliances, from energy-saving lightbulbs to switching unused devices off at the plug. Another way you can help save energy is washing your clothes at a lower temperature, as washing at 30 degrees rather than 40 degrees can help. Even doing your washing up in a bowl, rather than using a running tap is said to help save money and waste.
Go vintage or second hand
Fast fashion has been fairly problematic for years now, a simple switch when shopping for new clothes, is to consider vintage and second-hand. You can find many hidden gems on Depop, eBay or in your local vintage shop (if you’re based in Kent, then Peony Vintage is a vintage shop you should definitely check out – they have a lovely online shop too). If going vintage isn’t really your thing, then you can also help the fast fashion issue by buying less and embracing what is in your wardrobe already. Other tips include looking at clothes made of more eco-friendly materials like natural fibres such as cotton and making more of an effort to DIY clothes that need a repair.
When it comes to eating food, you can make lots of little changes to your everyday life to help the environment. One of the things that has been reported on more recently, is reducing your meat intake. We’re not suggesting that you need to go vegan but cutting down on meat a couple of nights a week will help the environment. See our blog post on introducing more vegetarian meals into your diet for more tips. Another easy tip is eating as seasonally as possible, if you eat tomatoes out of season in the UK, then they are probably being produced in a big greenhouse that will use lots of resources. Another tip is buying unpackaged food at the supermarket, or opting for items that use cans and cardboard as packaging, as these are both widely recycled.
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