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How You Can Make A Difference

Updated: Dec 7, 2023

''We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly.

We need millions of people doing it imperfectly”

The topic of climate change and the environment is a huge subject with many, many sub headings, so many in fact that it can be really hard to know where to start and many of us are asking the question “How can I make a difference”

The answer to this very big question is very simple, “One Step at A Time”.

Starting Small

The best way to make long term changes that will make a difference is to start small, once a change is secured and embedded you can go onto the next one and the next one, starting with the easy swaps like using re-usable products may cost more money in initial outlay but over time these changes could save you money.

Using silicone or wax wraps instead of clingfilm and using re-usable makeup wipes instead of cotton wool are a couple of examples.

Review your rubbish

Another way of looking at where changes can be made is by looking at the contents of your rubbish bin. Can anything you are throwing away be changed for re-usable items? can you make changes in your shopping habits so things can be recycled instead of thrown, buying products in glass containers instead of plastic (Replace squirty mayo with glass jar mayo as an example), buying products in cardboard containers instead of plastic bags etc.

Reducing Landfill

Another thing to look at in your rubbish bin is how much more of this can be recycled? It is surprising to see just how much of the rubbish we throw away can actually can be recycled. Recycling plastic is not the long term solution but it’s still better than sending it to landfill.

Replace Your Recycling

Once you have tackled your bin and made changes there have a look at your recycling, can you make any changes to reduce the amount of plastic you are recycling? Swapping to glass containers, or using a refill service? Milk bottle deliveries are becoming very popular again and although more expensive than supermarket milk sold in plastic bottles, the money you save in other areas can help to offset these costs. Some local stores also provide a milk refill service.

Next steps…

There are many more ways to make changes to your life,

  • shopping locally/ethically,

  • using your car less and walking more,

  • repairing things instead of replacing with new,

  • buying second hand clothes instead of buying new,

  • meal planning to reduce waste,

  • using leftovers, cooking from scratch

By making these changes you are telling big corporations and supermarkets that you are not happy with the way things are, and by not buying as much from them in your weekly shop sends a message that you are willing to spend your money with the people that do share your ethics on the environment, and are willing to make changes to support our world.

Please have a look around our website and get some more ideas on where to start, or how to further your journey to becoming plastic free!

And Remember.....

“We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly”

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