Small steps to a colossal impact.

Okay so we read the inspiring article on why reducing plastic is so important and like I pointed out, naturally, we will have had a wave of guilt. Momentarily. The question now is how we can apply that to our daily lives and quite literally, save our planet.

Just to be clear, I have never been particularly pushy with my opinions on saving the planet, but this is actually because I didn’t really understand it myself. Yes we know that we need to recycle and we know that our rubbish ends in our oceans, but for me, I never really understood why some things couldn’t be recycled, and what it meant by chemicals in landfills. Cue huge brain fog. When we break it down into simpler language rather than a ton of environmental jargon it starts to make more sense. 

Now we understand it a little bit more, it’s time to start making changes to our 2021 lifestyle. As I was researching ways to reduce your plastic intake, it got me thinking about the cost of it. Changing everything to plastic free is quite unrealistic for (huge stereotype here but here goes), the majority of people? Nipping to the shop at 10pm when you’ve forgotten to buy milk for breakfast is now made slightly more difficult because you need to buy milk in a glass bottle (if you don’t like the preserved milk). Also, milk in a glass bottle is more expensive than milk in a carton. If you were to make these changes all at once I imagine it would feel quite overwhelming, not only to your memory (remembering re-usable bags, sustainable coffee cups) but also a shock to your finances. That’s why I’m pledging you start with small changes. Take week one and change one thing (maybe the bags you take to the supermarket). If everyone took one small change at a time, there would be a rippling effect which would eventually lead to a colossal environmental impact. 

Whilst writing this I have also thought about global brands and the impact they have. We know they have a bigger stomp on the market than we do, so why aren’t they making huge changes to their businesses for us to follow suit? Sure, they have made minor changes. Take McDonalds for example, changing their straws from plastic to cardboard – amazing! Starbucks now take 25p off your order if you bring in a reusable cup (I think more people would get on board with this if they increased that to a £1 – I’m a self-confessed Starbucks addict so that is purely selfish, but you get my point) If I knew I was getting £1 knocked off my order every time, would I remember a reusable cup? I absolutely would. My question now is how can we encourage bigger brands to make a bigger impact? Boycott and shop small and sustainable? I’ll leave that with you.

So what small steps could we do in our day to day lives to make positive changes? Here’s a few:

Have a look at the things you generally only use once; Coffee cups, plastic shopping bags, straws, that cute little spork from your Tesco meal deal and replace them with reusable alternatives! They say it takes 28 days to break a habit, so why not start this July and see if you have become completely accustomed to it by August.
  • Stop buying water. Out of the 50 billion bottles of water being bought each year, 80% end up in a landfill. Yikes! There is a plethora of different material water bottles out there for us to buy, so make sure you take it with you on your daily travels. Tip- Keep one in your car (if you commute), on your desk (if you work in an office) or in your bag! 

Livewell Studio top picks is our Hello Sunshine bottle which changes colour with cold water to a bright pink. It shows you the water level and fits perfectly in your bag!

  • Keep recycling! Only 10-13% of our waste is recycled, when we have a bin right outside our doors. Next time you open your normal bin at home, think, step outside and recycle. Also make use of the recycling bins out and about, they’re there for a reason!
  • Bulk buy! Although it may seem easier buying several small items, if you can bulk buy items- do it! For example, Holiday sized toiletries (yes they’re cute but let’s get serious) and yoghurts. Bulk food also streamlines the transportation needed for delivery, helping to reduce CO2 emissions.
  • Talk about it! May seem daft, but talking about it can help others make small changes too. We are often inspired by the work of those closest around us. Let’s teach our children, talk to our friends, vote for leaders who support the well-being of our environment and buy from businesses that use sustainable materials!

We can make a global difference through our own habits. So let’s make a conscious effort to ditch the convenient and disposable products and make small steps to a sizeable change. 

Written by Hollie Wilkinson

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