We know the planet is in trouble. Here's how we can help.
• Get into reusable Tupperware - Plastic waste is a huge problem. When we eat out or buy fast food that comes packaged in plastic containers, we're only adding to landfill. Buy glass Tupperware or reusable plastics.
• Don't buy bottled water! - We're lucky enough to live in a country where tap water is drinkable. Grab yourself a BPA-free water bottle and fill up at home or in the office. You'll save yourself money and save on waste too.
• Be energy wise - Change your lightbulbs to energy efficient LEDs. They use less energy, last a lot longer, and light up faster than regular lightbulbs. Sure they may be more expensive to purchase, but they'll save you money in the long run.
• Turn off the tap - So many of us have a habit of leaving the tap on when we're brushing our teeth or doing the washing. Water is such a precious resource nowadays. Let's not waste it.
• Carpool, take public transport, or ride your bike around town - Fewer cars on the road means lower emissions. Plus, with more of us working in offices and sitting most of the day, riding your bike around town can only be good for us.
• Fix stuff when it breaks.
• Come to Lightfoot Markets!
• Use cloth napkins - They last a lot longer than paper ones, and it'll save you money in the long run.
• Use tote bags for your groceries - With 380 billion plastic bags going to landfill every year, this is a no brainer. You'll save money in places that charge for plastic bags, save on waste, and look good taking your groceries home. Win-win-win.
• Grow your own food - This might be a bit difficult for some city-dwellers, but if you have a backyard or a balcony, you can start growing your own herbs and vegetables really easily. Not only does it save you money, you're saving on food miles in your meals too.
• Shop local - Support your local grocers or farmer's markets. Their products are usually more organic, have driven less miles to get to you, and you'd be supporting a small business. That's the lifeblood of healthy communities. They also use less plastic in packaging, saving on your waste.
• Eat in - It might seem like a lot of effort, but cooking your own meal at home actually saves on a few levels. If you cook say, four meals a week at home, it saves you a lot of cash, cuts down on food waste, and you'll most likely be eating healthier too.
• Eat more veggies - We're not saying stop eating meat or poultry if that doesn't fit in with your lifestyle. Just swap more of your meat-centric meals for vegetable ones. The meat industry produces more methane and carbon emissions than any other industry. Methane is more toxic to the earth's atmosphere than CO2. Plus, vegetables are full of the vitamins and minerals we need for healthy skin, hair, and immune system. It's better for you, better for the environment, go on, do it.
• Repair your shoes, handbags, and clothes when they wear down - Instead of throwing away worn shoes and clothes, take them to a shoemaker to get re-soled or get your clothes mended by a tailor. Not only do you save money in the long run, you're supporting beautiful industries that value handcrafted quality over quantity. Plus, nothing quite beats the worn-in beauty of a shoe or handbag.
• Swap or sell your unwanted clothes - Instead of throwing away your old pair of jeans, jumpers or that jacket that you're just never going to wear, find your local clothes swap, weekend market, or even online and see if you can't recycle them this way.
• Donate your unwanted clothes to a local charity - Again, there's no reason to throw away used clothes when there are so many people in need.
• Support local brands - There are so many brands out there that are sustainable, local, and ethical. By supporting local designers, you're getting one of a kind pieces, investing in quality fashion (it'll last longer and save you money), and saving on the waste of fast fashion. You're also keeping alive an industry that's fast getting overrun by mass-produced, low-quality pieces that use some of the most harmful chemicals in their production.
• Check out Greenpeace's Detox Fashion Manifesto - Besides putting our money where our values are and supporting sustainable brands, we can put pressure on brands to create fashion free from toxic chemicals.
• Do a bit of research - Find out which brands are environmentally responsible, or produce their clothes in factories that provide good working conditions and rights to their workers.