Most of us underestimate the impact each takeaway container has on our planet. We tend to take the convenience for granted and often forget to consider the cost of our ease. This coming year, make sure to cut down on the amount of packaging served with your meals. Cooking your own food or eating out with reusable plates and cutlery is a sustainable alternative!
What you eat matters too. With homemade meals and restaurant visits, make sure to pick organically sourced options. For example, choose seasonal fruits and veggies at your local farmers market instead of imported ones at supermarkets. Make an active attempt to choose natural foods over packaged ones, when given the option. Craving dessert? Pick a homemade yoghurt over ice cream! Nuts and berries make for great snack alternatives to swap your chips out for!
Being a Conscious Consumer:
Pay attention to a brand’s values before buying into them. What material does this product use? How is it manufactured? Does the company contribute to social causes that help the planet? These questions take less than 2 minutes to answer and help inform your buying choices in the long term. You can now rest assured that you’ve made a purchase that’s good for you and the world!
Once you’ve informed yourself on what each brand stands for, choose the ones that are best for you in the long run. Always remember, quality over quantity. The greater the quality, the lesser your overall footprint. In this case, the product is also likely to last much longer and keep you from buying more. Check out these sustainable skin care and outdoor clothing brands that will last you in the long haul.
Mind Your Footprint:
The biggest mistake we make through our sustainability journeys is mindlessness. We try to keep our ecological footprints at the back of our heads but often, that isn’t enough. This year, aim to keep a log of the waste you’ve generated. It doesn’t have to be too specific – a weekly log of your single-use plastics is also a good place to start! This is also a good way to track your progress if you’re looking to go zero waste!
Despite your most earnest efforts, you’re still bound to generate a bunch of waste – at least towards the beginning of your journey. Even if it is a small amount, don’t turn a blind eye to it – recycle or offset it instead! Offsetting is a simple way to reduce the amount of waste you put into the world while creating social impact too!