1. GO PALM OIL FREE
Unnecessary and nutrient-free, your body will thank you for foregoing this sneaky substance that makes its way into certain chips n dips, but so will the planet – esp the rainforest and orangutans, as the main culprit behind their mass destruction.
Suspects: Doritos, Nutella, some cheaper chocolate, biscuits, peanut butters (pure stuff > processed & unnecessary additives)
2. MEAT-FREE MONDAY
The average meat eater can cause the death of over 8,000 animals in their lifetime. But you don’t have to be a diehard vegan to make a difference. (If you do, transition takes time, unless perhaps you watch Earthlings or Cowspiracy.) From foregoing Maccy D’s just one day a week, could find yourself becoming full-blown flexitarian 😉
3. PLASTIC & PACKAGING
You’ve probs heard, plastic ain’t so fantastic. Yet every piece of it will be around forever.
So stop with the pop. Ditch the disposables. Carry your own coffee cup, bottle of water, straw, if required. Head to bulk stores like Unpackaged in London, with your own jars.
Find some V aesthetically pleasing alternatives to reduce the amount you use at home here.
4. BUY UP/ RECYCLED
While foregoing the purchase is obviously preferable, buying recycled materials: look for post consumer plastic/ packaging – loo roll (often up to around 80%), Castile soap (100%)
5. DON’T WASH. Or do – just with natural/ biodegradable products, to reduce the nasties running into the rivers.
- Ammonium, bleach & other toxic chemicals can be easily replaced by castile soap (for home, hair and everything in between.
- Mix with bicarbonate of soda for a more exfoliating/ scrubbing effect, as I do with my hair/ also suitable for face!)
- Vinegar (a conditioning rinse for hair, also disinfects your surfaces – mix 1 part white vinegar: 1 part water)
- lemon juice (mix with olive oil for perfect wood polish).
Vinegar has long been touted as a cure all for everything cleaning (home and body, outside and in! – in the form of ACV aka apple cider vinegar). It’s just that it’s been drowned out by the branding of synthetic smelling cleaners we have grown so accustomed to.
Anyway, all highly effective AND environmental options. I’ve tried to keep it short and focus on a few key ones, but do add any extra/ edits below!