GO PALM OIL FREE
One of the easiest of all? Avoiding this sneaky substance that makes its way into certain chips n dips. Completely unnecessary and nutrient-free, your body will thank you for it. But so will the rainforest and orangutans, as the main culprit behind their mass destruction.
Suspects: Doritos, Nutella, some cheap chocolate, biscuits, peanut butters (get the pure stuff)
FREEZE YOUR COMPOST
Eat the plants. Then feed the plants (with the plants). It’s the circle of life. *Economy. to be exact. (=a much smaller, smell-free bin.) Just make sure to transplant to a composting facility before your housemates get angry).
The average meat eater can cause the death of over 8000 animals in their lifetime. But you don’t have to be a diehard vegan to make a difference. (Even if you do, transition takes time.) From foregoing your Maccy D’s just one day a week, before you know it you’re right on your way to becoming a conscious consumer, even a flexitarian!
REFUSE > RECYCLE > REUSE
Don’t buy glasses? Just use jars! Jam (Nutella of course a no-no, see no. 1) Remember, fingers were invented before forks, friends! Collect useful things! Instead of useless souvenirs buy a mismatch of mugs/ teacups.
QUALITY > QUANTITY
How much do we really need to be happy? A happy that’s durable, not disposable.
Spending on quality clothes, classic pieces now means less long term. Look for organic cotton, bamboo, hemp and nettles instead of the acrylic, polyester, rayon, nylon that often sneak into the mix.
DITCH THE DISPOSABLES
Stop with the pop and carry your own coffee cup to reduce plastic packaging. Head to bulk stores like Unpackaged in London
You’ve probably heard, plastic ain’t so fantastic. Get some unconventional/ pretty amazing alternatives here.
STICK A BRICK
(In your loo). You won’t notice the reduced flush and save gallons of H2O.
Clean up your cleaning act with friendlier alternatives. Use vinegar! (& citrus rinds) Minimalise your cosmetics regime. Go shampoo free! More on this to come.
WOODEN’S a GOOD ‘UN
Go second-hand/ upcycled/ reclaimed (materials) or look for the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) logo on wooden goods which certifies that the product is sustainable/doesn’t negatively impact the environment.
GROW YOUR OWN
Lettuce and spinach, tomatoes, green beans (how-to here), even the all exotic swiss chard (w/ crucial calcium for vegans)
Far-fetched but fabulous, go futuristic with vertical gardening/ hydroponics (Scandi style)
CAN’T BE PERFECT
Obviously going vegan zero-waste minimalist isn’t the answer to all the earth’s (or our) issues. There is no right answer. But better choices, less toxic chemicals pumping into our waterways, plastic poured into our oceans, added up, will make a world of difference. Even if just for one turtle.