Because of erroneous labelling, claimed advantages, and flaws in scientific research and/or public access, simple, ordinary behaviours that we thought were benefiting the earth may really be hurting it. So after doing some research we thought we’d share our findings with you guys, to ensure we improve our habits for a more sustainable future.
1. Rethink Buying More Bags
When it comes to shopping, there are five eco-friendly blunders to avoid.
Think twice about buying more bags.
When tote bags were promoted as a more environmentally friendly alternative to plastic bags, they seemed to appear out of nowhere. These cotton bags appeared to be a terrific method to eliminate plastic, with funny statements written on them and a range of colours and forms to choose from.
While the buildup of plastic remains an issue, the manufacture of cotton bags has an environmental impact because they wind up in landfills. If there’s one method to deal with this issue, it’s to keep the bags you already have and avoid buying more.
2. Don’t Buy for the sake of it
You don’t have to buy a product just because it has a “green” or “sustainable” label on it, especially if you already own a different version of it. Purchasing anything solely because it claims to be environmentally friendly, especially if you already own a product, runs counter to the concept of sustainability. Use your things till they’re completely worn out.
3. Recycling Correctly
Certain things, such as plastic bottles or paper cartons, are easy to spot and toss into the recycling bin. However, did you realise that improper recycling can be harmful to the environment? If certain items are not properly recycled, such as electronics or pizza boxes with grease, they end up in a landfill because they can contaminate the recycling plant.
The greatest thing you can do is look up your city or county’s recycling regulations or protocols and adhere to them as closely as possible to ensure that items that should be recycled are recycled.
4. Learning to Read Labels
Many products claim to be “eco-friendly” or “sustainable” when they aren’t.
Understanding labels and logos is the most important thing you can do. Furthermore, some products may only be marginally green or sustainable, and hence may not be environmentally beneficial. Always read the ingredient list and get as much information about them as possible.
5. Eco-Friendly Clothes
When shopping online, eco-friendly clothing is easy to come by. However, eco-friendly clothing can be very expensive at times, and it is not always in everyone’s eco-friendly buying budget to keep an eco-friendly wardrobe.
If you want to buy eco-friendly garments, be sure they are made from sustainable resources and are made in a sustainable manner.
Buying used clothing is one answer to this problem. Buying used garments helps to limit the amount of clothing that ends up in landfills. It also reduces the demand for new clothes and conserves water, as water is used extensively in the clothing manufacturing process. Alternatively, clothes swapping is more eco friendly way of updating your wardrobe. By extending your clothes life span by just 9 months it can reduce your environmental impact by 25-30%. – Ellen MacArthur Foundation. By joining up with swap shops such as Swopped Ltd, you’ll be saving the environment as well updating your wardrobe! Just send your clothes into Swopped to get instant credits that can be used on Swopped’s online swop shop.
6. Going green all at once
Living a more sustainable lifestyle involves taking small steps, and learning what changes make sense for your family. Trying to change everything all at once can lead to green burnout – and making choices that aren’t necessarily good for the environment.
7. Trusting All Clean Beauty and Wellness Products
Tim Hollinger, co-founder of Bathing Culture says “There’s no official definition of the word ‘natural’ when it comes to personal care brands, so watch out for companies that plaster that word all over their packaging.”
Keep an eye out for brands that use fake wood or plant images, as well as wood-plastic composite containers that try to look “natural” despite the fact that their components aren’t. The ingredients hold the key to the truth. Even so, some clean products contain dangerous ingredients that, after being rinsed away, end up in the drain. Some exfoliants, for example, contain granules that do not dissolve in water and contribute to pollution.
It can be difficult to switch completely to sustainable products so ease your way into it. Before you know it you’’ll become an Eco warrior.