Plastic Free Challenge for Lent
DAILY ECO TIP 15
Instead of buying a new phone or product, why not do some research and look for second-hand versions. Sometimes a small beauty defect like a scratch can knock off hundreds of pounds. Communities such as Facebook Marketplace and Ebay are thriving with products that are basically new or slightly used for a fraction of the original price.
DAILY ECO TIP 14
We get a lot of unneeded paper mail at our door, ranging from promotions to bank statements. So, how about changing all paper mail to virtual one instead. Most banks do this and over the course of a year you might be saving stacks of paper that would have otherwise gone to the bin.
DAILY ECO TIP 13
Did you know that of the 39,000 capsules produced worldwide every minute, 29,000 end up in landfills. Only you can help reduce that number through using a French press! They don’t require a filter and the grounds are fully compostable. Also, aim to buy Fairtrade coffee beans as they sometimes come in plastic-free packaging.
DAILY ECO TIP 12
We go through heaps of toilet paper and waste so much plastic on packaging. So, one of the best ways to go plastic-free is to change toilet paper brands. Places like WhoGivesACrap are perfect if you are looking for great price and quality, while still keeping the planet in mind.
DAILY ECO TIP 11
If you are a pet owner, then you know how many plastic toys you go through. So, why not invest in some plastic-free ones? Also, having a ceramic bowl can be a better alternative to a flimsy plastic one.
DAILY ECO TIP 10
Using plastic pens again and again can build up over time. So, an eco-friendly alternative would be using fountain pens. These pens can help reduce your plastic usage. You can also opt for refillable ballpoint pens.
DAILY ECO TIP 9
You may have heard of metal straws before and brushed them off, but this is one of the best ways to reduce your plastic usage when you are at a restaurant. Also, they go great with a cold milkshake.
DAILY ECO TIP 8
We are using masks on a daily basis, so why not help the planet with reusable ones. All you have to do is give it a good wash and voila, good as new!
DAILY ECO TIP 7
Save money on constantly buying new spray bottles for your home and instead make your own version. All you need is 1 part vinegar and 3 parts water for an effective solution. You can either buy a reusable glass bottle or simply save your old cleaning bottles for your new solution.
DAILY ECO TIP 6
Crazily enough most of our chewing gum contains plastics. The polymer is similar to the ones used in car tyres. So, how about changing to a plastic free stick of gum? Brands such as Chewsy and Truegum are great alternatives to adopt.
DAILY ECO TIP 5
We want to highlight that deodorant brands like Wild and Biork are great if you want to help the planet while smelling great. All their packaging is plastic free and completely natural, so why not try one out today?
DAILY ECO TIP 4
Whenever we shop fruit and veg, we normally use the plastic bags provided. However, if we bring our own reusable bag, we will be doing the planet a big favour by reducing our plastic usage.
DAILY ECO TIP 3
This one is for all the coffee lovers out there. You may not know this but we use 7 million disposable coffee cups every day. And that’s only in the UK! Perhaps a BYO cup discount sounds a lot better now?
DAILY ECO TIP 2
Whenever you want to give someone a present, try to support sellers who incorporate eco-friendliness into their products. Use websites like Etsy or Friendly Turtle to show someone how much you care with an eco-friendly gift!
DAILY ECO TIP 1
The first of many eco tips to come! A lot of our plastic waste comes from the bathroom, and so by switching to eco-friendly alternatives, we can reduce our plastic usage by a lot. Below are the links to take the first step and order some toothpaste tablets.
Philippa is raising money for CAFOD 'Walk for Water Challenge' by walking 10,000 steps each day through Lent. This will help to raise money for CAFOD to install solar powered water pumps. Some people in Ethiopia have to walk 10 hours a day to collect water for their families. If you are interested in sponsoring Philippa, please click here. Thank you.
Did you know that the UK currently uses over 2 billion cotton buds every year? You can help reduce this number by using compostable cotton buds. A good option are the BamBaw Cotton Buds from this website, where you can buy a pack of 400 for £4.50 with both the packaging and the buds themselves 100% compostable.
43% of our carbon footprint comes from our own home environment. We all need to consider lowering our energy consumption to meet the levels agreed globally. Have you taken advantage of the government grant scheme to reduce your energy costs - two thirds of the cost of improvements or up to £5,000? Check out this website. Get quotes from eco firms they endorse, fill in a form online and submit it. Bob's your uncle!
Between 29-31 January, the RSPB invites us to do a Garden Bird Watch count. For an hour next weekend, sit inside with a coffee and record the birds that come to your garden. To register, get the bird identity chart and instructions click here.
The Ten Commandments of Food, proposed by World Council of Churches (WCC)