12 Simple Swaps to (start to) Save the world

It sounds a bit crazy right? As if its that easy?!…but it could be… Because in reality thats all it takes, enough people making small changes. And once you start..who knows where you’ll go!

You Make A Difference!

We all made a difference getting us to this point and each time someone makes a change, however small it may seem, it tips the scales a little the other way.
Tip those scales. You know you want to!

1. Eat less meat.

Studies show that the number one thing that we can all do that will have the biggest positive impact on climate change is to eat less meat.
You don’t have to cut it out entirely, but reducing by maybe having one or two veggie or vegan days a week is a great start.

2. Reuseable drinks Containers

In the UK we use 13 BILLION plastic water bottles a year, and 2.5 BILLION single use coffee cups.  By getting a reusable water bottle and coffee cup you would certainly be part of the solution. Try these

3. Avoid Single use Plastic.

We are set to be known as the plastic age. Is it just me that finds that rather depressing, when you think of all the other amazing stuff we have going on?

It can be a challenge getting out of the single use plastic habit but it is do-able. Refusing plastic straws, stirrers, buying loose fruit and veg , taking your own containers for meat, fish etc. Is a great place to start.
Seeing if you have a refill shop or zero waste shop near you and switching your shop to there, is great too!

Or you could just start here – In the UK we use 745,000 Miles of clingfilm a year, enough to go around the world 30x! A simple switch to Beeswax Wraps could save many of those miles.  You can find out more about them HERE.

4. Swap Your toiletries.

There are some great zero waste options for toiletries now available, from
shampoo bars to toothpaste jarsFriendly Soap Lavender & Geranium Shampoo Bar
And deodorants too.
The great news is that they are also *usually* made with more natural ingredients and fewer chemicals, making them better for you and the environment too.
Switching your toothbrush for a bamboo or beech wood toothbrush is another great swap for the environment.

5. Avoid Fast fashion.

The fashion industry is one of the most polluting on the planet. And is a triple threat, being damaging to the land, the air and the water. Fast fashion creates a huge extra demand on resources that is simply unsustainable, and often exploits workers too. By opting for better quality items they last longer, look better and can easily be mixed and matched to give a timeless look.

6. Litter

One man’s trash…is probably yours too, but if you see some please pick it up.

For my recent birthday, we took a trip to the coast to see the seals. This is the time of year when they are all up on the beaches to have their young.  It was lovely to see them, but it was very sad to see the litter that they were having to put up with.  And not all of it was a result of having been washed up from the sea. There were disposable coffee cups dropped by other visitors, chocolate bar wrappers and drinks cans.

If you have some spare time you could see about collecting some litter near you, or if you are already walking combine it with a litter pick.  You and I both know that it is not glamorous or even a particularly appealing prospect. But you could literally be saving a life, Keep Britain Tidy estimates that around 2.9 million small mammals die each year as a result of litter.

I don’t know why people litter, if you do, please stop, there are things id rather be doing than picking it up.

7. Make your laundry, cleaner.

We have written extensively about how changing your laundry products can have a big environmental impact, so if me just saying switch up your laundry products for more environmentally friendly ones, (you can find them HERE) isn’t enough then you can read more about it in these blogs-  Laundry1, Laundry2, Laundry3!

8. Grow your Own.

Any amount of fruit or veg you can grow at home is great. It adds some biodiversity to the lawn culture and it has been shown to improve health and happiness.

As well as giving you some great tasting and fresh food. It is educational for children and has literally zero food miles.

If you don’t have a big garden then you can grow in pots (strawberries, potatoes, beans for example) if you don’t have a garden at all then you can grow some crops in window boxes (herbs, lettuce, spinach, strawberries for example)

9. Cleaning Up.

How many cleaning products do you use around your home? How many chemicals are under your kitchen sink? With a few swaps to more eco friendly alternatives you can – Save money, cut the chemicals going into the water ways, reduce the air pollution in your home, which is often worse than outside!  Simple swaps like – white vinegar, a real wonder product. If you would like more info on this and the simple swaps you can make you can find it HERE and HERE.

10. Go Wild.

Help out wildlife in your area by setting aside some of your garden, for some wildflowers.

It can be easily done just by scattering some Seedballs, they contain seeds, compost and natural pest deterrent to help as many seeds grow as possible.  You could also set up a some wildlife homes, using some stacked logs, bird houses or bug hotels. If you dont have room in your garden, or a garden at all, then you can always spread a little wildflower love out and about!

11. Have a waste free period.

Long Panty Liners WrappedProbably safe to say that this is nobodies favourite time of the month. But should the whole world suffer for it? (Not including your other half, they should of course suffer right along with you! 😉 )

The average woman uses 11,000 sanitary products in her lifetime and many of those products end up in our oceans and on our beaches.

Mooncup Size A

They also contain a surprising amount of plastic and synthetic fibres which are not always the best for your body. There are some great alternatives from Mooncups, to reusable pads to natural pads and tampons. To find out more Click Here.

12. Single use wipes.

A source of ‘hidden plastic’ in the home. Single wipes often end up in the
environment by being flushed or blown away, and if sent to landfill will not decompose.  You can make your own reusable wipes, from old clothes or towels.

You could also use Bamboo towels which are washable and reusable up to 85x!
Or there are Biodegradable wipes like THESE from Ecozone. Although we still don’t recommend you flush them.

So there you go, whether you change one thing or 12, do all at once or one a month for 12 months, you will have made a positive difference and as cliched as it sounds, changed the world.

The world’s only 100% renewable detergent

Have you ever gone to put a load of laundry in your washing machine … and then realised you’re out of detergent?? It happens to the best of us!

Washing powders, laundry liquid and the ubiquitous laundry liquitabs can hurt our pockets in more ways than one.
You know, no-one talks about how to save the planet AND save money at the same time! Let me tell you a secret about how YOU can!
soap nuts These days, the smart money is on environmentally-conscious, money-saving products … ones that deliver reliable results! The humble item I’m about to share with you fits the bill on all three counts: it saves money, it’s sustainable, and folks like you and I are delighted with the results.

It’s a curious thing but people are often sceptical about anything new, particularly anything unusual-looking. When you first see a soapberry you wonder how on Earth this truly strange-looking item can possibly be used in laundry or for making gentle shampoo! “What is this thing?” I hear you ask. The Indian Soapberry or Soapnut – Sapindus Mukorossi, to give it its Latin name – comes from the same genus as the lychee. Its properties are inherent in its name: ‘sapo’ meaning ‘soap’ and ‘indicus’ meaning ‘of India’.

The trees are highly prized in rural India; the wood is used in construction and the fruit as a source of revenue. The organically-grown berries contain a high proportion of natural saponin or mild soap which is gentle on sensitive skin.
Ecologically this is a sustainable, entirely renewable resource; the fruit is harvested and sun-dried, the seeds removed and planted to ensure crops for future generations. Sapindus Mukorossi has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries to nourish and hydrate skin and hair, and laboratory tests show it to have mildly antimicrobial properties.

Customers across the country are delighted with the results even if the vast majority of them were sceptical at first about using something so out-of-the-ordinary to wash their clothes. “Try them. You won’t regret it!” we hear again and again.

– Soapnuts are most effective in your washing machine on a 30, 40 or 60-degree wash and can also be used for handwashing.
–  Proven to be safe for sensitive skin – yet delivering startlingly good results reliably enough to convert the most hardened sceptic.
– The mild suds care for your fabrics and keep colours bright with no need for artificially-perfumed conditioner.
– Each handful of dried berries is reusable for up to four to six washes, after which they can be composted.
– They have become an extremely popular, effective and money-saving alternative to regular laundry detergents in some circles.
– They are great to take if your are travelling too. Even if you’ve spilled washing powder or squashed liquitabs all over your luggage in the past, there’s no danger of mess with soapnut shells! They’re lightweight and space-saving, too!

soapnut salve

The Indian Soapberry is also used in producing natural skin balms and healing salves, as well as in making solid shampoo and body wash bars. All of these are perfect for sensitive skin and for anyone trying to cut down on their plastic waste.

Yes, you CAN shine your environmentally-friendly halo, knowing that soapnuts actually work … and save you money! If you’re on a “journey to zero waste”, looking for ways to save money now that your family has expanded or you are simply trying to find something that does not irritate your skin then the gentle Indian Soapberry is well worth looking into!

And you can do that HERE! 

By Nicola Broadsmith,