Earth Day: 6 Easy Sustainable Living Tips For Mums Who Want to Protect the Planet!
But, we all have to do our part to protect the planet and keep it healthy and thriving so our children and grandchildren can have a future. And, good news, ladies! Being more sustainable in your daily life doesn’t have to be a chore!
Contrary to popular belief, you can find easy, eco-friendly products and methods without spending time or money you don’t have on specialist items or inconvenient solutions.
So, in honour of Earth Day, our team at Conturve have decided to put together our top list of sustainable living tips for all our planet-loving mums out there!
Invest in reusable food wraps
One of the biggest environmental concerns we are currently facing is the massive pollution caused by single-use plastic. So, if there are any plastic products in your home that you can easily swap out for something more sustainable, it really is worth a shot.
Ditch plastic sandwich bags and cling film for beeswax food wraps (such as these ones from Wild and Stone) and other reusable food preserving items. Most reusable food wraps on the market are made from organic materials, come in super cute patterns and colours, and are incredibly easy to use.
Simply use the heat from your hands to help the beeswax adhere to itself when you’re wrapping up a sandwich or covering up a leftover bowl of veggies!
Or, if you’re feeling extra thrifty, follow this Good HouseKeeping tutorial on how to make your own eco-friendly beeswax food wraps totally from scratch! All you need is pure beeswax, some old tea towels, and a spare 10 minutes to put everything together.
Ditch single-use plastic bottles
Are you still buying bottled water? If the answer is yes, then it’s time to stop! Swapping out single-use plastic bottles for reusable alternatives is one of the best tips for waste reduction.
And with the amount of stylish and handy reusable bottles available on the market nowadays, there’s really no excuse!
Get everybody in your family their own personal reusable bottle to take with them as they head to nursery, school, or work. You could even buy a few spare ones to keep in the cupboards or the car just in case some of the bottles are dirty, or you forget them as you’re rushing out the door.
And if you’re thinking, ‘well, if I’m recycling my old plastic bottles, surely that can’t be too bad!’, we’ve got bad news. Unfortunately, only around 20% of recycled plastic bottles actually end up being recycled, and the rest wind up in a landfill. So do your part to keep waste down and the oceans cleaner, and stop buying bottled drinks!
Use reusable shopping bags
Ladies, we’ve all been there. You get to check out after doing your food shop, and you realise you’ve left your reusable bags at home or in the boot of your car. But using reusable shopping bags and ditching single-use plastic bags are two easy ways to be more eco friendly without even trying. So, it’s time to kick this bad habit.
There are literally thousands of tote bags and reusable shopping bags available around us. And not only are they much cuter to walk around with than a single-use supermarket shopping bag, but they don’t have to cost an arm and a leg.
And even if you do spend a bit more on your tote bag, it’s a good investment – you’ll be using it for years to come!
Not to mention, since tote bags are much more stylish and can come in so many stunning designs, they are pretty much multipurpose. We use ours as an everyday accessory to throw our purses and keys in whilst we head out for the day!
Stick to solid soap
Trust us when we say that one of the simplest ways to be eco-friendly at home is to use bars of soap. Liquid soap dispensers are usually made up of non-recyclable plastic, and liquid soap itself is no more time-saving or convenient than the humble bar of soap.
Solid soap bars are easy to use - even for children! - and they often require much less packaging than liquid soap. And they are much cheaper!
Plus, if you’re using a solid soap bar, there is much less waste! Think about the hundreds of times you threw away your plastic soap dispensers when there was still some product left inside that you couldn’t get to. When you’re using a solid bar, this kind of waste simply doesn’t happen, meaning you can get your money's worth.
And if you really want to cut back on your plastic use, you can find all sorts of solid bars for shampoo, conditioner, deodorants, and more!
Eat more plant-based meals
A sustainable living tip that some people find hard to adhere to is cutting out meat from their diet. But, we’re not here to tell you you must go completely vegan. Instead, we suggest including more plant-based meals in your and your family’s diet.
The meat industry is one of the most significant contributors to our planet’s pollution, waste, deforestation, and energy and water consumption. Yet, we only get a fraction of our daily calorie intake from meat. Therefore, eating a more balanced and plant-focused diet is an incredibly effective way to cut your household’s environmental impact.
Plus, cutting down on your family’s meat intake can also have lots of personal health benefits, such as reducing the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers. Find a whole host of delicious and nutritious plant-based recipes on BBC Good Food!
Shop with eco-conscious brands
Shopping can be a sustainability nightmare. So many brands today make poor quality items that don’t do the environment any good, and sometimes it can be hard to know if what you’re buying will end up being a waste of money.
For this reason, it’s crucial to find out more about different brands’ commitments to the environment before filling up the shopping cart.
Here at Conturve, we are incredibly dedicated to protecting and helping our planet as much as we can. That’s why we plant a new tree with every order to help combat deforestation and offset our carbon footprint!
Plus, we make sure to source and produce our materials sustainably, from our body shaper garments to our packaging. And we won’t stop here. Every year, we find more ways to reduce our carbon footprint to make Conturve as eco-conscious and ethical as it can possibly be.
Not to mention, our shapewear is designed to last! We don’t want our products to fall apart after barely any wear and end up in landfills. That doesn’t help our planet, and it certainly doesn’t help your purse.
So, if you’re searching for new shapewear, shaping bras, or even just some comfortable loungewear that won’t have you getting the dreaded eco-guilt, you know where to find us!
There we have it – our top 6 tips to live more sustainability even when you’ve got a home and a family to look after!
As you can see, being more eco-friendly doesn’t have to suck up your savings or take up all your time. Making the move to being a more conscious consumer and a greener person overall can be simple, easy, and convenient.
So what are you waiting for? There’s never been a better time than Earth Day to get you to make that shift towards sustainability and protecting our planet!
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