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Simple actions 2021

Simple actions you can take in 2021 that will be good for our planet

If you haven’t already made changes to your life in favour of the planet then now is a good time to start. We’ve collated some simple actions you can take in 2021.

Start with whichever one suits you best.

Reduce your food waste

By the time your fruit and veg reaches you from a supermarket it could have flown thousands of miles, while being packaged in single use plastic. One of the biggest sources of waste for the average family is the supermarket shop. It’s also one of the biggest causes of overwhelm for those looking to start living more sustainably.

By swapping to suppliers like Abel & Cole and shopping in your local zero waste shops, even partially, you can start to reduce your food shop waste – both packaging and the actual food you throw away.

Doing smaller more frequent shops and meal planning are also great ways to ensure you buy just what you need.

Take two minutes

The #2minutebeachclean foundation aims to see a world without plastic litter and pollution, and to inspire people to engage differently with their outdoor spaces.

The idea is that you do a 2-minute beach (or park) litter clean as you leave and then you post a photo to social media using the hashtag to inspire others. The foundation has set up 850 litter picking beach stations around the UK & Ireland.

Switch to a green energy supplier

An action that can take minutes, save you money and help the planet. Win, win, win.

Ditch clingfilm for vegan and beeswax wraps

Vegan and beeswax wraps offer you an easy substitute to cling film which is one of the most used single use plastics. In fact, more than 1.2 billion metres of cling film is used by households across Britain every year.

Our vegan and beeswax wraps are reusable, compostable, last up to a year, made with 100% GOTS certified organic cotton and are available in a variety of beautiful designs. They will help you to reduce food waste by keeping your food fresher for longer and are super versatile.

Review your bathroom

Our bathrooms are filled with plastic - shampoo and shower gel bottles, toothpaste tubes, toothbrushes, sanitary products, moisturiser bottles, soap dispensers, and make up. It all ends up in landfill. Start swapping some of these products.

Tackling your bathroom is a great place to begin. Take a look at Zero Waste Path for starters.

Help others help

There are so many charities out there doing incredible work on the frontline of environmental impact. Here’s three we suggest you could look into supporting:

Think before you buy

The fast fashion industry produces 10% of all humanity’s carbon emissions. Something needs to change. Think before you buy whether it’s a need or a want. Consider the supply chain and ethics of the business you’re supporting. Where you choose to spend your money makes a difference. Buy quality over quantity.

If you need some inspiration author Cait Flanders tracks her experiences of not buying for a year in The Year of Less. It’s a brutally honest account that addresses consumerism, her mental health and the financial implications of her choices.

Also consider second hand and vintage shopping with Thrift+ and Moss and Rose.

Give nature a home

Planting trees, wild-flowers, leaving areas to grow, or putting up nesting boxes and insect houses – all these things will help nature flourish. The RSPB has a brilliant bank of ideas of ways you can make a positive difference in your own garden.

It can be overwhelming to get started but know that many small changes make a big difference. If you’re after further inspiration check out our must read eco books blog.

Kelly Morel

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