8 Ways to Work Sustainability into Your Everyday
"51% of us want to know what we can do to become more sustainable" - ELLE UK
According to ELLE UK’s sustainability-dedicated September issue, an increasing percentage of us want to know what we can do to become more ethical. Highlighting how, as consumers, we often have the best intentions when it comes choosing products that tick our boxes for ethics, sustainability and health.
However making the right choice can sometimes result in a barrage of baffling information! Which is why we’ve selected 8 simple things to help you on your way to making the right decisions without becoming overwhelmed…
1. Switch Your Search Engine
Ecosia is an alternative search engine that takes the ad revenue they generate, and gives a hefty sum to organizations that plant trees where they’re needed most. All that’s needed is a simple browser extension download, and you search like normal.
Image Credit: Ecosia. Ecosia uses search ad revenue to plant trees where they are needed the most.
2. Make Your Weekly Shop More Ethical
Launched in May, Giki assesses a product’s sustainability, health and fairness credentials by awarding it up to 12 “badges”: organic, recyclable packaging, local (UK made), low carbon footprint, responsibly sourced, no chemicals of concern, free from additives, healthier, animal welfare, no animal testing, greener cosmetics and kinder cleaning. Users scan a product’s barcode to get its ratings in each category. Where a product scores poorly, alternatives are suggested.
3. Find a Place to Fill Your Water Bottle
Single-use plastic bottles are expensive to produce, use up valuable natural resources to make and transport and create mountains of waste once they’ve served their short-term purpose. Launched in 2015, Refill is a handy little app that helps you find nearby water bottle refilling stations so that you don’t have keep on buying plastic bottles.
4. Get a Sustainable Smartphone Case
Pela Case are the world’s first 100% compostable, eco-friendly iPhone and Android phone case company working towards plastic free oceans. The “Flaxstic” material is sturdy, yet will disappear once you discard the case.
5. Discover Karma
1/3 of all food produced is wasted, to mitigate against this, the Karma app helps you find surplus food from restaurants, cafes and grocery stores to enjoy for half the regular price.
6. Follow a More Eco-Friendly Beauty Regime
With sea-polluting plastic microbeads officially outlawed, the case for sustainable beauty has never been stronger. Opt for recyclable packaging, and choose natural products over harsh chemicals. We particularly love brands that source their ingredients in a sustainable way, such as MOA, CIME and our Brixton Village neighbours Suneeta Cosmetics who champion zero-waste packaging.
7. Buy Better From the Brands You Trust
The Good On You app provides trusted ethical brand ratings for more than 1,100 fashion brands, giving you the power to check a brand for its impact on people, the planet and animals. And if you’re not happy with how your favourite brand rates, Good On You will help you find new brands that are working hard to make a difference.
8. Ditch the Plastic Applicators
THINX provide period-proof underwear that protects you from leaks and keeps you feeling dry. Using a patented four-layer technology system, THINX underwear can help you avoid an estimated 300 pounds of waste over a lifetime – and their Giveback program subsidizes sanitary products in developing countries.