Clothes shopping isn’t something that endears us to Mother Earth when it comes to protecting the planet we live in. As a result of a growing number of swap shops, however, you can feel free to make your fashion statement without contributing to the estimated £100 million worth of clothing waste going to UK landfill each year. The concept that has been termed “swishing” is basic: You take your unwanted clothes to a particular event with the purpose of swapping them for other people’s clothes that you feel would be a better fit for your current style.
Use a sugar scrub
Microbeads have been a popular option when producing a number of different products, such as toothpaste, shower gels, and face scrubs. However, besides being potentially bad for your health, the small pieces of plastic can be dangerous to the environment by finding their way into the ocean once they’ve been washed down the sink. Fortunately, the beauty industry has responded in a bid to prevent manufacturers adding microbes to personal care products and cosmetics. It’s always best to read the ingredients to be on the safe side, however. Another option is to add such biodegradable natural products like sugar to create lip scrubs, face masks, and more.
Go veggie once a week
A University of Oxford study revealed that reducing dairy and meat from your diet could result in up to a 73% reduction in your carbon footprint. This would see a significant decrease in greenhouse gas emissions, but it would also free up wild land that has been lost to agriculture, which is among the main reasons behind the mass extinction of wildlife. While going vegan isn’t convenient for everyone, you can contribute by going without meat one day per week, and on the remaining six days, you can do even more by choosing only to eat sustainably raised products. With regards to fish, try and stick to eating just line and rod-caught fish, as methods of industrial fishing can result in significant harm to sharks and dolphins.
Get to grips with best before dates
Trying to understand food labels can be a confusing task, especially with regards to best before dates. The National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI) conducted a study that saw over half of those who responded admitting that they understand how best before dates work, highlighting the confusion as being among the main causes of mass food waste.
While fish, meat, and dairy have to include dates as there are risks involved if they’re consumed after the given date, a best before date indicates that we can still eat them. Eating them after the given date just lets us know that they won’t be at their best. Fortunately, supermarkets are starting to act to make things clearer. Tesco, for example, announced that it would do away with best before dates on close to 70 vegetable and fruits products, which would certainly help to eradicate some confusion.