This year, we’re turning the conversation around carbon footprints on its head.
We don’t want to feel like we are cutting anything out of our lives. So, we have come up with seven easy ways that we can improve our carbon footprint by focusing on things that we can add into our lives instead. Sustainable swaps for less environmentally-friendly alternatives. It’s all in the change of perspective…
Inspiration: Deliciously Ella
In 2023, don’t make a pledge to cut meat or dairy or sugar. Instead, focus on adding in more vegetables, beans and interesting new grains – anyone heard of millet? By doing this, you will naturally shift the balance towards a more eco-friendly diet without feeling like you’re missing out on anything. And it’ll be tasty too!
Start off with: Buying a vegetable you haven’t had before or choosing a tasty plant-based meal out.
We all like holidays. But this year, why not add in a week’s holiday at home? A week where you say no to non-essential chores, and you commit to exploring the nearby area, trying local food and going to places you haven’t been to before. It might just mean one fewer flight or long journey.
Start off with: Researching days out close to you, new local walks and independent eateries that you haven’t been to before.
Inspiration: Rehka Garden Kitchen;
In 2023, grow more things. If you have house plants, take cuttings from them and turn them into tiny new plants to give away (or to grow your personal plant collection). If you have somewhere outside you can grow some vegetables; or a windowsill you can grow tomatoes on, do that. The perfect time of year to get started with sowing seeds is March; so try to get a plan together beforehand.
Start off with: Chatting with a green-fingered friend and buying the seeds that they have had the most luck with.
This year, go to more shops. That doesn’t mean buying more, it means buying what you need from a wider variety of businesses and organisations. Doing this will directly support local people, shift the wealth away from huge companies that really don’t need it (sometimes with questionable sustainability and HR practices), and keep transportation of goods lower too.
Start off with: Walking along your local high street and buying something you need from an independent shop – like a greengrocers or bakery perhaps.
This year, buy clothes that you’re going to love and keep. But commit to doing it through second hand stores like Depop, Vinted, Ebay, Facebook Marketplace or charity shops. You can search for incredibly specific terms, brands and sizes; and inevitably find a low-carbon bargain that’s perfect for you. This is particularly helpful if you have little people you need to dress, who often grow out of clothes while there is still a lot of life left in them.
Start off with: Creating a profile on a second-hand clothes app and having a good browse through some of your favourite brands.
This year, explore more on two legs or two wheels. Get outside and enjoy nature, it’s incredibly good for our mental and physical wellbeing. And if your extra excursions happen to be journeys you might otherwise have taken in the car, it’s good for your carbon footprint too.
Start off with: Getting outside on your lunch break a couple of times a week.
7. Health and hygiene
In 2023, could you add in some eco-friendly health, hygiene and beauty products? Here are some of our team’s favourite brands.
Wild: A fully sustainable deodorant with a reusable aluminium case and fresh-smelling refills.
Estrid: Razors for all, with reusable steel handle and replacement blades, which are posted via a subscription service in recyclable cardboard packaging. All transportation is climate-compensated.
Brushd: Recyclable electric toothbrush heads that are compatible with major electric toothbrush brands, just post used heads back to them in the pre-paid compostable envelope.
Naked Sprout: Unbleached bamboo toilet roll, kitchen roll and tissues.
Start off with: Swapping just one item that isn’t working for you and enjoying a new brand that does good.
How are you planning to improve your carbon footprint in 2023?
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