15 Ways To Be More Environmentally Sustainable

I’ve been doing some soul searching since I got back from Greece. Having the time off was so great to reflect on what it is that I’m trying to do here in the online world. 

It’s a funny one, it’s so easy to get caught up and essentially influenced by what your seeing other people around you doing and talking about. It’s always been important to be me to create useful and valuable content on here and in general. I really want that to be at the forefront of each post though more and more as time goes on, and as this industry becomes more saturated. So anyway, enough rambling…today I’m talking about sustainability.

I was genuinely thrilled when I saw the email coming through that invited me to partake in the #NaturallyDriven campaign by Bord Na Mona. The scope of work was just for one Instagram post, but I really feel like this is a topic that deserves so much more than that on my part. I’ve been doing some research, and I decided to share 15 ways that you can become more environmentally sustainable.

15 Ways To Be More Environmentally Sustainable

15 Ways to be More Environmentally Sustainable

1 – Metal Straws – Bord na Mona kindly sent over a gift box which included some very useful metal straws. Reducing single use plastic is key to becoming more sustainable.

2 – Loose Fruit & Veg – Thanks to Supervalu and lots more supermarkets and shops, you can shop loose, organic fruit & veg. Buying these items when they’re wrapped in plastic is such an incredible waste.

3 – Jam Jars – Make sure to always reuse and recycle your jam-jars, as these can act as Tupperware containers for breakfast and snacks.

4 – Keep Cups – I know I’m late to the party, but I’ve recently discovered Keep Cups and I love them. I’ve had reusable coffee cups but this particular brand has really taken off recently.

5 – Water Bottles – Probably the biggest culprit for single use plastic is water bottles. Carrying a reusable water bottle is key to reduce your carbon footprint. I feel like I need more than one of these so that I can keep one in the car and one in the house.

6 – 30 Wears – It’s something that I really want to look into a lot more than I have, but sustainable fashion is so interesting to me. Orla Sheridan is someone who does “30 Wears” and it’s a brilliant idea. Essentially you shouldn’t reeeeally buy something if you don’t see yourself wearing it at least 30 times. Fast fashion is something that we’re seeing so much of lately and it really isn’t great for the environment.

7 – Donate & Recycle Clothing – Touching on the last point, I think it’s easy to forget that if you have clothes that aren’t suitable for donating for whatever reason, you can recycle. Make sure you look up where your local recycling bin is.

8 – Hang Dry Clothes – To reduce your carbon footprint, and your electricity bill, try avoiding tumble driers. Hang dry your clothes where possible. We actually don’t even own a tumble dryer in our house and never have.

9 – Plug Timers – This is a brilliant way to make sure that you’re not leaving lamps or other electronics on accidentally overnight.

10 – Grow Your Own – If you follow my Insta-Stories you’ll know I regularly eat a range of veggies that my parents have grown in our garden. This is a great way to make sure you’re reducing your carbon foot, and homegrown taste approximately 4,000 times better.

11 – Buy Local & In Season – When you buy food that is sourced locally, you’ll know that it’s airmiles (the amount of miles it had to travel) are low – which is great. Similarly with food that is in season – if something is not in season, the energy requirements that it takes to grow it artificially are very high.

12 – Empty Your Car – This was news to me, my Mum & sister only told me about it today. If you’re car is lighter, it expends less energy getting you from A to B. Makes total sense, when you think about the fact that you burn through more fuel if you’re driving with a car full of people as opposed to just yourself. I genuinely never ever thought about it to be honest.

13 – Change Your Exfoliator – This is really interesting and something I read about last year. A lot of exfoliators have plastic micro-beads in their creams which are the exfoliating component, and when these are washed down the drain – they’re not being recycled and are bad for the environment. Definitely consider homemaking your exfoliators, or just being aware if your go-to product has natural ingredients.

14 – Solar Lights – Maybe this is something to consider for your garden. We’ve had these for years and they’re lovely in the summer when you’re sitting out and you know that the sun has powered the lights around you.

15 – Solar Panels – We’ve had solar panels on our house for years too, and while they’re not cheap, they’re a brilliant way to reduce your carbon footprint at home.

15 Ways To Be More Environmentally Sustainable

Anyway, let me know if you are planning on introducing any of these changes into your life. Or if any of these were news to you! I know that when I did my research I was surprised by a few things!

I hope you enjoyed this post, I really enjoyed putting in together and I definitely want to do more of this style. Hope everyone is enjoying the sun!

Niamh xx

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15 Ways To Be More Environmentally Sustainable

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