The First Step to Sustainable Living
How can I make a difference?
We've all watched the programmes highlighting the state of the planet brought on by pollution and waste and have wondered "how can little old me make a difference?"
"Where do I start and will it actually make a difference?"
There is an abundance of information wherever we seek it, telling us about the negative impact of farming on the environment, the harmful chemicals in our products and waterways which are making us sick, the damage caused by single use packaging to our natural world and the effect of mass consumerism on our mental health and wellbeing.
In an attempt to make sense of it and do the right thing, we feel overwhelmed and insignificant.
"What is the point?"
"Where do I start?"
"I can't make a difference alone."
"I go to the supermarket and everyone else is stacking their trollies with all those things we are told are the nasties."
Even the eco-options are being bought out by 'the big boys' who are in no way eco-friendly at all. Innocent Smoothies - not so innocent when the parent company is Coca-Cola. Ecover and Method are both now owned by S C Johnson & Son - who also give us Mr Muscle and Toilet Duck! PG Tips owned by Unilever (Domestos, Cif, Lynx) have taken the step to produce bio-degradable teabags, but the cardboard boxes are still wrapped in plastic and the profits are going to a less-than-eco company! Who Gives a Crap import their loo rolls from China and wrap each individual roll in paper and charge us a fortune for the privilege! How can that be planet-friendly? (Google the environmental impact of paper production to find out). Green-washing they call it.
"How do I know what is green-washing and what is legitimately ethical?"
"I don't have the time or inclination to research every product?"
Can I even be bothered?!
The answer is YES! It's easier than you think and there is little effort involved!
STEP 1 - Shop with Local Independents
There are untold small local businesses popping up to help (some have always been there) and are doing all the hard work for you.
Your local greengrocers, butchers and delicatessens will be buying locally and ethically, because they care. They care about their customers and reputation. They care because it matters. Many products are sold without packaging and they even welcome you to bring your own containers to fill.
There are many refill shops and delivery services springing up in towns all over the country. These provide shopping free from single-use packaging to the consumer and you can buy just as little or as much as you want. These shops take the time to research and source their products with the ecological and ethical impact as their priority. You can be sure that when purchasing from these shops that their mission is to provide ethical and sustainable products which reduce pollution and make a cleaner world for future generations.
Due to the pandemic, many of these local businesses are now offering a delivery service. So you can shop responsibly without even leaving your home.
What are you waiting for? Take that first step.