The Vevolution team are very much in the swing of all things environment this month, in preparation for Topics: Environment next weekend - we can’t wait!
Did you know it’s also Earth Day next Monday? Even more reason to join us in spreading awareness on environmental issues like climate change, food waste, fast fashion, etc.
Without further ado, here are some of our quick and easy tips to get you started on your low impact journey.
Low impact isn’t just about having a smaller carbon footprint, it’s also about giving back to the Earth. Harvesting your own fruit and vegetables might seem like a lot of trouble at first, but planting seeds is super cheap and super rewarding - we promise!
Turn Down Your Heating
An easy one that will also save you money too.
Get involved in litter picking groups. Or you can just take a bag (and gloves) with you whenever you go for a walk, and look out for any rubbish on the floor.
Refuse plastic straws, and take your glass/steel ones with you wherever you go. They’re cheap, and last forever!
Shop Organic & Local Where Possible
We totally understand that organic produce is too expensive for some households, and some people even struggle getting a hold of organic and local produce where they live! Don’t feel pressured to purchase organic and local all the time, perhaps just aim to visit a farmers market once a month.
Eat More Plants
It’s no secret that a plant-based diet is more sustainable. If you’re already vegan - congrats! But if not, we urge you to do some research on the negative effects industrial farming has on the environment. We have had some amazing, inspiring speakers at Vevolution events in the past that have spoken about veganism and the environment - check them out on our YouTube channel, or podcast.
Reusable Shopping Bags
Don’t feel as if you have to purchase new reusable bags. Search your house for any canvas bags, or old plastic bags that have been lingering in the cupboard, unused, for too long!
Cook From Scratch
Cut down on convenience foods for the benefit of your health, and the planet. Ready-meals sometimes come with unnecessary packaging, and require a larger carbon footprint to create. If you lead a busy life, and can’t always cook from scratch BOL have an incredible range of ready-made vegan dishes that come in 100% recyclable packaging.
Shop Second Hand
There are so many charity shops and vintage shops dotted around the UK, especially in London. All it takes is a bit of patience, and you can find beautiful, timeless pieces in these second-hand stores. Listen to slow fashion influencer, Kristen Leo, talk about fast fashion at Vevolution Festival 2018.
This one is old news, but still important. Try to make an effort to use different modes of transport wherever you can.
Make sure to check packaging labels before recycling. There are seven main types of plastic used in households, and they’re broken down into categories. Familiarise yourself with the symbols and the corresponding information to make sure you’re recycling properly!
Menstrual Cup or Period Underwear
There are lots of sustainable period products on the market at the moment. For period underwear, we could not recommend WUKA enough; they are luxurious, comfy, and super easy to wash and rewear. If you don’t feel ready to commit to a menstrual cup, or period underwear, check out DAME - the first reusable tampon applicator.
Bamboo toothbrushes are much more sustainable as you can compost the handle and recycle the bristles afterward!
Reusable Coffee Cup
There are so many reusable coffee cups to choose from, we’re spoilt for choice! High street coffee shops are now even offering incentives for using reusable cups, e.g. your drink will be cheaper if you bring one in.
Steel Lunch Box
In theory, all lunch boxes are reusable. So if you already have plastic ones just make sure you look after them to make sure they last a long time! But if you currently don’t own a lunch box, consider purchasing one made from stainless steel - they’re easy to wash, and will last forever.
Fruit & Veg Bags
Instead of using the plastic bags that supermarkets offer, bring your own reusable produce bags.
Learn to refuse what you don’t need. Low impact is all about consuming less, and throwing away less!
Reusable Water Bottle
Once you buy your first reusable bottle, it will literally never leave your side. They are so handy, especially now that some restaurants and coffee shops will fill up your bottles with water for free! Reusable water bottles are much safer than reusing plastic bottles as they don’t have chemicals in them, and they’re cheaper in the long run.
Dry Your Clothes On The Washing Line
Of course, this isn’t always possible - especially in the British winter! Just make sure to make an effort to dry your clothes sustainably, e.g. if your radiators are on, hang your clothes on there, or hang them on a clothes rack indoors.
Tell Your Family & Friends
Spread the message of sustainability to your loved ones, and let them know you’re making an effort to be low impact so they know what to buy you (or what not to buy you) on special occasions.
Reuse What You Have
It’s not necessary to go out and purchase all the hot, new low waste items on the market if you have perfectly good plastic items at home. It’s so important to take care of the plastic that you already own, to make sure it never sees the landfill!
Ordering takeaway is a guilty pleasure for most of us, but it produces so much unnecessary waste, and not to mention costs a lot.
Cook In Smaller Quantities
Learn to cook in smaller portions to reduce your food waste! UK households throw away millions of tonnes of food waste every year. Usually down to cooking too much food, or not using produce in time before it goes off.
LEARN FROM THE LOW IMPACT PRO’S AT TOPICS: ENVIRONMENT
Join us on the 28th of April at Camden Town’s iconic Roundhouse for some inspiring talks on Environment, and lunch catered by The Fields Beneath.