You don't have to buy expensive reusables or complicated technologies to make a positive impact.
In fact, every little step along the way counts. So here are 5 easy and completely free changes you can make in your every day life to improve your environmental footprint!
1. Switch You Internet Browser
If you haven't heard about Ecosia yet, don't waste another minute! This amazing company functions exactly like Google, but for every 45 searches a real tree is planted. So far they have planted almost 60 million trees!
You can make it your default browser on your desktop or you can download it as an app to your phone. Either way, you're planting trees while browsing the internet.
2. Shop at Amazon Smile
Same products, same prices but the different is Amazon gives a % of purchase at no extra cost to you! By simply shopping at smile.amazon.com (or smile.amazon.co.uk ) instead of the original amazon.com, you are helping fund important projects for the animals, environment, elderly, children or any other charity of your choice.
Once you first open Amazon Smile, you will be asked to pick a charity of your choice, which you can switch around as often as you'd like. How cool is that?
3. Shop Less
Simple enough, but it works! Mindful shopping is a key factor to reducing your environmental impact whilst keeping you within your budget.
Next time you are thinking of buying something ask yourself if you really need this, how often you'll use it and how long it's going to last you. And if you come to the conclusion that you really want this item, try finding it second-hand, especially at websites like depop.com , eBay.com or even on Amazon's second-hand options.
4. Always Carry Your Water-bottle
Making the habit of bringing your reusable water-bottle whenever you leave the house is not only a cost-effective solution to purchasing plastic water-bottles when you're out, but it's way more sustainable too!
You can also download the apps Tap and Refill which check water refill stations based on your location. You can also input data yourself to make it easier for other users to find refills, and make living a low-waste lifestyle more accessible.
5. Eat Plant-based
Animal products like meat, fish, and dairy have a heavy carbon footprint. There have been multiple studies that show how a plant-based diet will help lower your environmental impact.
In most countries, legumes, vegetables, fruits and grains are the cheapest choices at the markets, so it will also save you some money!
You can also read THIS blogpost on how to go vegan
Articles about a plant-based diet and its environmental impact:
If you'd like, you can watch my Youtube video on this!