35 Sustainable Swaps for a More Eco-Friendly Lifestyle

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“Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want.” – Anna Lappé , advocate for a sustainable and fair food system.

This quote reminds us that one of the most powerful tools we have as consumers is our purchasing power.

Research by Ethical Consumer indicates that we’ve already started to realise this power. Between 2016 and 2017 the not-for-profit organisation reported a 10.8% rise in ethical cosmetics sales and similar rise of 10.1% in sales of household items that were bought for re-use.

Yet thought-provoking stats and predictions, such as the estimate that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the sea than fish, remind us that we still have a long way to go, on an individual and societal level.

35 Sustainable Swaps to Lessen Your Environmental Impact

  1. Beeswax wraps instead of cling film
  2. Paper, bamboo or metal straws
  3. Reusable shopping bags
  4. Reusable travels mugs
  5. Fabric napkins instead of disposable napkins
  6. Reusable water bottle
  7. Plastic-free tea bags or opt for loose leaf tea
  8. Packaging or plastic-free bars of soap
  9. Silicone baking mats instead of baking paper or foil
  10. Buying fruit and vegetables without packaging
  11. Paper tape instead of sticky tape
  12. Reusable make-up remover pads
  13. Bulk buy dry goods at zero waste shops
  14. Reusable dryer balls
  15. Recycled toilet roll
  16. Natural toothpaste
  17. Coconut husk scourers for washing up
  18. Biodegradable dog waste bags
  19. Metal safety razor
  20. LED bulbs
  21. Buy in-season from local markets
  22. Use recyclable wrapping paper or newspaper
  23. Go paperless for utility and other bills
  24. Biodegradable earbuds
  25. Plastic-free dental floss
  26. Reusable nail varnish remover pads
  27. Organic cotton bedding and towels
  28. Fair trade clothing or buy at vintage and charity shops
  29. Plastic-free shampoo and conditioner bars
  30. Rechargeable batteries
  31. Reusable cupcake cases
  32. Bamboo toothbrushes
  33. Stainless steel wire pegs instead of plastic
  34. Glass food containers
  35. Upcycled furniture

These are just some of the sustainable swaps you can make to reduce waste and lessen your environmental impact. Many of these swaps are very easy to implement and the reusable nature of some products may also save you money in the long run!


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