Let’s face it, much like the lament of Kermit the Frog, it’s not always easy being green – or at least, that’s how it sometimes feels. However, there are some simple actions you can take to reduce your impact on the environment, without completely overhauling your life – check out these easy eco tips to find out more.
Invest in a reusable water bottle
A train journey here, a Meal Deal there, picking up a bottle of water on the go is easily done. But if you’re prepared with an alternative – think your own reusable water bottle in a fetching colour – so much needless plastic bottle waste can easily be avoided. Plus, you’ll also save a bit of money!
Buy naked fruit and veg
Ask yourself, does your avocado really need that vacuum-moulded casing? Where possible, shop fruit and veg from a market or greengrocer, not a supermarket, where plastic packaging is likely to be much less prevalent.
As proved by James Corden, carpooling (okay, car-sharing to us Brits) can be fun. In all seriousness, buddying up with a fellow traveller on road journeys can go a long way to reducing air pollution and the demands on an already congested network. Check out liftshare.com for ideas.
Ditch chemical-laden cleaners
Who doesn’t love a good spring clean? But before you reach for the bleach, consider a greener option. There are countless homemade alternatives that will do the job just as effectively, without the toxic fall out. For starters, vinegar and newspaper does a sterling job on dirty windows.
Be clever with food waste
Think outside of the box in terms of kitchen waste. For example, leftover herbs can be juiced and frozen, ready to add to soups or stews, while over-ripe bananas make for perfect banana bread.
Eat more plants…
…and notably, less meat. Meat and its production puts a huge strain on our ecosystem through its use of land and water. Nominate at least one day a week to go meat-free and get creative with a plant-based menu. Stuck for inspo? Read our recent healthy cookbooks post.
We all want the latest tech, but the constant desire for newness results in piles of electronic ‘e-waste’, plus (let’s face it) a rise in dedicated ‘junk phone’ drawers in the home. If you can’t wait to upgrade however, there are some great online services such as mazumamobile.com that offer to reuse or recycle your old tech and will even pay you for what it is worth!
Try to recycle as much as you possibly can. From obvious choices like food packaging, to more obscure items like household paint, most council-run recycling centres handle a diverse array of waste. Don’t forget old clothes – stores like Marks & Spencer and & Other Stories even offer money off incentives in return for your unwanted clobber.
Our green journey
As a botanically-based beauty company, we’re working hard to improve our environmental impact in everything we do. We know we’re not perfect, but the more we do, the better we get. Here are just a few of the steps we’re taking.
- Like any business, cardboard makes up a big part of our waste. We bale and store ours, before it is shredded and used as animal bedding in stables and animal sanctuaries locally on the Isle of Wight.
- We are lucky enough to have our own woodland area at Liz Earle HQ, which we have slowly transformed from a patch of overgrown wasteland to a structured, tree filled environment. The Earth Day Canopy project is dedicated to reforestation – you can find out more about this project here.
- The Green House (our head office) collects rain water and stores it for flushing our toilets – we’ve saved around 3 million gallons of water since it was built!
- We compost 100% of our food waste at The Green House on-site - to date our in vessel composter has recycled over 120 tonnes of food waste that would otherwise have gone to landfill.
The Liz Earle Team x