ByHarrison

5 Ways I’m Being More Eco-Friendly

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I think we can all say, at one time in our lives we’ve made decisions not thinking of the planet. The planet is the place we live, we only have one of them and at the rate we’re going, it’s not going to last forever. We really must look after it. Today I’m going to share with you the 5 Ways I’m Being More Eco-Friendly. I’m not going to preach at you, I’m not some hippy-dippy traveller wearing baggy trousers and dread-locking my hair. I’ve just recently educated myself in ways in which I can save the planet and help preserve this ever-dying earth.

// Eco-Friendly – Litter \\

This is the most obvious one, but let’s talk litter. Since being in New Zealand, I’ve been amazed at just how little litter there is. Woah, that’s a mouthful. But New Zealand is one of the few places in the world that seems to be nailing it. Wherever you go, the streets are clean, the sidewalks are kept so neat and there are bins absolutely everywhere. In comparison to back home, there’s no competition. Back home in the UK, you’d struggle to find a bin anywhere. People want convenience. If they can’t find a bin quickly, they’re going to leave it on the floor. Unfortunately, that’s just the world we live in.

So quite simply. Put your shit in the bin. If you can’t find a bin, take it home with you. It’s not hard, it’s not complicated but it definitely is effective.

// Eco-Friendly – Going Vegetarian \\

Asides from my own health, going vegetarian has also some great economic values to it. The meat industry is one that is massively effecting the planet, especially the mass production of cows. There are more cows on this planet than ever before, causing more methane gases than ever before and effecting this planet in a way none of us ever thought it would. As humans, we love meat. There is no denying it and I don’t blame people. However, I’ve given it up and absolutely have not missed it. I really can’t say it’s taken a massive toll on my life but I know I can rest easy, knowing I’m doing my bit to save this planet.

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// Eco-Friendly – Reducing Plastics \\

One thing I’ve never understood is why everyone is harping on about the reduction of plastic straws. Companies would use a paper straw but serve it in a plastic cup. Why are we just talking about the straw? Anyway, I digress. Reducing plastic is the latest trend in saving the planet. Although it might be a trend topic right now, it’s one of those things that’s absolutely going to help us. I’ll never understand why people can’t just melt the plastic down and reuse it?

I’m trying my best to reduce my use of plastic. I use my EcoVessel water bottle every single day, I have this incredible BambuuBrush which is a great way of having a eco friendly toothbrush. I’m being more mindful when I’m shopping to ensure I’m not purchasing products with too much excess plastics. If you just think a little differently, it’ll be quite easy to make a massive difference.

// Eco-Friendly – Fast Fashion \\

Again, this is one of those huge trend topics right now… Fast fashion. Fast fashion for those who don’t know, is the epitome of Boohoo.com or to some extent ASOS. It’s those trends that stick around for like 2-3 weeks. Leopard print, Fluorescent, printed tees… you know, those pieces of clothing that in a months time will be so unfashionable, you won’t want to be wearing it.

Since I’ve been in New Zealand, I’ve bought one item of clothing and that is a jumper because it was freezing whilst I was on my road trip. I’ve always been smart when purchasing clothes. I like to remain fashionable, yet I will never buy something from these hughstreet stores that solely follow the latest trends. In doing this, all the clothes I have now are just as fashionable as they were when I first bought them.

// Eco-Friendly – Food Waste \\

It’s difficult working in a restaurant and watching the sheer amount of food that is wasted every day. The journey from plant to plate, or in the case of meat, farm to table, is a long one. So when you see people effortlessly throwing food out, not finishing their meal and not even considering taking it home, is a tough pill to swallow.

For me, I know I never waste food. If I can’t finish it, I’ll save it for the next day or I’ll let someone else finish it. At work, I will forever encourage customers to take their food home (in a recyclable container) so they can eat it the next day. Some people won’t bother, some people will but most people, sound surprised as they didn’t even think about it. It might not be the disposal of food that is causing harm to the planet, the production. So don’t waste it once you’ve got it.

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As you can tell, the common theme throughout this is education and mindfulness. People just need to be more mindful and things will soon change. These are 5 simple ways I’m being more eco-friendly, what are you doing?

| By Harrison |

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