Small sustainable swaps

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about cutting out some of the unnecessary plastics in our lives. Today I want to talk about a few more quick and mostly simple swaps you can make to work towards a more sustainable future.

If you’re interested in some simple swaps, please read ahead.

1. Butter swap. Do you buy butter in a plastic container and keep it in the fridge? Did you know you don’t need to keep butter in the fridge? Buy your butter wrapped in waxed paper and keep it in a butter dish out of the fridge.

Bonuses here:

  • eliminates unnecessary plastic
  • it’s cheaper
  • you’ll usually find it right next to its plastic contained friends in the cold section of your supermarket
  • a butter dish looks nicer at the dinner table than a plastic butter container
  • your butter is always spreadable

And if for some reason you’re still buying margarine, please stop! That stuff is just rubbish!

2. Meat free Days. By now it’s pretty common knowledge that the farming of animal products is one of the biggest contributors to carbon emissions in the world. Reducing the amount of animal products you consume will substantially lessen your carbon footprint. Why not have a few meat free days a week? I had a vegetarian year last year and found some great recipes that we still use today:

We now eat meat a couple of days a week in our house, but I’m tempted to go back to vegetarianism again soon because I felt so much healthier when I wasn’t eating any meat and of course there’s the environmental benefits!

3. Compost! If you don’t have a compost bin, contact your local waste management service about a biodegradables bin for fruit and veggie scraps. If your food scraps go into general waste they will take longer to break down, release methane and will never go to any good use. Composting or putting them in your green waste closes the cycle!

4. Buy laundry powder in a cardboard box instead of liquid wash in a plastic container. Easy swap!

5. Yoghurt. Instead of individual serves of yoghurt in little plastic containers. Buy just one big container, and serve in a reusable container. We have this great little yoghurt container that you freeze ahead of use, and it keeps your yoghurt cooler for longer. Miss 4 takes it to preschool with plain Greek yoghurt and a few frozen berries inside.

6. Cleaning with vinegar and bicarbonate Soda. It’s considerably cheaper than all the chemical laden cleaning sprays in the store, and better for you and the environment.

7. Swap chewing gum for mints. Did you realise that chewing gum is just pieces of plastic you chew and throw in the bin? I must admit this hadn’t occurred to me until very recently. I’ve swapped to Crown Mints, as the only waste at the end is the one big plastic bag, rather than multiple small wrappers and pieces of chewy plastic.

8. Swap disposable nappies and sanitary items for cloth nappies, cloth pads or a menstrual cup. This comes down to personal preference really, and is probably not a ‘simple swap’ but is definitely something work researching and trialling even if only on a part time basis. We went part time cloth with my youngest child, and it was definitely more work, but manageable while I was a stay at home mum if only a few nappies a day.

I’m always looking to improve, and work towards a more sustainable life, and one small thing at a time seems these easiest way to build up to any lasting change.

Do you have any simple swaps to add to the list?

Do you do any of these same things?

Abby x

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