Here at Bequest, we take sustainability pretty seriously, which is why we want to help you make easy changes in your life so you can become more sustainable too. After all, a sustainable lifestyle is not only healthier for you, it’s healthier for the planet! We know it can be easy to get caught up in trying to keep up with the Kardashians…but there’s more to life than material things.
And for any parents out there, raising the next generation to be environmentally aware can be a pretty daunting task. That’s why we’re taking a look at how to make sustainable choices at home — it’s actually much easier than you’d think! ♻️
In the bathroom
The options for tackling waste in the bathroom are becoming more and more creative all the time.
- Say no to plastic toothbrushes 🪥 and choose bamboo ones instead
- Use natural bar soap 🧼 instead of body wash that comes in a plastic bottle
- Limit your showers to less than 5 minutes 🚿
- Make the switch to toothpaste tablets
In the kitchen
The kitchen is the heart of many homes — a place for families to come together and cook a meal together, or enjoy each other’s company. It’s also one of the rooms in our homes that generates the most amount of waste! Here are a few simple swaps to help make sustainable choices at home.
- Ditch the sponge 🧽 and opt for wooden dish brushes or compostable cloths instead.
- Use washable rags made from old clothing instead of paper towels to clean up messes.
- Make your own cleaning products — contrary to popular belief, chemical cleaning products aren’t necessary.
- Don’t throw away food scraps — reuse them to make things like stock, plant fertiliser or put them in the compost. 🍌
- Instead of plastic sandwich bags, try using reusable silicone ones.
What you eat
Depending on the type of diet you follow, your food can have an incredibly large carbon footprint. And no, we’re not just referring to meat-eaters. 🥩 If you’ve never taken the time to think about where your food comes from, you might be in for a bit of a shock. Tropical fruits like bananas, mango, kiwi, and pineapple 🍍 aren’t grown in the UK and must be imported, meaning they have long transport routes. To make your diet a bit more sustainable, consider:
- starting your own vegetable patch 🥕
- cooking dinner at home more often instead of grabbing ready-made meals, takeaway, or eating out 🍳
- buying locally grown and organic produce from farmer’s markets 🧑🌾
- adapting a flexitarian diet — if you don’t want to give up meat, just limit the number of meals you eat that include it.
What you wear
The fashion industry is genuinely one of the worst offenders when it comes to pollution as it accounts for 10% of all human-made carbon emissions! In addition to that, you have the issue with chemical runoff and micro-plastics polluting our waterways along with textile waste in general. Here are a few ideas on ways to combat it.
- Try shopping second hand.
- Mend clothes when they get ripped instead of throwing them away. 🪡
- Buy from sustainable brands that use organic materials. 🌿
- Buy quality over quantity.
The small tweaks to your lifestyle can actually make a big difference. The best question to ask yourself is how you can make any activity more environmentally friendly.
- Bike 🚲, walk 🚶 or take public transit instead of your car, not only will you get some fresh air and exercise, you’ll also generate fewer carbon emissions.
- Try a staycation instead of going abroad for your holidays ✈️ or consider eco-friendly travel instead.
- Bring along a reusable mug for your takeaway coffee. ☕️
Living a sustainable lifestyle also means preparing for a sustainable death. Consider things like woodland burials, planning an eco funeral, sustainable memorial service, or leaving money to environmental charities in your will. Reach out to us if you have any questions. After all, we’re here to help. 📧 firstname.lastname@example.org