We would love for eco-friendly living to be the norm, but knowing where to start when moving away from our usual ways of doing things is not an easy task. We’re trying to support each other to make Sustainable Smart Swaps: exchanges in items we buy or ways we behave which will have a positive impact on our carbon footprints. So we’ve put together this guide on how to make big and small changes to our behaviours and shopping baskets which will help to reduce waste and live more sustainably.
We know that making big changes all at once can feel pretty overwhelming and daunting, so we’ve including smaller ‘good’ steps we can take as we move towards the ‘best’ swaps. We’ve also included local retailers where you can buy the products listed.
Share a photo or video of your Sustainable Smart Swap in the comments below – together with how it’s benefitted you – and you’ll be entered into a draw to win vouchers from a local zero waste store!
General tips for making sustainable swaps:
- SIMPLIFY: Is there a simpler version of what you’re buying?
- MAKE AND DO: Rather than buying can you make it yourself, or do it yourself in a more sustainable way?
- REUSE AND REPURPOSE: Before you throw anything away take a moment to consider whether it might have another use for you. Think jam jars as vases, baked bean cans as pen holders, and t-shirts as cleaning cloths
- ORIGIN AND DESTINATION: As you are shopping think about where an item came from, how it was produced, and where it will end up when its no longer required by you.
- BORROW AND LEND: Before buying check if you can borrow from friends, family or neighbours, and be willing to share your stuff too.
- MEND: Check if an item can be fixed before you throw it away