5 Essential Steps to a Cleaner Lifestyle
It’s never been clearer: living a clean lifestyle is the best thing we can do for our bodies, our happiness and the planet (not to mention our back pockets!).
If you’re ready to take the plunge and begin to live a more wholesome lifestyle, we’re here to help. Here are our 5 must-see tips for living a whole lot more sustainably.
1. Shop locally
There is nothing better on a Sunday morning than strolling down the aisles of a farmer’s market. The sun is shining, your basket is brimming with fresh produce, and the delicious smells from fragrant fruits, fresh vegetables and just-baked bread are wafting around you.
What you might not know is that your weekly market venture can also be a move in the right direction when it comes to lightening your footprint on this earth. Buying from farmers in your local area means the food won’t have travelled as far as the food in the supermarkets (often supermarket produce is grown overseas, leading to enormous carbon consumption when it’s imported). You’ll also get the chance to sample foods and become friendly with your community.
2. Opt for natural fibres
When you want to reduce your impact on the earth, it’s imperative that you choose fibres and materials that are naturally sourced and made organically. Anything plastic based, such as polyester, nylon or rayon, takes an excess of resources to produce, meaning your clothing will put a drain on the planet.
Cotton, wool and silk are much better alternatives to the synthetic options that are out there, and you can find these fabrics in anything from fashion and homewares to food packaging. Here at The Swag, we’ve opted for a natural unseeded, unbleached cotton food wrap that keeps food fresher for longer.
3. Buy less (and save money)
Our bank accounts will thank us for this one. As well as saving us money in the long term, buying less means that fewer items will find their way to landfill – creating a greener planet over time.
One of the biggest culprits when it comes to over consumption is food wastage; scraps from the kitchen can cause long-term damage to the environment when they’re disposed of. Instead of throwing them away, eat them while they’re fresh – and don’t be afraid of leftovers. Some things are that much more delicious the next day.
4. Swap don’t shop
Get the heady rush that comes with a new fashion purchase without splashing your cash – and without creating extra clothing waste in the process. Assemble your friends for a clothing swap. Put simply, everyone brings their unwanted items that are still in good condition, and negotiates to swap them for their friends’ preloved threads. This way, everyone gets something new for cheap, and can feel great about their impact on the planet.
5. Grow your own veggies
Growing vegetables or herbs in your garden means you can select and pick only the portions you need, leaving the rest on the bush or in the ground. What this means is that you’ll greatly reduce food waste, keeping your fridge clean and clear of wilted greens for good.
Even if your space is limited, you can grow space-friendly herbs on a windowsill or apartment balcony. Basil, mint, chives, coriander and oregano are five easy-to-grow herbs that are versatile enough to throw into most dishes. With an ever-growing supply of herbs, you won’t need to deal with the waste accompanied with supermarket-bought foods again.
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