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Breaking bad habits

22 November 2018
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There are so many questions that i have about sustainability: Does it mean i can only wear hemp from here on in? Am i to refrain from washing my clothes forever more? The answer; thank goodness, is no.

Words: Ella James

 

1. Carpool  

Heading shopping with your friends on the weekend? Instead of driving separately, jump in one vehicle together.

From engine noise and fuel spills, to gases including carbon dioxide; the pollutants that are emitted by cars cause both short and long-term environmental damage. So hopping in a car together instead of travelling alone has obvious environmental benefits that you’ll be rewarded for in turn. Parking and petrol costs will be a fraction of the price once divided. Perhaps the best thing about car sharing is that you’ll only require a single designated driver, so you’re free to get the pinot flowing at lunch time.

2. Give it back

We often find it hard to leave that new dress on the rack or that must-have mascara on the shelf, and that’s okay. Before or after a shopping spree, have a clear out and dispose of any unwanted goods responsibly. Wondering what you’ll get in return? Well, extra space in your wardrobe for starters.

But some brands have even put schemes into place which reward you for saving a few items from the landfill. H&M will give you store vouchers for your old, unwanted clothes. MAC cosmetics will give you a free lipstick when you return six empty make-up containers. A new wardrobe and fresh lippy are yours for the taking, so get donating.

3. Eat locally

Once you’ve carpooled into town with your friends, spent your H&M voucher and claimed your free lipstick, you’re bound to be feeling more than a little peckish. The choice you make regarding your lunchtime reservation can actually have a huge impact on the environment given that some foods literally travel thousands of miles before they reach your plate. Personally, we prefer the paddock to plate approach. Locally sourced ingredients are more likely to be chemical and preservative free with a reduced chance of contamination due to the shorter distances of which they travel, surely making for a more delicious meal overall.

You can adopt this attitude for cooking at home by shopping for produce at your local farmers’ market, where delicious seasonal ingredients are available in abundance. Not to mention, when you shop at your local market, you’re supporting your local community. Just don’t forget to take your reusable bags.

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