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4 simple sustainable swaps to make in 2019

Are you dedicated to living more sustainably in 2019? You’re not alone. Here are a few simple ways you can start making the move to a life with less waste that’s easier on the earth.

Stop wasting food

The amount of food wasted in the UK is absolutely shocking. Did you know that 10 million tonnes of food and drink is wasted each year, and that 60% of that could be avoided according to government records?

Try to prevent food waste in your daily life by doing more meal planning, storing food properly, actually eating all your leftovers and composting where/when you can.

Give the plant-based life a try

Speaking of food, now that you’re wasting less of it - go more plant based! If you aren’t ready to go vegan or vegetarian, that’s okay. Having more plant-based meals is a very important step, especially if you are cooking for a family. And recent research has pointed out that avoiding meat and dairy is the single biggest way a person can reduce their impact on the earth. Start with one or two meat free days per week, and go from there. This could be as simple as porridge for breakfast, a falafel wrap for lunch, and a vegetable curry for dinner!

Some of my favourite meat-free meals weeknight “throw together” meals are simple things like mushroom risotto, vegetable stir fry with tamari and sriracha, and Linda McCartney veggie burgers (which come plastic free in cardboard boxes).

Say goodbye to fast fashion

Fashion is one of the most environmentally destructive industries on the planet. A simple pair of jeans takes 1800 gallons of water to make! A great way to live more sustainably is to reduce the amount of clothing that you purchase. Make this year that you start a “one in, one out” policy for your wardrobe. Try to commit to buying more items secondhand or in charity shops (or on apps like Depop and Poshmark). Host a clothing swaps with your friends!

Buy less

Think beyond clothing here. The KonMari method that has taken the world by storm is a great intro into the world of owning less, and a great reminder that it is important to value the things we own. Don’t just get rid of bags of things only to replace them with the new “eco” version. Streamline your life. And by the way, this isn’t a call for minimalism (unless you’re into that)! But it is a call for buying what you need, loving what you have, and using what you have access to.

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