Living more sustainably can be difficult, as our modern, fast-paced lifestyles favour disposable, single-use items. Although practicing a sustainable lifestyle can be deemed expensive and impractical, there are many ways to make more eco-conscious choices which can be integrated into your daily routine.
Stop Buying Plastic Bottles
The average adult in the UK buys 150 plastic water bottles every year. With a significant percentage of these bottles ending up in landfill, single use plastic bottles are notoriously bad for the environment. Reusable stainless steel, glass and BPA-free plastic bottles are a great eco-friendly option as they are often affordable, convenient, and reduce your use of single-use plastic.
Other disposable drinks vessels such as plastic cups and takeaway coffee cups are also rarely recycled, and although they can be convenient, are costly to the environment and your wallet. Instead of buying a cup of coffee in a disposable cup, why not use a refillable stainless steel coffee cup? Many coffee shops offer discounts for customers who bring their own reusable cup, or to be even kinder to your budget, you could make yourself a coffee at home and bring it with you.
Ditch Plastic Bags
Since the government introduced the plastic bag charge in supermarkets in 2015, sales of single-use plastic carrier bags have dropped by more than 95% in England’s main supermarkets. Although this shows excellent progress, plastic bags are still seen as a necessity in many homes. If you are a serial plastic bag user, why not swap to something more sustainable?
Cutting down your dependence on plastic bags whilst shopping is easy, and you don’t even have to spend any extra cash! Simply bring a backpack or fabric bag with you when you next go shopping and use it to carry your groceries. If you’re having a clear-out of old clothes and accessories, you might even find an old bag that you can use exclusively for your trips to the supermarket.
Use Sustainable Toiletries
Bathroom cabinets are often filled with a host of unrecyclable, single use plastic items. From creams, to soaps, to deodorant, many large toiletries companies use packaging which has a negative impact on the environment. Fortunately, the tide is turning on sustainable beauty and body care, and businesses such as Salt of the Earth are creating natural products which are made with zero waste or recycled packaging.
Within the last year, the entire range of Salt of the Earth Natural Deodorant Sprays have switched from virgin plastic packaging to 50% recycled plastic and 50% bio plastic packaging which is fully recyclable. The spray deodorants can also be refilled 5 times with the 500ml Spray Refills, which use 60% less plastic than buying 5 individual 100ml sprays.
Salt of the Earth also offers a variety of plastic free options, including the award-winning Plastic Free Crystal Deodorant, and a range of Natural Deodorant Balms which are packaged in a fully recyclable glass jar and aluminium lid - perfect for those trying to reduce their use of disposable plastics.
About Salt of the Earth
Established in 1993, Salt of the Earth is an environmentally friendly, family-owned brand that produces sustainable natural skincare products approved by the Vegan and Vegetarian Societies. Since their launch, Salt of the Earth has developed a range of award-winning deodorant sprays, roll-ons, travel sprays, sticks, and refills formulated for men, women and children (6+). Find the range of products at your local Waitrose, Boots, Holland & Barrett, Ocado, Amazon, and independent retailers across the UK and Europe or online - just search ‘Salt of the Earth Natural Deodorants’.