Alternatives to help save the planet and the ocean
Charity begins at home. What a profound message that I got wrong. I used to think that that meant charity begins and stays at home. I was wrong. The only way you can share and be kind to other people is if you practice it in your own home. This message is about beginning with yourself and spreading that out to the world.
Ever since becoming vegan and practising minimalism and gentle parenting, I have learnt so much about how I live my life and how my thoughts have changed in the last 10 years. To be able to let go of a thought so powerful that many people will not even fathom the idea is the biggest lesson in my life that I have learnt. There are so many ideas that I thought to be true when I was younger, that now looking back, I am glad I was able to let go of these ideas that society made me think were true.
Eating dairy and meat, shopping for things you don’t need, controlling children. These are some of the things that I have changed my views on. I am on a path of constantly looking for simple ways of living, be true to myself and moving away from being a £/$ sign to society.
Apart from my life changing lifestyle choices, I am also working on environmentally friendly ways of living. Just like the saying ‘Charity begins at home’ the next one is ‘Change begins with you’. You might think that you are only one person amongst all these people who don’t want to change. I can assure you, they do, they just need you to do as well. When I changed my lifestyle to a vegan one, I didn’t realise how many people would follow or even just try this lifestyle. All because I tried it and loved it. As those friends and family change their ways, the idea starts to spread. So, why not change, change does begin with you.
Things you can change now to help create the future you want.
Soapnuts. These are natural and eco-friendly, and people in India have been using them for thousands of years. They are used to replace washing detergent. 6 nuts in a little bag can do up to 6 loads of washing. 1kg bag of soapnuts have lasts one whole year for me. That includes all the nappies I have washed. £10 on washing detergent for the whole year. That’s a saving of money and the environment as the nuts are biodegradable and are not harmful to your skin or the environment.
Metal Straws. Plastic straws are just as bad as plastic bags. They are everywhere in almost every restaurant, party and they are polluting our sea. The alternative for plastic straws is metal ones that can be reused. You are probably thinking, how can you clean these straws? When you do buy metal straws, you usually get a couple straw cleaners with the pack, this is like a mini bottle brush, similar to reusing the long thin bottles, you can also re-use straws. Recently, a large restaurant chain in the UK has changed all their straws to paper straws because plastic straws are causing a lot of damage to the environment and the animals that live on the planet. Where do you think all those straws go once you have used them and thrown them away?
Fabric shopping bags. In the UK plastic shopping bags are usually 5p and are not free anymore in the hope to encourage many people to re-use their shopping bags. The problem with plastic bags is after you throw the bags away and they make their way to the rubbish tips, they also make their way into the oceans where many large fish and even turtles can mistake them to be jellyfish or other types of fish. This is a huge problem for the ocean and us.
Invest in a great fabric shopping bag that is biodegradable and that you won’t cause harm to nature when you are done using your shopping bag.
Coconut oil. I use coconut for almost everything, kitchen and body. Mainly I use it as a replacement to my body lotion. I also use it to replace the soap when I shave my legs. I use it when I have run out of butter for my toast. There are so many other uses for coconut oil that I would need a whole day to talk about it. You can also put it on your kids when they scrape themselves. Magic stuff.
I sm not a big fan of all the chemicals in the shower gels and body lotions. No need to put these things on your body.
Wooden Toothbrushes. How many toothbrushes have you gone through in your lifetime? Times that by how many people on this planet that uses toothbrushes. Toothbrushes are plastic which means they are non-biodegradable. They become landfill and slowly make their way to our oceans. We are adding things to this planet that we cannot get rid off. We need to make the change. We are slowly making the move to wooden toothbrushes. I say slowly as it’s something that we are doing more recently and I still have a few plastic toothbrushes left. My daughter has a wooden one and uses it happily. I am happy to know that it will biodegrade and not hurt the planet.
Metal water bottles. I know I’m not alone when I say I have bought many bottles of water. I do wonder why it’s in us that we need a new bottle of water each time one finishes. There are two options when buying a reusable water bottle that is not plastic. Glass or metal. Personally, I prefer the metal one as I have a toddler who is most likely going to drop the glass bottle and it will break.
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