How to be Sustainable Everyday: 5 Swaps to Save Money and the World
5 Sustainable Swaps
Reusable water bottle
Swell & Chilli are great, or wait until July and buy an Ocean Bottle, made from ocean plastic. (Check out my post on how the Ocean Bottle could save the world). Or if you’re worried about London’s water, a Brita bottle is great too.
Britain consumes 3bn litres of bottled water per year.
Typically bottled water retails at up to 500 times more than the price of tap water
2. Keep cup
An estimated 2.5 billion cups are thrown away in the UK each year
Most coffee cups are non-recyclable as contain a thin plastic lining.
You can save money when taking your own keep-cup
If you’re a regular coffee drinker, then a keep cup can save you money and single use plastic. Many places now have discounts if you take your own cup: Pret (50p), Starbucks (25p), Costa (25p)
3. Lunch box
One of the best ways to avoid plastic, save money and stay healthy is to take in your lunch to work. Save the pennies and the plastic by taking your lunch a few lunches a week.
UK employees spend around £1,840 on average on lunch per year, most of which comes in single use plastic.
Buying lunches are found to have a greater carbon footprint as there are more processes: production and processing of the ingredients, and keep them chilled.
Vast majority of single use cutlery can’t be recycled as it is dirty
Worldwide consumption of disposable and single-use food/drink containers is estimated at more than 430,000,000,000 units per year, or about 140,000 each second.
4. Reusable knife and fork
BYO cutlery!! Even if you’re not taking in your lunch its great to have in your bag a reusable knife and fork instead of reaching for the disposable plastic ones. Alternatively eat your lunch in the cafe and take a welcome break from work to properly digest your food.
Plastic bags can take up to 1000 years to degrade or may never.
Around 100,000 marine animals die every year from plastic bags.
5. Reusable tote bag
We’re all on the go and buying those last minute bits for dinner, so a reusable bag is a must have. They’re also stronger and longer lasting than their plastic counterparts.