Sustainable Business – Five Ways You Can Help Protect The Planet After Earth Day
The climate crisis is becoming more and more serious, it really isn’t something to ignore. Earth Day was created in 1970 to bring together people from around the world to share, support and highlight the urgency of the situation. Each year there is a different theme and this year is ‘Restore Our Earth’, many people are looking at not only the impact of the damage we have done but most importantly now how we can repair the damage. As a sustainable business owner I wanted to share five of the things that I do regularly to repair the damage done and that you can do moving forward after Earth Day, it isn’t just one day it needs to be lived 365.
1. Meat Free Days
If you aren’t already then choose which days you go without meat in your meals, depending on how much you eat now take it a day at a time, don’t make this a habit you give up. By reducing your consumption of meat throughout the year you are helping reduce the impact of the damage that the meat industry has caused. It’s is a huge contributor to climate change, and has roughly the same impact on the earth as all of the driving & flying of every car, truck and plane in the world! (Source – Greenpeace)
When you do eat meat buy from your local butcher rather than the supermarket, generally the meat has been farmed more sustainably & the animals have been kept in better conditions. This topic is a whole other blog, if you have questions let me know.
2. Beach Cleans
Get a bag, grab your gloves and head out to the beach with some mates to clean up any litter, particularly plastic that you see on the beach. Location dependent that is! I recently took part in the one of the Million Mile Cleans and it was a great way to spend my evening. Let’s keep our beaches clean, for the animals, marine wildlife & ourselves this summer.
3. Buy Less & Throw Less
So I’ve often stood in Boots thinking ‘Well, if I buy a bottle of shampoo, I can always recycle it’. Which is all well and good BUT a lot of items that go to recycling still end up in landfill and isn’t the point to not be bringing new products into circulation? I suppose what I’m trying to say as a sustainable business owner is that it’s better to buy less regardless of whether you think you can recycle it. So rather than throw your shampoo bottle out, take it to a shop where you can refill your products. Or use an online retailer that provides that service for you like Bower Collective. OR even better use a shampoo bar, you can buy them here with us at Inka and they are bloomin’ marvellous.
4. Use Second Hand
What ever you’re looking to purchase I can 99% guarantee you can get it second hand, perhaps give underwear a swerve though! Here are a few examples of second hand:
- New born baby? Hand-me-downs, charity shops, eBay
- Sustainable business? Reuse cardboard, reuse protective packaging, try and source 2nd hand equipment when you purchase
- New wardrobe? There are countless apps/sites now where you can hire clothing or buy second hand. Delilah Collective, Hurr, Swopped, Vestiaire, Depop to name just a few. (the dress in the photo – aside from being creased! Is from The Delilah Collective, I highly recommend them to buy vintage pieces, their customer service is outstanding!)
5. Buy A Reusable Water Bottle
10% of the litter found in the River Thames is made up of just plastic bottles and staggeringly each year 13 billion plastic bottles are produced and only 7.5% are recycled (2017 RECOUP Household Collection Survey). With plastic taking hundreds of years to decompose buying a reusable water bottle is an easy swap if you haven’t already made the change.
We recommend Squidmoo, a Portsmouth based company who produce stainless steel water bottles that keeps your water cool. My sister bought my dad one after years of him drinking from plastic bottles and he is converted, I rarely see him without it!
So there we have it, five easy actions you can start today
I would love to know how you get on, what you’re already doing & what you want to change next. I’ve listed a few links that I’ve referred to throughout the blog. The only sustainable business I haven’t experienced is the Bower Collective, I’d love to know if anyone has and how you find the products and service they offer?
Thanks everyone, Harriet