Small swaps can have a big impact
Trying to live a more eco-conscious life can be overwhelming. With so much global waste, it can sometimes feel futile to implement changes on an individual. But these small, incremental lifestyle swaps can make a huge difference, as our choices each day aid our collective efforts to better the planet. Here are a few simple practices that you can incorporate into your everyday life.
Eat locally and seasonally where possible
The next time you need to go shopping for groceries, why not check out your local farmer’s market? Not only will you benefiting your health by getting the freshest produce possible, you’ll also be giving back to your community with much lower waste, less environmental resources and reduced transportation.
WelleCo founder Elle Macpherson focuses on incorporating organic, seasonal produce into her diet. “I shop seasonally and locally for organic, raw food at the farmer’s market,” she says, explaining, “I believe in supporting local businesses and I know the microbiome works best when we eat according to what is available to us in each season.”
Buy your daily items in bulk
If you’re buying something that you know you’re going to use every day, why not purchase in bulk? That way you won’t run out at a moment’s notice, plus you’ll also reduce transportation costs, which has a positive effect on the environment.
Signing up to WelleCo’s 3-pack subscription of The Super Elixir™ is an easy way to lessen your impact, while still ensuring that you’re getting your daily intake of nourishing greens. You’ll also receive a significant 25 percent off your order, so your wallet will see the benefits too.
Ditch single-use items for reusable
Straws, coffee cups and makeup removing wipes – while they might be things you encounter every day, they’re also examples of single-use items that eventually end up in landfill. In fact, the latter can take up to 100 years to biodegrade, which is a whole lot of waste just to remove a bit of makeup.
Instead, opt for straws and coffee cups that can be washed and reused, or try a cleansing oil or balm that can break down the day’s makeup when used with a warm, washable face cloth.
Pads and tampons are also major contributors when it comes to waste, so consider changing from single-use period care to reusable, including menstrual cups and sanitary underwear, which can be safely cleaned and used again.
Buy less or choose pre-loved to extend the product lifecycle
Fashion is the second-highest polluting industry in the world. It’s also said to produce 10 percent of all our carbon emissions and is the second-largest consumer of the world's water supply. Buying an outfit that you’re only going to wear once and toss might seem like a insignificant choice, but in reality those clothing items can take decades to decompose.
Consider your buying habits when it comes to fashion. Buying less, or opting for items that are better quality and can be worn for years to come, is much kinder to the planet (and your bank account!).
There are also a number of ethical pre-loved retailers that sell stylish vintage items, which can also allow you to shop for clothes that might have otherwise been out of your budget. Mending items you already own that might have broken can also have an impact by extending the product lifecycle, as you won’t need to buy more.