In this post, the team at envirobuy.com put their heads together with this list that may help to give you ideas about how to live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle in 2022.
Every year, more and more people are waking up to the crisis we face with our environment. Indeed the problem is getting increasingly worse which makes it critical that we act now. It’s understood that as individuals, there is only so much we can do. The specific choices we make as people living in society can only make a small impact.
So you may be thinking ‘How can I affect significant change?’
You may be surprised to find out how much impact a single good decision can have, but if you’re not convinced, remember this: If everyone made the same changes, the impact is multiplied. Mass adoption of a change in this way is sure to get everyone’s attention and may help to change the economy, other people’s perspectives and even society itself.
What does it mean to be “environmentally friendly”?
An official definition of “environmentally friendly” states that it means ‘not harmful to the environment’. This is a very limited definition but one that certainly captures the essence of what it means to be environmentally friendly.
Things, however, aren’t that simple.
For example, incredibly useful items can still be intrinsically harmful to the environment but possess “environmentally friendly” qualities, features or options that can minimise or offset the damage, or bring benefits to the environment in a different way. This doesn’t mean that we should boycott these products or services. Society is a journey of progress and we shouldn’t let perfect be the enemy of good!
Sure, there will probably be many things around that can cause harm to the environment for a long time to come. But does this mean that we can’t be “environmentally friendly”?
Of course not!
We believe that being “environmentally friendly” is a state of mind – an ideology that drives you to make the right decisions where possible.
This doesn’t just bring the initial impact of your decision, but it also helps to spread the right attitudes, setting an example for other people who are interested in how to live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle.
So get comfortable and get ready to learn about ways that you can make the right decisions and be environmentally friendly.
How to live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle:
1. Switch to solar!
It seems obvious but we genuinely believe that one of the best ways to be environmentally friendly is to bring solar power into your life.
The applications for solar power are enormous, from small appliances to helping to power entire cities or towns. But in most cases, anywhere it is used results in clean energy that we either wouldn’t have otherwise, or it has replaced a fossil fuel source.
Solar power is a fantastic option, especially in the long run. So before you next turn to rely on the mains power supply, think, “Can I solar this?”
If you find the answer is ‘yes’ more often than not, well, I think we all know what you need to do!
What feels like yet another obvious suggestion from us, being an online ‘eco-store’, could actually be one of the more impactful.
Have you ever heard the phrase “money talks”?
Well there’s a good reason this phrase is used. In the UK, our economy is very sensitive to supply and demand. If something stops being popular, it’s possible it might disappear from the shelves. The same also applies conversely – if something becomes very popular, more shops seek to stock it and it becomes part of the regular products stocked on the shelves.
Just ask any company involved in the production of oat milk in 2021 about this!
There’s so much potential here, it can be quite overwhelming, but simply by making the right choices when it comes to our shopping, we can send the message to brands and manufacturers that we want more environmentally friendly products on our shelves.
This can be applied to many decisions in a store – from choosing loose produce instead of plastic covered options, to picking specific environmentally friendly cleaning or cosmetics products instead of the options with toxic and harmful chemicals.
Below are a few widely available environmentally friendly substitutes you can swap for your usual choices:
- Toilet paper
- Cleaning products
- Menstrual products
- Bin liners
- Poo bags
- Bread bags
- Carrier bags
- Drinks bottles
- Cups / cutlery
- Pens, pencils and other stationary
- Nappies / diapers / incontinence products
- Wrapping paper
3. Stay Local
An annual phenomenon that takes place in the UK sees a large number of Brits board aeroplanes and fly abroad to escape the “timid” British Summer – during the one time of the year we might be lucky to see some domestic sunshine.
I personally never understood the impulse to get away when the weather is the best it will be all year, but I certainly understand the wanderlust that drives people to do it.
However, whilst it is very popular to travel abroad for a holiday, many people may go to do so without even knowing what they’re missing in their own country!
There is so much beauty to see in the UK, from the Cotswolds to the Highlands, and whilst the weather might not be as reliably nice as somewhere like Ibiza, going during the summer months drastically increases your chances of a nice trip. Being local may also make it easier to plan your getaway around the weather which is a lot harder to do going abroad.
Staying local this year will not only help towards your environmentally friendly mission. It may also encourage others to do the same, after seeing on social media how much fun you had in The Lake District this year, your friends are sure to be jealous to hear how much money you saved!
4. Go electric
By earlier standards, modern electric vehicles are also extremely cheap to run too. In 2010, it cost $1,000 per kilowatt hour of battery power, now it’s closer to $100, which is also said to be the point at which it seriously rivals the internal combustion engine.
This places us at a very exciting point on the ‘S-curve’ that’s due to see the adoption of electric vehicles skyrocket.
At the same time, electric vehicles are becoming more supported with charging stations, meaning there has never been a better time to drive electric than right now.
5. Don’t use single-use plastic anything – if you can help it!
We all know about the hammering single-use plastic straws have received in recent years. In fact, in the UK, they’re actually banned! This was one of many steps we’ve been taking in recent years as a society to cut down on plastic waste.
The problem is, plastic is everywhere.
Living a truly single-use plastic-free life is incredibly difficult and it extends further than the supermarket.
But it’s the things right under our noses that make it seem so much worse. The plastic ice cream spoons from your favourite burger chain, or the empty disposable e-cigarettes that are stocked in most supermarkets, newsagents and vape shops in the UK – are constantly produced, sold and destined for landfill.
Supermarkets can reduce their plastic waste, but the problem extends much further.
The good news is, these things haven’t reached landfill yet!
And you don’t have to be the person who puts them there.
By cutting down on the single-use plastics that you use, it delays whoever is supplying that item from ordering more by just one customer. Of course, like with many of these changes, if everyone does the same, the impact is that much bigger.