So you’ve decided to save the planet. Now what?
The recent news from the IPCC hit home for many people, myself included. We have just 12 years to halt irreversible, catastrophic climate change. If like me you’ve been working at this for a while, trying to make the changes you need while maintaining the busy mum life, you’re probably already a good way there (and a massive high five to you). If you’ve only recently decided to make that change, this post if for you.
Beginning your journey to fight climate change is often daunting, but it really needn’t be. Below, I outline seven things you can do to get you off to an amazing start.
7 speedy steps to kick-start your green journey
Have a plan. One of the best ways to get things done quickly is to always know what you’re doing next. This isn’t really something a blog can tell you. Do you need to buy some new clothes? Look into sustainable fashion. Still eating meat and dairy? Try out some vegan recipes.
Find somewhere that sells all of the things. Life is so much easier when you know where to look for your next green alternative. eco-‘s platform brings together the best green products on the market making your finding your next swap as easy as scrolling through Facebook.
Find like minded people. Getting through your green journey is so much easier with friends. When I’m stumped, there is always someone I can ask for advice because I’ve built that network. Talk about climate change with those close to you, find people who share your ideals, see if there are any active groups on Facebook that fit your personality (I personally love Vegan Food UK and Journey to Zero Waste in the UK).
Research, research, research! This doesn’t have to be daunting. Subscribe to a few newsletters and like a few relevant social media pages (starting with the Inspire Create Educate Facebook page and the eco- Pinterest – #shamelessplug). When you start curating a feed that gives you the information you need, research will come naturally.
Change one thing at a time. In order to make new habits stick, we have to be able to keep at it. I try and just change one or two things about my lifestyle every month. This gives me space to adjust to the change and iron out any problems.
Put the brakes on fossil fuel consumption. How is your home powered? Chances are, by dirty fossil fuels. Although it’s been well documented that cutting back on meat and dairy is the best way thing an individual can do to fight climate change, the fastest thing you can do is switch to a renewable energy provider.
Make everyday activities greener. Find a way to make little things you do everyday less harmful to our planet, whether that’s making walking the school run part of your exercise routine or using a search engine that plants trees every time you search.
A budding marketplace for busy climate heroes, eco- aims to make it easy for busy people to find their next green swap.
“Long story short, we noticed that many people are interested in having a more sustainable lifestyle, but don’t know where to start. Others believe that eco-friendly products are way more expensive and compromise on style or quality… we both know it’s a misconception!
That’s why we launched eco-, an online marketplace in the UK, whose aim is to become the one-stop platform to buy all kind of stylish and quality eco-friendly products.”
What is the next thing you need to change? Let me know in the comments!