Did you know only a staggering 35 per cent of people are confidently ‘doing their bit’ for the planet?*
Monika Poppy Reveals How to be More Sustainable in Everyday Life.
Monika Poppy’s 10 Top Sustainable Tips
1. Mix old and new!
A lot of us mix cheap and expensive when it comes to clothing, so why not change it up for old and new? Check out charity shops or swap clothes - it’s amazing to get something great and not look like everybody else on the high street.
2. Broken is not always the end!
The movement of sustainability has seen a lot of repair shops pop up - even online ones!
Appliances, such as electrical goods, can be repaired most of the time, this saves money and avoids the item ending up in landfill.
3. Try to have one day a week where you don’t eat any meat at all
This can be ‘meatless Mondays’, which is a really popular movement, or you can tailor it to suit your family. Just one day will have a huge impact, not only on your own health but also on the planet.
4. Grow your own herbs!
Growing your own herbs is a lot easier than people think - all you need to do is get some seeds and a pot. This way you will save money and help with fighting plastic pollution as we know fresh herbs often come in little plastic packaging.
5. Ditch plastic bottles!
We tend to buy bottled water because it tastes better, but you can very easily invest in a countertop water filtering system. You don’t need to install it, you just put it on your countertop, it filters the water and makes it taste better. You’ll save a ton of money and you can ditch plastic bottles entirely.
6. Refit your showerhead or take baths
A shower that lasts 5 minutes uses on average 100L of water. The same goes with one bath. So if you like longer showers either consider switching to a bath to linger for longer, or refit your shower head with a low flow showerhead.
7. Wipes and replacements
Makeup wipes, wet wipes and baby wipes all contain plastic which can lead to pollution and also clog your pipes when thrown down the toilet. There are many replacements to consider. For makeup, wipes try reusable makeup clothes designed to be activated with just water to remove makeup. For baby and wet wipes, try gel applicators that go on regular toilet paper to work as a wet wipe.
8. Naked bars
The easiest switch in the bathroom is to buy naked bars when possible. That means bars of soap instead of gels but also bars for shampoo and conditioners and even shaving creams.
9. Sustainable swaps
Switch up your bathroom essentials, such as your toothbrush and interdental brushes for eco-friendly, more sustainable options such as TePe’s interdental brushes with 100% recyclable packaging and the sustainable TePe GOOD™ Toothbrush which is made with 96% plant-based plastic.
10. Choose brands wisely
Take time browsing and choose the brands you use wisely. Is the brand focusing on becoming more sustainable such as reducing its carbon footprint or taking part in carbon footprint offsetting programs? These are all steps that brands can and should take!
To learn more about sustainability, as well as accessing useful tips on quick and easy changes you can make to your daily routines, visit our Sustainability Hub.
*Research conducted via a poll of 2,000 adults, 2021