World Environment Day is just around the corner (June 5) so we wanted to share some ideas on how you can help the environment. These aren’t grand acts, but rather, small and thoughtful lifestyle changes that are achievable and equally as important. So here we go…
5 Simple Ways to Help the Environment
1. Swap the plastic water bottles for a reusable one
According to Sustainability Victoria, Aussies buy almost 15 billion plastic bottles every year and the majority of these bottles end up in landfill or in our waterways. Not only is it terrible for our environment, but it’s also very expensive. Bottled water on average is 2000% more expensive than the tap water we drink. Instead, invest in a high-quality, plastic-free option, like this Ever Eco insulated tumbler which keeps beverages cold for 24 hours and hot for 8 hours. It’s not just pretty and practical, it will stay with you for the long haul. Need we mention that it takes a whopping 450 years for a plastic water bottle to decompose?
2. Work out and pick up
This one’s a bit different but next time you go for your daily walk, bring a bucket and pick up some rubbish. Not only will it make your neighbourhood a whole lot cleaner and a more pleasant place to be, but it will also prevent the rubbish going anywhere it shouldn’t, like our waterways or in the beaks of our wildlife.
3. BYO produce and tote bags
Even though the Victorian Government has banned single-use plastic bags, we still see them everywhere we go. Plastic bags take up to 20 years to decompose and cause an unbelievable amount of damage to our environment . They fills up our landfill, contaminate soil and waterways, and in turn causes harm to our wildlife. It’s easy to forget your tote bags, we get it! We suggest keeping a few spares in the car or somewhere obvious like your door handle. Get started with our Zero Waste Shopping Set which includes an assortment of bags to hold seeds, fruit and vegetables, lightweight and heavyweight items.
4. Dump the disposable coffee cups
The ABC’s ‘War on Waste’ shed light on the staggering amount of disposable coffee cups Australians go through each year. In fact, at the time of airing, we were going through a mindblowing 1 billion takeaway coffee cups a year. The worst part is most ended up in landfill – left to degrade for 30 years.
Fast forward to 2020, there have been a few positive changes, with the introduction of the RecycleMeTM program by Detpak (a coffee cup collection and recycling system specific to RecycleMeTM branded cups) and the ongoing popularity of reusable coffee cups like this stylish Ever Eco multi-purpose tumbler which keeps beverages cold for 8 hours and warm for 4 hours.
5. Get involved
Donate to important causes and charities (like World Animal Protection Australia) and volunteer for environmental causes that are important to you – put your hand up, get involved and help make a difference!
Today we challenge you to choose one of these points and implement it. Just one small change by each person means that collectively, we can make a huge impact.
Let us know if you try any and if they worked for you!