What can we do to help the planet?
​19th September 2019

Clothes and Plastic Recycling

Climate change is a huge issue facing our planet right now.

Adding to this, we have a huge problem with plastic pollution, fast fashion consumption, air pollution plus a whole lot more!

So what small changes can we make to our lives that will have a positive impact on our planet?

​1. Plastic

According to Surfers Against Sewage, around 8 million pieces of plastic enter our ocean every day. Two thirds of this come from people leaving their litter on the beach, rather than taking it home and recycling it, people dropping their litter in the streets and it getting lost through the drains or from badly managed landfill sites. It can also be down to containers going overboard at sea or lost fishing equipment.

There may now be around 5.25 trillion macro and microplastic pieces floating in the open ocean. Weighing up to 269,000 tonnes.

So what can we do to help?

Recycle… properly! Many of us recycle at home, but a lot of us can get confused with what actually is recyclable. If you need a little guidance, check out what each of the recycling symbols mean here to help you make more informed decisions next time you go to chuck something away!

Refill your everyday household items! There are a lot of shops popping up all over the world that offer refilling stations for things like washing up liquid, laundry liquid, body wash and shampoo and conditioners. Any bottles you currently have in your cupboards can be taken in empty and refilled – meaning you’re only paying for the product and not the packaging. Not only is this quite fun, you’ll be helping the planet too!

Stop using single-use plastics! Try shopping in supermarkets that don’t wrap their food in plastic, or consider not using a bag to hold your loose fruit and veg in. Creating your own bees-wax food wraps are another fun creative way of not using items such as clingfilm – find a tutorial here!

Me and Kira

​2. Clothes

Oxfam state that every week 11 million items of clothing end up in landfill. This is a staggering amount which puts lot of pressure on the planet and the people that are making it. Watch a video here by Fashion Revolution, who’s mission is to unite people and organisations to work together towards radically changing the way our clothes are sourced, produced and consumed, so that our clothing is made in a safe, clean and fair way.

Next time you go and buy something, why don’t you look in a charity shop? Not only can you find some real gems, you’ll be helping the planet and the charity you’ve chosen to shop in!

Re-look at your wardrobe. Have you got items of clothing in there that you never wear? Consider why this is – donate it to charity or even try and sell it yourself. Throwing away your clothes should never be an option! Recycle it at textiles recycle banks. If it’s broken or damaged, take it to schools or colleges to use as scraps. Do anything to avoid it going into landfill!

If you’ve got a big event coming up, why don’t you consider renting an outfit? Instead of buying a brand new outfit which you may only wear once, find platforms such Rent the Runway and rent a dress or suit or whatever you desire instead!

For September, Oxfam are running a campaign calledSecond Hand September’. Join the campaign and pledge to not buy anything ‘new’ for 30 days and hashtag your second hand finds using #SecondHandSeptember.

Clothes Blog

3. Travel

Did you know that one short haul return flight can account for 10% of your yearly carbon emissions?

Travel responsibly! If you can, walk or cycle to wherever you need to be. Not only does this help the planet it can also help keep you fit and healthy too! Trains are also a better alternative to flying, and if you can, travel by train to your destinations - whether that be local or abroad.

Be creative with your travelling! Using public transport will enable you to see more. Think about how many sights you miss by getting a plane? If you stay on the ground, you’ll be able to experience and see a lot more!

If you need to travel by car, consider using an app like LiftShare. Sharing a car journey can help reduce CO2 emissions and save you money. What’s more to like?

Climate Change Infographic

4. Stay informed and use your voice!

By simply using our voices we can make a huge difference.

Write a letter to your local MP – ask them what their stances are on particular issues you feel passionate about. Contact the brands you buy from and ask them what their commitments are to creating a more sustainable planet. Or, just talk to your friends and family – keep the conversation going, inspire them to do something differently which will help the planet and the people and animals in it!

Keep yourself informed of what us going on right now in terms of climate change, pollution, and environmental issues worldwide. The more you know, the more you can inform! Follow brands, charities and campaigns on social media, share their posts, keep them circulating!

Support charities that are doing good things for issues you feel passionate about – help them to raise money or even volunteer for the day.

Extinction Rebellion

There are so many things we can do to help create a more sustainable planet. We have barely scratched the surface with this blog – but we hope it can inspire you to change one thing about your everyday life which can have a massive impact on the planet! To check out your own carbon footprint and see what you can do to change it for the better check out WWF's Carbon Footprint Calculator here​.

Let us know what actions you’re going to take through our social media channels. We’d love to hear how we have inspired you to make a positive changes to your everyday lives!

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