Eco conscious choices - Both in business and at home
I abolustely love being in nature. I have always been so passionate about wildlife and the environment, it saddens me that so often now people are disconnected with the beauty that nature and wildlife can bring to our lives. If we don't provide the habitats and plants that our pollinators, birds and other wildlife need, many of our native species are under huge threat of extinction.
"TO PLANT A GARDEN IS TO BELIEVE IN TOMORROW" - Audrey Hepburn
Part of wanting to protect not just our native species but all wildlife we have on this Earth is making eco conscious choices. I think many people find it all very overwhelming at first, so choose to live in wilful ignorance. I COMPLETELY understand. I often find myself feeling overwhelmed by the sheer scale of the problem, feeling downtrodden, hopeless, and that's ok too. It's important in those times, to make sure you research what progress has been made, the triumphs in amongst it all. As there are many of those too.
"WE MUST TEACH OUR CHILDREN TO SMELL THE EARTH, TO TASTE THE RAIN, TO TOUCH THE WIND, TO SEE THINGS GROW, TO HEAR THE SUN RISE AND NIGHT FALL, TO CARE."
- John Cleal
Here are some of the simple changes I have made to both my business and home life which you can do too..
I only use recycled card for all my greeting cards, brown kraft envelopes (I am switching to recycled envelopes too on next order) and I don't use plastic wraps
I try to make my business as plastic free as possible. I buy paper bubble wrap, all recyclable packaging for my products, plastic free tape.
I also make sure that everything comes from certified sustainable sources.
I am in the process of sourcing compostable packaging for my prints.
I invested in TREEBOMBS. These were supposed to be given out at shows this year with each purchase, to help offset carbon emissions by planting native Alder trees. I will soon be including them instead with each online order.
I have raised and donated over £1,600 this year so far for various animal charities, both in the UK and abroad.
I switched toilet roll brands - instead of buying from the supermarket, which comes in plastic packaging I signed up to Who gives a crap. No plastic in sight, 50% of profits go to building toilets and they come from sustainable bamboo
I swapped my sponge scourers for washable reusable bamboo scourers. These last for months, and when you eventually have to replace they will naturally break down. Also they don't release any nasty microplastics into the water system
I stopped eating meat. Intensive farming has a huge carbon footprint and massive land use. If you can't do without a bacon sandwich, try to reduce the amount you eat and source locally farmed produce instead
I try to buy seasonal locally grown veg, air freighted food from the supermarkets has a big carbon footprint
I bought a litter picker for when we are out walking, super simple and makes you feel good doing it!
I did my research and don't use any beauty products or brands that test on animals
I try to avoid buying products with palm oil, which is responsible for mass deforestation and habitat loss to animals like the Orangutan
I ditched single use plastics like cling film for reusable options
Also avoid wet wipes at all cost! Whether for cleaning or makeup removal, these are so bad for the environment and very easy to do without.
I did a little bit of research and have been planting flowers for the bees and pollinators in my garden
We switched to a green energy company
"WE DON'T NEED A HANDFUL OF PEOPLE DOING ZERO WASTE PERFECTLY. WE NEED MILLIONS OF PEOPLE DOING IT IMPERFECTLY." - Anne Marie Bonneau
I think it's important from the little platform I do have to spread the word, and I hope I can inspire at least one person to make a change. If not for yourself, for the generations to come. I hope that my wildlife drawings can inspire people to reconnect again and be proactive in making a difference.
Here are some resources that may help you on your journey...
1 Million women are a great organisation that have lots of info and resources about climate change..
With Friends of the Earth you can get your bee saver kit, learn about plastic pollution and lots more..
Take the carbon footprint questionnaire with WWF to get an idea on your emissions and what you can do to lower them..
Plastic Freedom are the place to go for all your eco friendly replacements, once you get looking it's amazing how many simple swaps you can make..
Who gives a crap for your eco friendly toilet roll swap..
Please if you have any questions or want any advice drop me a message!