23 Feb 2018

Green Activities To Fit Into Your Every Day

We are nearly at breaking point when it comes to overt consumerism causing irreversible damage to our environment. Our planet can only take so much before it collapses under the weight of our materialistic needs.

All is not lost, yet. We can make a real difference and all it will take is for each one of us to make little changes to the way we live. Here are a few green ideas to fit into your everyday.

We can make a real difference to our environment if we only try. All it will take is for each one of us to make little changes in the way we live. Here are a few green ideas to fit into your everyday. Little changes that will add up to make a big difference.

Furniture upcycling or restoring
If you’ve got some tired furniture around the house that could do with a fresh lick of paint or a total new lease of life, you might like to get into upcycling or restoration. Local colleges usually offer courses for beginners, or you might prefer to try learning for free on your own by following YouTube tutorials. Check out Pinterest for inspiration - you’d be amazed at the things you can do to refresh dated furniture. If you don’t have anything at home to fix, you could try looking for some tired furniture online instead. Get it delivered via Shiply and get stuck in to what could become a very rewarding and relaxing new hobby.

Take a clothes-making class/sewing machine class
We all have those moments of looking in the wardrobe at a mountain of clothes but still feeling like you’ve got nothing to wear. Imagine if you were able to correct all the little faults that your current clothes have: too long, not tight enough etc, or be able to update them to fit current fashionable shapes and styles. If this sounds good to you, you might like to invest in a sewing machine and take a class - take a look at courses offered in your local area. Later down the line you might even like to start making your own clothes. Not only would this be good for your own wardrobe, it also means you’ll forever be able to make your own Christmas presents!

Get into ‘plogging’
If you haven't heard of plogging, it's a new trend combining ‘picking up’ and ‘jogging’, where the general idea is to take a bin bag with you on a jog and pick up litter during your run. If this sounds a little strange and you’d prefer a group activity, take a look at organisations across the UK like Goodgym. They get together for group runs every week to run and do a good deed, like gardening at a community centre or cleaning up for those who aren’t able to. If you’re already a member of a running or cycling club, why not suggest scheduling a stop on one of your routes to help clear a notorious litter spot and have a go at plogging?

Give up plastic / try zero waste
There has recently been a real drive in getting consumers to understand the devastating effect of plastic to our oceans (and everywhere else). Many companies are pledging to go plastic free and current campaigns are encouraging us to refuse plastic straws in our drinks at bars and restaurants. There are lots of different ways to get involved, like taking your own reusable bags on your big supermarket shops, or choosing greener companies where you can. 

You’d be amazed at the amount of waste around you when you start focusing on it! Whether you get involved in the easier things like investing in a glass or refillable plastic bottle, through to the more difficult like adopting a truly ‘zero waste lifestyle’, it all adds up to make a difference.

Have you tried any of these green endeavours or do you have any of your own? Please share in the comments below.

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