Changing the world doesn’t happen in one fell swoop: it’s the result of consistent, gradual change which is the result of more thoughtful choices. And, thankfully, these choices don’t have to be painful. They can be fun, rewarding, stylish, and even save you money. So what are you waiting for? Here are our 10 tips for living more sustainably.
Find yourself a fancy thermos
Does your soul wilt a little when you buy a plastic water bottle? It should! Every minute, a million plastic bottles are purchased worldwide, most of which end up in our oceans or stacked in landfill. The solution at the consumer end is to invest in a reusable bottle – and there are plenty of nifty ones on the market. And, for extra brownie points, think beyond water and get yourself a thermos for coffee and juices… our office neighbours Frank Green have a pretty dazzling selection.
Cycle to work
Get some fresh air, move those muscles and be satisfied that your ride is totally free from emissions. Cycling to work also saves money in the long-run and has been proven to boost mood and cognitive function. And if your commute is a little long or hilly, check out the amazing selection of e-bikes at the Bermondsey showroom from our friends Fully Charged.
Embrace solar energy
Creating your own green energy from the sun is empowering! It saves money, resources and puts you in control of your energy usage. Our Zero Carbon Smart Homes all have built-in solar roofing systems, which, when paired with our home-automation system create the most sustainable homes in the UK. Visit our website to find out more.
Say no to single-use
It’s seriously time to rethink the single-use paradigm. Save on takeaway boxes and cutlery by bringing in your own lunch to work, use cloth napkins instead of paper towels, and always remember to order your drink without a straw! If you feel like you can’t slurp sufficiently solo then invest in a lasting alternative like these bamboo beauties from the makers of the Instagram-famous Coconut Bowls.
Buy better quality
It’s simple: better quality anything last longer. So forgo fast fashion for classics which will last. This means seeing past the forever turning tide of trends popularized on the high street and instead embracing minimalism. For gold-star status, buy with local artisans – you’ll be supporting local business and nab yourself something special: like these handmade rucksacks and leather phone cases from Cornwall studio Francli.
Are you leaving a paper trail? Have a think about how you can cut down on your paper usage. Request no receipt when dining out, take a tablet to meetings instead of print-outs, and reuse gift bags or use reusable wrapping paper so you can cut down on gift-giving waste.
Grow your own
Whether it’s a few tomatoes or some humble herbs, growing your own produce can help to reduce your food’s air miles and your carbon footprint. Plus, it feels pretty good to be self-sufficient – and we bet your own veg tastes much better than store-bought. In need of some homegrown inspiration? Head to The Pig Hotel, with sites in Devon, Hampshire, Dorset, New Forest and Somerset to witness their passion for field-to-fork style cooking.
Use the roots
Who says celery leaves aren’t delicious? Start becoming aware of – and imaginative with – your food waste. Veg pulp from your juicer can make a great base for healthy veggie burgers and on-their-way-out fruit can transform into beautiful compotes for porridge or smoothies when frozen. Check out the UK’s first zero-waste restaurant, Silo in Brighton, to get the creative juices flowing.
BYOB (bring your own bags)
In the routine of bringing your own bags to the supermarket? Bravo! But what about during your day-to-day? Bring a reusable bag with you when running errands – you’ll be surprised at how much waste you save. These totes from American brand Baggu make the task simple and surprisingly chic.
Watch your water use
Be smart with your water usage – it’s a precious resource. Try to take swift showers, only run the dishwasher and laundry when it’s full, and invest in efficient fixtures. All of our Verto Homes are fitted with the latest water-saving appliances – check out the sustainable features of our newest development Hilgrove Mews here.