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World Environment Day

I was going to apologise in advance for this post being a bit preachy then I thought, nah stuff it, actually this is pretty important. We’re talking about the future of our children and the planet, it’s OK to be a bit preachy.

Tomorrow is World Environment Day. I wasn’t really aware of it before this year, my bad, but it’s been going since 1974. World Environment Day is the United Nations day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment. Over 100 countries across the globe are celebrating the day.

Big’s school sent out a letter letting parents know that they were planning on doing special activities during the day to raise awareness amongst the children, which I think is an amazing idea. I mean at the end of the day it’s them who are inheriting the planet isn’t it so it’s important that they know how to look after it since previous generations and politicians haven’t been the safe guards that they/we should have been.

Recently, there’s been a lot in the press, quite rightly, about climate change and how scientists believe we are heading ever closer to the point of no return.

Just this week Waitrose have announced that they are trialling reducing the packaging on certain products and encouraging the public to bring their own containers, or rent one for a deposit. Morrisons are also reducing the packaging on a lot of their fruit and veg.

Obviously there have been a number of protests about climate change recently. One of the most high profile is the school children from across the world marching to raise awareness. It is heartening that at such young ages they are politically active. But it’s also incredibly sad that they should have to be in this position given the number of years scientists have been warning the world of the impact climate change will have on our planet. No Donald Trump this is not more ‘fake news’ this is real! Get with the programme.

I live in Cardiff and were luck enough to have Ripple Living on our doorstep. Ripple is an ethical lifestyle and zero waste store and promotes zero waste living. Sophie, who owns the store, stocks everything from cereals and seeds through to wax sandwich wraps to bars of shampoo. It’s a real treasure trove and I love having a little mosey around to see what’s in stock.

Sometimes it’s hard to feel like you’re making a difference but each small action can build to create a larger impact than you initially though. Here are just some of the things as a family we’re trying to do to be more environmentally friendly:

– recycling as much as we can in terms of plastics, papers etc. We’re very lucky in Cardiff that we have excellent facilities for recycling and Wales is actually the second biggest recyclers in the world. We also use our food waste caddy so that food waste doesn’t just go to the dump.

– Taking bottles out with us when we’re out and about rather than buying bottles of water.

– taking reusable cups if we’re not drinking our coffees in a shop. Sidenote, I got an rCup the other week from Ripple Living and I’m so impressed with it. Not only is it made with recycled plastic but it doesn’t leak…like ever!

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– using metal straws instead of plastic. I got mine from Globi but there are loads of places which stock metal straws.

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– trialling using bar shampoos rather than a bottle of shampoo. I’ve been using Lush Jason and the Argon Oil shampoo recently and I’m really liking it. I’ve found the bar shampoo leaves my hair squeaky clean (literally), which makes me wonder what was in my old shampoo to be honest.

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– using more environmentally friendly washing up liquid. We use eCover.

That’s just a small part of what we do but it’s quite easy to see how it all adds up.

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