Ever feel like all the human created problems in the world are so vast you don't know where to even start in helping?
Or could little old me even do much to help anyway?
I asked Yoga instructor, sustainability activist and creator of yoga Sonora Lotte Bowser to lend us a few tips on which small changes we can make that really do make a big difference.
Go and have a peek at her lovely instagram account where she will wow you with her flexibility, inform and inspire you about sustainability. Her yoga classes take place in London, so go check out her timetable
if you reside in the big smoke! (and if you're into music as much as stretching, her Yoga Sonora classes are a must)
Over to Lotte...
12 Ways To Reduce Your Impact
With the ever-growing concern around climate change, it’s easy to feel helpless and overwhelmed by the situation. But not all hope is lost! We can find empowerment by taking matters into our own hands and making a few small steps in the right direction as individuals. Here are my tips that’ll
help you reduce your own footprint.
Remember, it’s not about being perfect – it’s just about doing what you can, within your own means.
No amount of effort is ever lost or wasted, and if we all did something – no matter how small that action might be - we could make a big difference collectively.
1. Ditch single-use plastics like water bottles, coffee cups, cutlery and bags, and replace them with eco-friendly, reusable alternatives made from stainless steel, glass or bamboo. Some cafes will reward you with discounts if you bring your own cup too – a win for you and a win for the planet.
2. Head to your local farmers market or independent health food store, or sign up for an organic food box delivery with Able and Cole or Riverford for a great selection of in-season and/or locally grown fruits and vegetables, to cut back on some of the air miles the food has travelled to get to your plate.
3. Cook in bulk. Fewer ingredients left in the fridge or cupboards means there’s less likelihood of it ending up in landfill. If food waste was a country, it would be the 3rd largest greenhouse gas emitter behind China and the US, releasing as much carbon pollution as 39 million vehicles!
4. Compost your food waste. Avoid the landfill and regenerate unwanted food into new soil. You can find out more info on how to do this on your local council’s website.
5. Eat less meat. This is a controversial one, but the animal agriculture industry is the leading cause of rainforest destruction. Trees absorb carbon and release oxygen into the atmosphere – they’re crucial for our existence, as well as millions of ecosystems and plant and animal species.
6. Say no to fast fashion - The amount of natural resources used within the fashion industry during manufacturing and production is enormous, and the ethics behind cheap clothing is questionable too. Buy good quality items from independent, sustainable brands that’ll last longer, or shop vintage and second-hand and give a garment a second life.
7. Take a greener route and travel on foot or by bike for those shorter journeys. Get some exercise and enjoy the fresh air too while you’re at it.
8. Offset the carbon emissions produced by your air travel. Read more about this here.
9. Turn off your lights and switches when you leave the room to save electricity.
10. Make your showers shorter – and if you’re feeling brave, style it out a la Wim Hoff. Cold water exposure makes you feel like Superwoman. And if you wanted to make shower time even more environmentally friendly (and fun), share them with someone else! Just don’t forget to ask for permission first…
11. Recycle properly. There are quite a few do’s and don’ts when it comes to recycling, and if something ends up in the wrong bin, recycling companies deem the whole lot ‘contaminated’ and it send it straight to landfill! You can find out more about what to put where on your local council’s website.
12. Share your actions and your initiatives with your sisters and misters! The more conversations we start, the more this becomes a normal part of the social discourse, the more action we will inspire, and the more impact we will realize. Boom!