How to Live a More Eco-Friendly Life

It’s now more than a year since we were all left appalled by the impact our actions have had on the world’s oceans when those horrifying scenes of plastic waste in the sea aired as part of Sir David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II last autumn.

The footage shocked many of us into finding out how to be more eco-friendly in our day-to-day lives, with the UK government pledging £61 million to help combat the issue of ‘plastic soup’ in our oceans.

At Dermikelp®, the condition of our seas is extremely close to our hearts. Our skin and haircare products are made using the brown sea kelp ecklonia maxima, which we harvest by hand from the cool, fertile waters off the west coast of South Africa – we need our oceans to stay well protected so this amazing nutrient-rich kelp can continue to thrive.

So, what can you do to live a more eco-friendly life and do your bit to look after our precious planet a little better?

So, what can you do to live a more eco-friendly life and do your bit to look after our precious planet a little better?

Cut Down on Plastic Usage

The first step you can take to a more eco-friendly life is to cut down on your use of plastic. Invest in a BPA-free (that stands for bisphenol A – an industrial chemical) water bottle and get into the habit of carrying it with you wherever you go.

Drinking water fountains are starting to crop up in towns and cities across the UK, so seek these out while you’re out and about so you can stop buying water bottles that might contain BPA – and stop spending too much money on water as well.

Take a bag for life to the shops with you, buy a reusable straw to drink from on nights out, carry cutlery with you when you’re eating lunch on the go, and take your own refillable cup to the coffee shop.

All of these little steps can help you to significantly reduce your plastic usage over time – if everyone follows suit, the impact on the planet would be huge.

Recycle

Recycling as much as possible is another step towards a more eco-friendly life. Most local councils across the UK provide recycling bins, so make sure you’re separating your plastic, cardboard, glass, paper and garden waste from your rubbish.

Be mindful of your food waste too. Make the most of leftovers and try to get into the habit of batch cooking to use up any fresh meat and vegetables you buy to cut down on waste. You could also take this one step further and start a composter, turning vegetable peel and scraps into fertile fuel for your garden.

Upcycling is another form of recycling you might want to try. Instead of simply throwing out old or broken furniture, creating more waste, see if you can fix or reupholster it. You’ll most likely save yourself some money and pick up some new skills along the way too.

Leave the Car at Home

Leaving the car at home in favour of walking, cycling or using public transport can help to dramatically reduce your carbon footprint, enabling you to live a more eco-friendly life.

Driving less often could also help you to fit extra exercise into your routine, meaning you won’t have to spend quite so many evenings in the gym when you could be doing something else with your time.

Establish a Responsible Skin and Haircare Routine

You can be kinder to the environment in every aspect of your life; during your shopping trips, while you’re cooking and when choosing how to get from A to B - but also when it comes to choosing which skin and haircare products you use.

Make sure the ingredients in your products have been sustainably sourced, something you can be assured of with the Dermikelp® collection. The gentle yet powerful sea kelp found in our range has been harvested by hand from off the South African coast to keep it as pure and nutrient-rich as possible.

Using an eco-friendly shampoo, body wash and moisturiser from Dermikelp® can reassure you that you’re being kind to your skin and kind to the environment at the same time. Every time you shower or wash your hair, you can feel good that you’re doing your bit for the planet.

Shop the Dermikelp® collection of eco-friendly skin and haircare products here.

Sources:
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/oct/15/david-attenborough-urges-immediate-action-on-plastics-blue-planet
https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/theresa-may-commonwealth-plastic-climate-change-ocean-pollution-david-attenborough-blue-planet-a8305721.html

PP-UK-DERMOI-0011 October 2018

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