We all want to do what we can to improve and help the world. But maybe we don’t realize that the little things in our daily lives, like our shopping habits, can have a huge impact and help us be healthier too. Everything we buy, the products we buy, and what we do with unwanted items can be transformed to benefit the planet.
We at The bright side wanted to share these ideas of little things you can try to make the world a better place.
1. Shop in-store to try on clothes
We know shopping online can be convenient, but what we don’t realize is that often the products we return end up straight in the landfill. Research indicates that online articles are 3 times more likely to be returned than in-store purchases. And brands are known for destroy millions of returned items, instead of reselling them. So avoid the temptation to buy multiple sizes and return what doesn’t fit, and instead take the time to shop and try on items in store.
2. Save or donate items you don’t want
Rather than returning items you don’t want, try to think of other things you could do with them. Maybe you have a friend or family member who would love what you bought? It’s a great opportunity to present that to them. Otherwise, you can always donate your unnecessary products to local organizations in need of clothing or beauty products, such as charities.
3. Be careful before buying discounts
The more we buy, the more After we throw. To make room for the things we buy at discounts, we’re more likely to throw away older items, which end up in landfills and harm the environment. Also, purchases during sales are more likely to require you to return items. So you might think it’s best to buy at a discount, but more often than not it’s actually a waste.
4. Buy clothes from thrift stores
The fashion industry produces 10% of humanity carbon dioxide emission. But when you buy second-hand items, fewer resources are needed and it doesn’t contribute to the damage the fashion industry is doing to the planet. And shopping at charity shops and thrift stores can contribute to important causes, while getting stylish products at the same time!
5. Buy local food products
It’s a small but really impactful change that can make the world a better place while improving your health. Buy food locally as much as possible Support farmers and local businesses in your area and improve your nutrition and that of your family at the same time, because local foods are more likely to be all-natural. In addition, products grown nearby are not bad for the environmentwhile shipping groceries from afar emits more harmful gases.
Also you can buy organic everything from markets and local businesses – from food to toiletries and cleaners. These are safer as they are not made of harsh chemicals. But they also show retailers that you are interested in environmentally friendly products so they stock more of them in the future.
6. Use tote bags for your groceries
Reusable grocery bags and tote bags are very eco-friendly! Instead of using plastic or paper bags, you can bring bags with you to the store and use them to carry your items.
It takes 15 to 1,000 years for the average plastic bag decompose, and they end up in landfills. So that small gesture of bringing your own bags to the store makes a big difference. In fact, 32 countries around the world have already banned plastic bags to encourage this behavior.
7. Only try to shop online once a week
We know online shopping is popular because it is very practice. But online store shipping and packaging can harm the environment.
So you can try ordering in bulk once a week, instead of buying every time you need something. This allows for less packaging and a single trip for delivery. It’s an extra step, but one that really makes the world a better place!
8. Try to avoid impulse buying
Marketing uses tricks to encourage us to impulsively buy things and overspend. We know it’s not easy to just stop doing that. But maybe you can try taking a moment before hitting the “buy now” button.
Ask yourself some questions:
- Do I really need this?
- Do I already have something similar?
- Can I buy it later?
You might even decide to leave something in your cart for 24 hours before buying it – if you still want to buy it a day later, go for it. This not only saves you money, but also reduces wasted impulse purchases that you’ll later want to return.
9. Choose natural fabrics
High quality fabrics mean you can wear something over and over again, and it will last for years. This is positive since you don’t need to buy so many new fast fashion items. Natural fabrics like cotton are not only breathable and comfortable, but they are biodegradable.
However, synthetic fabrics take up to 1,000 years to decompose, use chemicals (which can end up in water), and leave behind microplastics that enter water when washed and end up in the oceans.
10. Repair and recycle clothes
There are other eco-friendly options to consider before disposing of old clothes. You could try your hand at fixing them. You can also to recycle them – i.e. using them to create something else that you can use. For example, old clothes can become washcloths, pillowcases, tote bags or reusable gift wrap.
There are so many videos online on how to upcycle your old clothes and turn them into something amazing.
11. Waiting to wash
Washing machines use a lot of water and produce a lot of carbon dioxide, which is not good for the earth. But they are necessary, because we all need clean clothes! What you can do is avoid do the laundry a little longer. For example, you should wash your jeans after 6 weeks (and often more washing wears them out faster), and you can wash sweaters after 2 to 5 uses.
Do you do any of these things? What are you doing to contribute to positive change in the world? Let us know in the comments.