We all aspire to reduce our carbon footprint, and that can happen in different levels. We can be more eco-conscious in our personal consumption habits, in our meals, our waste management system, our travelling ways, etc. Here are my 10, easy-to-follow tips to become the perfect eco-citizen.
Make your own household products
Making laundry detergent, dishwasher powder and multi-purpose sprays only requires a handful of inexpensive, natural ingredients, like white wine vinegar, baking soda, sodium percarbonate and black soap. These have the advantage of being affordable to you, environmentally friendly and healthy.
Eat organic, local food
Following the seasonal food production in your region is the first step to a healthy diet. Think locally and organically to bring quality, properly harvested products with a relatively low carbon footprint to your plate.
Buy in bulk
Adopt a “zero waste approach to your shopping routine by bringing a tote bag, reusable bags and light, washable and reusable food boxes with you when you go shopping. Curver’s “Dry Cube” line offers three sizes of airtight, transparent storage containers that are idea to carry dry foods
Cook your own lunch
There is no better way to eat well than cooking your own meals using fresh products. Use your weekends to cook large quantities of rice, cereals and vegetables, which can be kept fresh all week thanks to Curver’s “Smart Fresh” airtight containers. Before you go to work, take a few moments to put together a healthy, homemade meal each morning and take it with you in a “Smart To Go” lunch box.
Make snacks for your children
The same as with your own lunches, don’t hesitate to gradually replace your children’s packaged snacks with a fruit, a slice of farmhouse bread and a chocolate bar, or even with a homemade cake!
To reduce food waste, remember to keep your leftovers in food containers in the fridge. The variety of sizes and volumes offered by the “Smart Fresh” line of containers will allow you to always have the right container for any leftovers of your meals, for a piece of ham, for some salad…
All this cooking at home creates a lot of food waste: make compost with it! The leftovers from our cooking makes up a third of what goes into our bins, so it’s time to think about putting it to good use!
Get about on foot or by bike
The most obvious way to reduce your daily carbon footprint is by getting about by bike and on foot. If you live in the city, these means of transport are easy to use and can be combined with public transport.
Before succumbing to the temptation of the novelty or to replace a broken item, consider charity shops and second-hand options. Visit charity shops both to support social causes and to learn how to slow down your shopping impulses!
Surround yourself with plants
Indoor plants are a reminder of nature. If you live in a city and you are not able to enjoy nature on a daily basis, at least give yourself a present and decorate your living room and your office with plants of all shapes and sizes. Have some fun playing with flowerpots and give a stylish touch to your décor by choosing a “Knit Collection” or “My Style” Curver basket for example!