At RAINE Clothing, it’s always been our priority to offer high-quality, eco friendly, and sustainable clothing that allows our customers to shop with confidence that their garments are being made in a completely ethical way. However, creating RAINE Clothing has taught us a great deal about living more sustainably, and we want to share some of the best ways you can lead a more eco-friendly living approach, to help reduce your carbon footprint.
We all know how important recycling can be – it currently saves about 700 million tonnes in CO2 emissions globally every year – but currently only 45% of the UK actually recycles. Most UK councils do offer a curbside recycling scheme, though, meaning you can have your recycling picked up in the same way your bins currently are. Not sure when your recycling should be collected, or how to recycle within your area? Head to the UK government recycling hub and pop in your postcode to find out more.
Invest in sustainable clothing
The fashion industry is currently one of the most polluting industries in the world – with the rise of fast fashion brands who are trying to produce trend-led clothing as quickly as possible, it’s not just the direct pollution from the factories and farming practices involved that can harm the environment. These practices tend to create a surplus of cheap, often poorly-made clothing which is designed to have a short lifespan, and therefore ends up being thrown away in a few wears, contributing to landfills, too. Not sure how to make the switch to more sustainable clothing? Head to our blog post about what makes a clothing brand sustainable for help.
Using less energy within your home is a great way of lowering your carbon footprint as well as saving money, and there are a lot of simple steps you can take to make big changes. Turning off and unplugging appliances when they’re not being used, purchasing energy-saving lightbulbs, and using a 3 minute timer for your showers can all have a huge impact on your energy output.
Reach for reusable products
Single-use plastics are one of the biggest contributors to ocean pollution currently, and often find their way to landfills when they’re not in the water – but a lot can be done to avoid them entirely, by purchasing reusable products instead. Opting for a refillable coffee cup to take to your local cafe, using a bag for life or tote bag instead of plastic, and replacing simple household products like disposable cotton wool balls with reusable pads can all make a significant change for the environment.
Whether you opt to walk for small journeys and enjoy the additional health benefits, or hop on the train for lengthier trips, ditching your car can seriously lower your carbon emissions, making a substantial difference in your lifestyle’s sustainability. We recommend starting with one switch from the car to a stroll per week, and building up from there!
Which of these tips are you going to try and adopt towards eco-friendly living this week? Let us know in the comments below, and don’t forget that you can read a little more on our eco-friendly sustainable clothing values on our about us page.