Simple tips to leading a more sustainable lifestyle

Those who have followed Forager's journey since we launched in March, will know how we have come from selling a product that was only 50% sustainable to now being a company that has a whole range of products made entirely from sustainable materials. This was an important move for us to make as we carry out our mission of delivering high quality products that provide targeted health benefits whilst leaving as little negative impact on the Earth as possible.

But what does it actually mean to be sustainable?

In essence, sustainability is all about leaving as little negative impact on the Earth and doing things in a way that are infinite & maintainable. For example, taking natural resources such as oil as this is something that won't last forever. Sustainability, is also about caring for people and providing them with good work to allow for they communities to thrive. That is why we only source our ingredients from suppliers that are accredited with Fair-trade governing bodies.

On the surface, it can feel challenging to switch to a more sustainable lifestyle. Especially, when there are so many people around us not doing their part to help the environment. However, when you break it down into small steps it can become a whole lot easier. That is why we have created a list of tips to help you live a greener and happier life.

You may already be doing a few of these things, or perhaps all of it, which is fantastic! But hopefully as a result of this post, you’ll pick up some opportunities to do your part to help mother nature.

Lower your electricity consumption around the house

  1. Using LED or CFL bulbs means you will use 70% less energy than if you were to use incandescent bulbs. They're also proven to last longer!

  2. Leave your blinds open to use as much natural light as possible before turning on your lights.

  3. Break the standby habit and turn your WiFi and TV off at night.

  4. Don't leave lights on in rooms that aren't being used.

  5. Hang your wet clothes on a drying line or rack instead of using a tumble dryer.

Reduce paper and plastic waste

  1. Purchase recycled toilet paper with plastic free packaging.

  2. Hang a no junk mail sign on your door/letterbox to reduce the amount of paper waste.

  3. Don’t buy plastic bags at checkout. Instead, use your own bags for groceries.

  4. Try and avoid plastic-wrapped products where possible. Often there are paper bag alternatives for fresh produce.

  5. Stop buying bottled water!

Sustainable kitchen

  1. Juice your off-cuts of fruit & veg.

  2. Use cloth instead of paper-towels to clean.

  3. Start composting. Here’s a guide to help you get started.

  4. Use washable metal straws instead of disposable plastic straws.

  5. Limit the use of hot water when hand washing dishes.

Sustainable fashion

  1. Buy second hand clothes where possible.

  2. Invest in better quality items that last longer!

  3. Try and shop at sustainable clothing outlets that can offer post-purchase repair services.

  4. Repurpose old clothes as rags or donate to a local mechanic if no longer wearable.

  5. Clothes that you no longer want or do not fit can be given to local charity shops.

Do you have any more simple sustainable living tips?

If you do, please make sure to let us know in the comments below!