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7 sustainable steps you can take today

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Did you know that September 7 is Sustainable Tuesday? A good reason to see for yourself how you can future-proof the world in your own way. You really don't have to take drastic measures right away: move to a hut on the heath, buy an expensive heat pump or ban all plastic from your life. These are 7 sustainable steps with which you can contribute to the world of tomorrow in a simple way.

7 steps to live more sustainably

  1. Buy second-hand more often
  2. Shampoo, conditioner and deodorant? Make it sustainable
  3. Swap toothpaste for tooth tabs
  4. Take a library subscription
  5. Immerse yourself in vegetarian food
  6. Hold a food-with-leftover challenge
  7. Less with plastic

Step 1 - Buy second-hand more often

Not only very sustainable, but also a lot of fun: scouring thrift shops and flea markets. Because why buy something new in the store when you can also pick up a great pre-loved acquisition for less money? And it is also good for the environment to give old things (which often don't look “old”) a second life.

So do you have a huge urge to add something new to your wardrobe? Leave the H&M and Zara for what they are and instead try your luck at finding clothes on Vinted, at the thrift store or in a second-hand store like Appel & Ei. Check here if there is one near you. And while you're at it: you can of course also offer your I-don't-wear-anymore items for sale there.

Nope, second-hand is no longer boring. Source: @appelenei Instagram.

Apple & Egg second hand

Step 2 - Shampoo, Conditioner and Deodorant? Make it sustainable!

You can also take sustainable steps in the bathroom. Do you still use an old-fashioned shampoo bottle and conditioner from a package? And deodorant from a can or roller? This can be done a lot more sustainably with Blokzeep products.

Swap your bottle for a shampoo block with a delicious mango scent and opt for this solid deodorant in a can instead of deodorant from a plastic bottle. A small change that saves a few plastic packaging per year! Makes the ocean happy. Oh yes, and the delicious mango scent of the shampoo & conditioner bar all in one will make you very happy too. I love it!

Step 3 - Swap toothpaste for tooth tabs

In the context of the sustainable steps in the bathroom: toothpaste is so 2019. Okay, and it is especially not a big party for the environment, those plastic tubes. That's why we came up with something super clever: toothpaste in tablet form. As soon as you put the tablet in your mouth, it will foam automatically. Just like you are used to with toothpaste. And if you want, it also has the standard peppermint flavor (strawberry is also possible!). Buy a bamboo toothbrush to go completely sustainable.

There are now also tooth tabs for children from the super cheerful brand Fairy Tabs . Includes colorful cup and fun stickers. Look, those are sustainable steps that make your child and nature happy.

fairy tabs

Step 4 - Sustainable steps? Get a library subscription!

Are you a real bookworm and do you have a whole closet full of books? But is your closet so full that you secretly hardly have room for new ones? Then that might be a good reason to go to the library. That is also a nice step towards sustainability. If a book is read by dozens of people, much less paper is needed than if everyone buys that book new.

So think about it: wouldn't that be something for you, such a library subscription ? This is immediately a good reason to sit with your nose in a good book even more often.

Speaking of books: do you know the book This is a good guide by Marieke Eykskoot? If you want to take sustainable steps, this book is a great guide to a green(er) lifestyle.

The library is sustainable

Step 5 - Immerse yourself in vegan food

The green baking tray

You don't have to immediately ban all animal food from your life to take a good step for the environment. Instead of eating completely vegetarian, you can also exchange your piece of meat for a meat-free meal once or a few times a week.

Make it a fun challenge to try all the meat substitutes from the shelf that are unknown to you. Or purchase a tasty vegan cookbook. I think the green baking tray is a great book!) and challenge yourself to conjure up a vegan delight on the table once every week.

Step 6 - Hold a Food With Leftovers Challenge

Stock pots and trays

Nothing wrong with an old-fashioned leftover day! Every year about 590 million kilos of food is wasted in the Netherlands. About 9% of our food ends up in the trash. And that's a sin. Make it a fun challenge to whip up a tasty meal with the leftovers. Keep what you have left over from an evening meal in a fresh container and bake it the next day with the rest of your food. Or see if you can use it for lunch the next day. Of course you can also save up all the leftovers to create a weekly leftover day. The freezer is by the way your best friend. Everything you freeze has a longer shelf life. And it still tastes just as good after a few days. You immediately save cooking time!

By the way, storing can be super cheerful with the brightly colored pots, trays and other solutions from Madame La Poule .

Step 7 - Decrease With Plastic

Shopping completely plastic-free will be quite difficult. But you can reduce your plastic consumption with small steps. You can also challenge yourself in this. For a week, keep track of how much plastic you use and what products they are, and see if you can reduce that amount. A few simple tips:

  • Buy larger packages of products, so that relatively less plastic packaging is needed for your groceries.
  • Take your own cloth bag with you to the supermarket, so that you no longer need plastic bags.
  • Buy cotton fruit and vegetable bags . That also saves bags in the store.
  • Invest in freezer containers and a good lunch box, so that you no longer need sandwich bags.
  • Bring your own take-away cup for your coffee or tea to go, so you don't have to ask for a plastic cup.

If you pay close attention, you will notice that you can quickly save a lot of plastic with almost no effort. One of the sustainable steps that also makes the fish in the ocean very happy! And it saves you taking away the plastic bag with waste a few times a week. Win win!

The earth is worth more than money

Tell us, which sustainable steps have you already taken?

About the author

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Romy Veul from More often Happy
Copywriter, language fanatic, crazy about color and cheerful as often as possible. That's who Romy Veul is in a nutshell. On her blog More Happy she takes you along in her positive fantasies. This always with a modest dose of humor and nice colorful photos.

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