7 day sustainability challenge
If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen that I recently took part in a Sustainable Living challenge set by the team at Percol Coffee.
Sustainability and the environment is something I have become a lot more interested in over the year. It's been a pretty huge topic in general this year but I have really invested some time in educating myself a little more on the impact we, as humans, are having on the planet; in particular with the use of plastic.
When Percol came along and told me about their 7 Day Sustainability Challenge, how could I say no? I wanted to really challenge myself in this area and take it a little further than only using a reusable coffee cup, water bottle, straws and shopping bags. Don't get me wrong, these are awesome starts to a more sustainable life but now that I know a little more about other areas where I could be helping I want to begin to implement them.
Percol are really leading the way when it comes to sustainability and this challenge really shows how, as a company, Percol are really trying to do their bit for our planet and environment.
What did the challenge involve?
The 7 day challenge was broken down into days, with each day focussing on a different way of becoming more sustainable;
Day 1- Sustainable Washing
Day 2- Sustainable Drinking
Day 3- Sustainable Shopping
Day 4- Sustainable Fashion
Day 5- Sustainable Eating
Day 6- Sustainable Coffee
Day 7- Sustainable Christmas
The challenge focussed on swapping out your usual daily items for the more sustainable option that Percol sent in their huge box of items!
Day 1 focussed on Sustainable Washing. This day was quite an easy introduction to the challenge as it meant swapping out my usual body wash/scrub, deodorant and toothbrush for more sustainable options. I had a body scrub made from coffee grounds , natural deodorant and a bamboo toothbrush. These swaps are so simple and easy to make and once done are easy to keep up too. I particularly loved the deodorant as it smells so good!
Day 2 was all about Sustainable Drinking which, I do anyway in my general day-to-day routine. I always have a reusable coffee cup, water bottle and straws to hand incase I need them. I'm particularly loving this new coffee cup, it's my new favourite one!
Day 3 encouraged us to shop sustainably; using reusable shopping bags and produce bags. Although we are now charged 5p per standard plastic carrier bags in shops, there is still the option for small plastic carrier bags for produce in most supermarkets and shops so we are still bombarded with plastic in this way. Having a produce bag to pop items in is really handy; especially smaller items like tomatoes and mushrooms. Larger items can just be bought loose.
Day 4 was about Sustainable Fashion and this is the day I found most interesting; I learnt the most on this day. I've always found it quite difficult when it comes to sustainable fashion and I will admit, I do buy from large clothing stores, like Primark and H&M which I know aren't great! One thing I have started doing more of recently is reusing what I already own and making the most of them. I used to always buy a new outfit for every occasion but now, I will try and wear something I already have in my wardrobe and maybe pair it with something different.
Sustainable fashion is an area that I definitely need to work on but I am pleased that I know a little more about it and that I have changed my attitude towards shopping already, previous to the challenge.
Day 5 was all about the food; Sustainable Eating.
Food waste is a pretty huge thing in the UK; we throw away so much food! Percol sent me a composter to be able to compost my own food waste, how exciting! It's definitely something I hadn't though of before but will certainly be having a go at properly in the future, especially with Christmas coming up!
Day 6 and 7 were about Sustainable Coffee and Sustainable Christmas. As I mentioned above, Percol Coffee are leading the way with their sustainability and environmentally friendly practices. Of course, to continue the sustainability at home I now have a fabulous cafetière and espresso cup made of old coffee grounds! Does it get any more sustainable than that?!
Christmas is a time of year where we produce a lot of waste, especially wrapping paper! A lot go the wrapping paper made and used these days can't be recycled due to being laminated, foiled, covered in glitter and still with tape attached to it! The wrapping paper Percol sent me is wrapping paper made from 100% recycled materials, perfect! You could also use brown paper instead if you wanted :)
I've really enjoyed being part of Percol's 7 Day Sustainable Living challenge. It's been fab being able to share it with everyone, including you reading this, and I do hope that I have made some impact on the way you view the items you're using. I'm not asking for dramatic changes but a little tweak here and there can really go a long way. In the long run, you're going to be saving yourself money too!
Note: All items pictured were gifted to me by Percol to enable me to take part in the challenge.
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