Green Consumerism

Green consumerism

Are you trying to become a greener consumer day by day? What alternative products or services, that respect the planet and workers, have already become part of your shopping habits? Green consumerism is here to stay!

Some of Ludo’s green shopping and everyday habits

Ludo has started buying fairtrade food such as bananas, coffee, chocolate, organic free-range eggs and fish from sustainable resources.

She only eats meat or has dairy products when they offered on special occasions as she is switching to a flexitarian diet where protein comes mainly from pulses, seeds and vegetables.

To wash the dishes or clothes her flatmates and her typically use natural cleaners that don’t harm our health and the sea. They sometimes buy recycled toilet paper too.

Green consumerism

Organic soap bought by Ludo when on holiday near Marseille last summer.

When using the washing machine she puts her clothes in a bag that collects microplastics which can be discharged from synthetic clothes.

She swapped her plastic toothbrush to a bamboo one and she makes her own homemade toothpaste. Although, there are eco brands that sell it in a pill form or as a paste in glass jars.

From time to time, she goes to charity shops to see if she can find something of interest such as second-hand books. However, she makes sure she doesn’t buy any unnecessary items or clothes.

Green consumerism

This is one of the best swaps you can make, buy a reusable coffee cup instead of ordering coffee in a single-use take away one

For her bike, she bought a rechargeable USB light to avoid using batteries. For sunny days, she has a power bank which recharges itself by using solar energy. Jon recommended a camping solar panel as it is portable. He uses it on his balcony to top up his power banks and for camping.

Green Consumerism? Where can you buy green products?

Fortunately, over the last few years the demand for green products and services has steadily increased, so too, green companies providing them.
Co-op and Sainsbury’s have long been the main supporters of Fairtrade products but now discount supermarkets such as Aldi and Lidl stock a growing fairtrade range. You can also buy products in bulk in zero waste shops which are starting to become widespread in London. Check out this website: https://www.zerowastenear.me/ to see if you have a store locally. There are a number of online shops where you can buy green products. You should look carefully though, to see if they carbon-offset deliveries and if they use sustainable packaging.

Green consumerism

Reusable food containers made from recycled plastic and BPA free

Natural homemade fertiliser from leftovers

Definition of fertiliser

Definition of fertiliser

Making natural homemade fertiliser from leftovers is quite simple and great for your plants. Here are a few ideas:

  • You can chop up banana peels and mix them in with soil or you can put them in a big jar with water and wait a couple of weeks. This will give you some liquid fertiliser. Bananas are rich in potassium.
Natural homemade fertiliser - Banana peels

Banana peel fertiliser

  • You can put coffee ground leftovers on top of soil or you can mix it into the soil. Coffee ground is rich in nitrogen, magnesium and potassium. It is suitable for acid-loving plants such as tomatoes, blueberries, roses and azaleas.
  • Crush up some eggshells after washing them and put the pieces in some soil. Eggshells and the water they were boiled in are rich in calcium. They are also good for keeping slugs at bay so a good idea is to leave some pieces on the surface of the soil around your plants.
  • Save the dirty water from your fish tank, then use it to water your plants. It is rich in nitrogen and other nutrients.
  • Save the water from steamed or boiled vegetables.
Natural homemade fertiliser - Water from boiled vegetables

Water from boiled vegetables

Some more natural homemade fertiliser from leftovers

  • You can start a compost bin by filling it with food and garden scraps, newspaper and a bit of water from time to time. Turn it upside down to speed up the composting process. When everything has broken down spread it on the soil around your garden
  • Jon makes his own natural fertiliser from his wormery, which is a lot of fun when you get into it!
Natural homemade fertiliser from Jon's wormery

Natural fertiliser from Jon’s wormery

Remember the golden rule when using fertilisers: “less is more.” Don’t use too much fertiliser or make it too concentrated. The fertiliser from Jon’s wormery, for example, needs to be diluted with water: one part fertiliser to nine parts water.

The 7-day Lockdown Leftover Challenge

Today, the Lockdown Leftover Challenge starts on Instagram!

Join the challenge to stop food waste – one of the leading causes of climate change! Share recipes, tips and nominate your friends with the hashtag #lockdownleftovers.

The campaign is organised by the Climate Venture Collective, a new collaborative community that meets once a month in London to find a solution to problems related to the climate.

Natural homemade fertiliser from leftovers