Time for Change – part two

Habits allow daily functions to happen without us thinking about them and make life easier.

Getting up at 5:00am is a good example. Mark wakes up around that time daily. He is often awake before the alarm and doesn’t even think of it. I can enjoy a good lie in without any problem. It is only in the last couple of years that I developed a decent morning routine after reading a couple of helpful books.

Most people will say that changing a habit is much harder than making a new one. Those of us whose lives have been turned upside down by corona virus could now have an opportunity to think about any habits that we would like to change.

One of my favourite sayings is – if you don’t want to do something, do something else instead. In this case if you want to get out of bad habits then take stock and decide what good habits you wish to have and start practising them. It will give you something to do.


Getting back to my point in part one about the environment, our normal busy lives are governed by convenience.

I have read loads of things and we try our best to make choices that seem to be environmentally friendly

In an exercise to have no single use plastic for a day I discovered that it is practically impossible to make that choice.

(Also there is a need to consider that not all plastic or single use plastic is a bad thing – just look at how invaluable it is now in helping to protect people from the coronavirus.)

We thought about zero waste, recycling, carbon footprints of products etc etc – so many different choices with different explanations of why that area is most important. What is science or what is hearsay or marketing?

The habits I have developed that were easy wins for me and always apply:

  • Soap bars
  • Shampoo soap
  • Deodorant in cardboard tubes
  • Compost
  • Toilet roll from recycled paper ordered in bulk so that they come in a cardboard box
  • Take my own bags everywhere
  • Milk in glass bottles from milkman
  • Switching lights off and all the usual energy saving things

Things I do when I can:

  • Soap nuts and low temperature for washing clothes
  • Use own cup and bottles for drinks out and about
  • Take my own cutlery
  • Take my own containers for meat etc
  • Look out for products in cardboard instead of plastic
  • Buy locally produced products
  • Buy British
  • Buy Fairtrade
  • Buy environmentally friendly products
  • Buy from a charity shop
  • Reuse, reuse, reuse
  • Reuse, reuse, reuse – I’ve said that twice as it is the first consideration when thinking of the environment.

Some of these things can be a pain and difficult or more expensive. Some can be impossible, but some can be done.

If each single person changed just one habit towards environmental improvement then what a difference that would make.

I am grateful for any hints and tips for ways to further reduce my impact on the environment so if you do something thats not on my lists that I could try please message me.

If you couldn’t previously think about doing things differently and you want to be more green – maybe now is the time for change…….

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