Our Eco Swaps this Earth Day

This Friday 22 April is Earth Day. That means rethinking how we can change our lives to be nicer to the planet.But don’t worry! Making changes doesn’t mean you have to revolutionise your lifestyle by installing solar panels or going fully vegan… (although we’re not judging, if so!)

The little things do count, too… from using keep-cups at our cafes to swapping to vegan beauty-products from our health & beauty retailers, make Earth Day count with everyday eco-friendly swaps.

Here are our top 5 swaps to consider this Earth Day…

1. Swap packaged fruit and vegetables for loose produce at Sainsbury’s

An eco-friendly swap to reduce your waste: Buy loose produce instead of purchasing package fruits and veggies! Don’t forget your reusable bag too!

If you want to take that extra step in making changes with food, why not try ‘Meat-Free Monday’ each week, by having a fully vegan meal? Here’s a recipe to try from Sainsbury’s…

Aubergine and Crispy Tofu in a Sticky Pepper Sauce

Sweet, sour, sticky vegan goodness. You can’t beat this when you need mouthful of flavour and comfort – particularly on a Monday!

https://recipes.sainsburys.co.uk/recipes/aubergine-and-crispy-tofu-in-a-sticky-pepper-sauce

2. Swap disposable coffee cups for a reusable coffee cup

Are you a caffeine-lover and visit us regularly for your morning pick-me-up? Then purchasing a reusable coffee cup should be one of the first things on your to-do list. Want to know the best part about this easy, eco-friendly swap? You can even get discounts in our selected coffee shops!

Costa: you receive 25p discount for using your reusable cup & water re-fills are free!

Pret a Manger: You’ll get a 50p discount on hot drinks when you bring in a reusable cup. They also offer the same discount on their cold Barista prepared drinks (such as frappes, smoothies and iced coffee)!

Leon: Offer 45p off hot drinks in eco-cups, whether you’re staying in or taking out. 

3. Replace your plastic toothbrush with a bamboo toothbrush

This is one of the easiest eco-friendly swaps you can make this year! Instead of sending a plastic toothbrush to a landfill every three months, you could use a bamboo or wooden toothbrush and compost it once you’re finished with it! Holland & Barrett and Boots have a variety of bamboo/ wooden toothbrushes in their stores, plus a whole host more of zero-waste products – check out their dedicated stands and displays when you next pass through.

4. Swap liquid soap for a bar soap

An easy eco-friendly swap to make in your bathroom is to use a solid soap bar instead of liquid soap. This is a fantastic option to avoid plastic bottles! Lush offer an extensive range of vegan bar soaps, as well as a whole host of other vegan hair and body care products.

What’s more, they’ve recently re-introduced their ‘Bring it Back’ scheme, where shoppers can receive 50p off their future purchase, per old black pot they return in-store. Read more here: https://www.lush.com/uk/en/a/bring-it-back-our-new-look-recycling-scheme

And finally last, but by very no means least, we have…

5. Swap plastic bags for a reusable shopping bag

One easy and eco-friendly swap anyone can make this year is to use an eco-friendly shopping bag, such as a string shopping bag or recycled one and avoid single-use plastic ones once and for all!

Let’s keep our oceans clean and free from plastic bags! Neon Sheep, Next & New Look have a whole host of varied canvas bags for you to pick-up on your next trip through the station!

What else can you do this Earth Day?

Earth Day is an event held annually on April 22nd, to raise awareness and support for environmental protection. First held in April 1970, it has grown to include a wide range of events coordinated globally by EarthDay.org, including 1 billion people in over 190 countries! The official theme for 2022 is: Invest in our Planet.

Why not spend part of your commute having a read of the articles on EarthDay.org’s website https://www.earthday.org/earth-day-2022/ and see how you can help ‘Invest in our Planet’.

Because a green future is a prosperous future.

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