The environmental upside of living local

If, like us, you’re keen to reduce your environmental impact, living local could just hold the answer. Our New Year’s resolution is to lessen the amount of waste we produce and shopping local is a great way to start.

Just one-third of plastic is recyclable, the world now has islands of floating plastic the size of countries and aquatic wildlife is under threat.

But there is hope – it’s not that long since the world took action on CFCs – now there are signs that the hole in the ozone layer is closing. So tackling food packaging ought to be a doddle.

Here’s 10 small steps to both reduce your environmental impact and benefit local businesses:

Shop at your local greengrocers or order an online veg box.  Supermarket vegetables are unnecessarily covered in plastic and most ends up in landfill.

Ditch the straw (it takes up to 200 years for a plastic straw to decompose)

Stop buying plastic cutlery, cups and plates

Grow your own herbs and vegetables.

Visit your local butcher or fishmonger – there’s far less packaging than you’d find in the supermarket and Stoke Newington has some brilliant traders to choose from.

Invest in a reusable coffee cup (they sell them at the East London Design Store).  Disposable coffee cups aren’t recyclable yet 2.5bn end up in UK rubbish bins each year. Most local coffee shops will be happy to fill up your reusable cup.

Buy dry goods such as rice and pasta in bulk.

Carry a reusable water bottle. You’ll save a fortune and throwaway less plastic.

Bring your own shopping bag. The 5p bag levy has drastically cut plastic bag waste – plastic bag use is down 85% since its introduction.

Pass on your unwanted items via local Buy Sell and Swap Facebook pages or pop along to a Give and Take Day (the next one is on February 25th from 2pm till 5pm at Whiston and Goldsmith Hall, E2 8QY). It’s a good chance to de-clutter and there are usually some brilliant finds.

Rachelle Strauss of the UK’s ZeroWasteWeek says, we never actually throw anything “away” – it’s really just put somewhere else. It can take 450 years for some type of plastic to break down and some don’t biodegrade at all.

    we never actually throw anything “away” – it’s really just put somewhere else.

    Posted 10th January 2018

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    Vicky BibirisManaging Director

    Vicky started with Location Location as a junior negotiator in 2006 and within a short period of time became the top performing sales consultant in the company taking on the role of Branch Manager in 2009. Vicky's exceptional ability is backed up by her infectious enthusiasm for people and property, this led to her becoming Sales Director and equity partner in 2012. Vicky has been an integral part in establishing Location Location's reputation as one of North London's leading estate agents.