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6 Sustainable Swaps For Autumn

Hello spiced lattes and all things cosy, it’s nice to see you again.

The leaves are turning orange, there’s a chill in the air, and the evenings are getting shorter. The idea of change is upon us which gives us the perfect excuse to start implementing some new and improved sustainable Autumn swaps.

And as it’s Zero-Waste Week, we’ve decided to put together this list of swaps that you can start implementing into your daily life this Autumn. They’re dead easy too, we promise!

Start consuming consciously: Avoid fast fashion sales

It’s easy to fall into the trap of mid-season sales as endless targeted ads pop up across our social media and our need to consume becomes more intense. However, being mindful goes beyond yoga practices and our nutritional choices because what we buy and why we buy matters.

Some may walk into a store in hope of grabbing a bargain but many will be unaware of the unethical and unsustainable part the brand or store plays in the  fashion industry. In order to combat destructive consumerist practices we must educate and implement simple changes into everyday life.

Want to buy that top on sale? Think about if you’re actually going to get the use out of it? Or are you buying it cause there’s a big red sticker saying “Half-Price”?

Tackling fast-fashion doesn’t just mean searching through second-hand shops (which we love, don’t get us wrong, but they’re just not accessible for everyone.) To tackle fast fashion we need to get our heads around these endless trends that are being fed to us one week, and ditched the next! Buy stuff you really love and will wear again and again!

With that being said, support local and buy second-hand if you can. Everyone loves a new outfit, just make sure your next one isn’t (literally) costing the Earth!

Unplug, Unplug, Unplug- Seriously, just unplug.

Day to day life gets pretty crazy (none more crazier than this year) but the percentage of people who forget to unplug household appliances when they’re not in use is alarmingly high! Statistics have shown that 7 out of 10 or 76% of households leave electrical household items on standby.

Over the last century, the majority of our household electricity is generated from fossil fuels which in turn has had a hugely negative impact on global warming. The need for fossil fuels will continue to rise as the demand for electricity rises, but at the same time drastic changes are needed to reduce our carbon emission in order to combat climate change.

According to uSwitch, 98% of UK households leave the TV on standby for over 11 hours every day, costing £23.8 million annually. Accumulating all UK household appliances left on standby has resulted in £227 million wasted annually. The biggest culprits being TVs, gaming consoles, desktop computers and stereos. Many HD flatscreens are often displayed brighter than required. By simply switching to “standard” mode you reduce the amount of energy required.

Make the small changes that have big impacts and stop those “standby” habits.

Switch off while switching off this Spring and start saving energy and money. Everybody wins.

Leave only footprints- Take Your Rubbish Home With You!
With the world turned upside down, many of us have been exploring more of our island than ever before, and this won’t stop just cause it’s getting a little colder!

When you’re out and about in any of our gorgeous beaches or scenic mountain hikes, make sure you bring your rubbish home with you. Trust us, no one wants to see your half eaten bag of crisps when they’re reaching the summit of the Sugarloaf!

Bring an extra bag with you if you need it for rubbish on the way back, pop it in public bins and if there’s none around, bring it home! Your planet thanks you.

Ditch the Disposables and join in on our National Deposit & Return Scheme
With the weather getting colder, there’s nothing we love more than getting a gorgeous hot chocolate at the end of a long day. If you’re out and about, try to remember to bring your reusable with you! Many coffee shops are still accepting reusables in the midst of all this, so seek them out and support them!

(P.S. We have a handy little list of all our locations here if you need some inspo on where to pop in for your next coffee fix)

If you haven’t heard of 2GoCup then today is your day! Our efforts to reduce single-use disposable cups are the backbone of why we do what we do. It’s because of the national effort and positive uptake of our scheme which has resulted in us saving over 4 million single-use disposable coffee cups from Irish landfill.

We provide every business, big or small with our reusable 2GoCups for only €1. Yup, only €1.

If you want to join in on this national stance then head over to 2GoCup to learn more. While you’re also here you may follow us on Instagram too! We’re a sound bunch!

Reduce your meat consumption by taking part in Meatless Mondays.
Meatless Monday is a global movement with a simple message: one day a week, cut the meat. Start small and use this initiative to explore new recipes that can help make a big difference for your health. There’s some really gorgeous seasonal veg fresh this time of year, give it a try and you could find something new that you really love!

Get on board and enjoy meatless Mondays throughout Autumn. Click here for some plant-based recipe inspiration.

Cut down on your shower time to save a LOT of water.

Most modern showers use between 10 and 12 litres per minute. By reducing your shower time from 10 minutes to 5 minutes you can save up to 45 litres of water.

We know it’s tempting to stay in there forever on a cold morning but  by being more mindful and setting a 5 minute timer, you’ll be doing your bit to be a little more sustainable.