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22 Apr, 2022

Earth Day 2022: 4 lifestyle choices for a more sustainable life in Kingston

Making sustainable lifestyle choices is easier than you think...read on to see which habits you can adopt to make a difference.

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Every day our planet Earth has to withstand the impact of overpopulation, pollution, burning fossil fuels, and deforestation. It is up to us to change the way we live to save our planet. 

This is why we have Earth Day. Earth Day is an international day to raise awareness of the importance of protecting our planet, such as cleaning up our streets, planting more trees, or making greener commuting choices. 

The origin of Earth Day started back in the 1970s when American Peace activist John McConnell proposed this concept at a conference in San Francisco. It has since gained worldwide attention, resulting in big legislation like the Paris Agreement, a climate change treaty that was signed on this very day by over 120 countries. 

Now that you know that our planet needs help, let's take a look at some easy lifestyle changes you can make and be a part of the climate change movement. 

 

 

GO PLASTIC FREE 

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Fruit and Vegetable market seller at the Ancient Market Place 

Did you know that one tiny plastic bottle will last longer than you, your kids, and your kid's generation - up to 450 years to break down! So before you throw a plastic bag away, think and see if there are ways you can use fewer plastics.

A BIG change you can make to your daily shopping routine is to go plastic-free! Next time you head out for a shop, bring your tote bag with you - it'll save both you and the seller those precious pennies (and of course help the environment). If you want cool and trendy tote bags designed by local artists in Kingston, we recommend getting them from Not My Beautiful House!

CYCLE TO WORK

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A great way to get to and from work is cycling! Cycling comes with a host of benefits to your health, such as improved cardiovascular and improved overall well-being. If you're unsure about which route to take, we recommend Cycling Journey Planner to help plan out the best route for you.  

Head to Sigma Sports for a bike consultation with a specialist, and get the latest athleisure gear and gadgets at Global Sports or Cotsworld Outdoor. 

SECOND-HAND FASHION 

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Pop-up event We.Are. Second life Fashion. 

Buying second-hand not only reduces textile waste, but your money also goes towards helping different humanitarian causes. There are lots of charity shops in Kingston you can visit, such as Princess Alice Hospice, British Heart Foundation, Oxfam, and Cancer Research Uk. Explore other charity shops in our Shop section. 

We also recommend going to We. Are Second Life Fashion pop-ups at the All Saints Church and can PERSONALLY say that it's definitely worth your bucks (We found Calvin Klein mum jeans for under £20!). Dates for the events may vary - check our events page to get the latest updates.

A fan of Sweaty Betty? Sweaty Betty has teamed up with Re Skinned so that you can trade in your pre-loved sweaty betty gym clothes and get up to £40 off something new! Find out how it works on Sweaty Betty's Website. 

TRY BEING A VEGGY

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Thee Olive Tree

We're not saying you have to cut meat out of your diet, but serving meat-free meals can save costs since plant-based proteins are generally less expensive and have more health benefits. Who doesn't love a cheap and nutritious snack hummus on pita bread? 

If we're talking about hummus, it's almost a crime to not give Kingston's beloved Hummus restaurant, The Cheeky Pea, a cheeky shout-out! The Cheeky Pea serves super filling hummus bowls (or Babaganoush), Salad bowls, Wraps, and desserts, as well as a 15% off on #Falafelfriday on any Falafel dish! 

Don't forget to try out vegetarian-friendly Ethiopian food vendor, Fasika, at our Ancient Market Place.