Sunday, 15 October 2017

9 things you can do to make the world a better place this winter.



With the new year fast approaching (can you believe we are in October already!), people will be thinking what their new years resolution will be, but why wait until January to do something worthwhile. Here are nine things you can do this winter which will make the world just a little bit better.


1. Do a reverse advent calender, any month of the year!



The idea of a reverse advent calender is that once a day for a month you fill a box or bag with one item you have in your household that you have no use for. Be it (in date!) food, used clothing, books, magazines or even homeware goods, pop it in the box and at the end of the month take your stash to different places who could benefit from them. This could be a local hospital, local school, children's home, charity shop... the options are endless).

2. Go to your local beach and collect any litter you can find on the beach and in the water along the shore
If possible, recycle the items you collect. Litter pollution in our seas is a huge problem - there are around 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the seas and oceans (!!!). Even though fall/winter isn't a prime time for people to visit the beaches I guarantee you will still find discarded cigarette butts, plastic wrappers and cans at any beach you visit.
Take an afternoon to your nearest beach and see what you can find and remove from the shores. Although it might not seem like you're doing enough to help on a larger scale, if everyone did this every so often we could prevent the plastic debris building up even more. This reduces injuries and deaths of the wildlife and reduces pollution of our waters. We only have one earth and now is the time to start taking care of it.

3. Invest in a recyclable toothbrush.
Plastic, as I mentioned before, is a huge portion of our waste pollution on earth. In the US, over a billion toothbrushes are discarded and left in landfills every year. Toothbrushes, like all plastic, can't be recycled and end up accounting for 50 million pounds of waste per year in America ALONE.
Luckily, there are many great companies online who make biodegradable toothbrushes which create zero waste and are a perfect alternative to store bought ones!
A few options:
- ZeroWasteClub
- EnvironmentalToothbrush
- GivingBrush

4. Send thank you cards to your local services.
Services are especially busy this year. Take some time to thank them for their work and send them a little thank you card or note so they know that they're appreciated. A quick google search will help you find the addresses of your local hospitals, nursing homes, charities, suicide hotlines, children's homes and any other people you'd like to thank.

5. Purchase a recyclable coffee cup!
Are you someone who visits a coffee store every day and gets a drink in a disposable coffee cup? Minimise your waste and buy a reusable coffee cup or flask to use. Simply take it with you in the mornings and ask them to fill your cup up instead of their disposable ones. Although you may feel silly doing it at first, not only are you reducing the waste you create but you're also saving the coffee shops money. Win-win.

6.  Invest in a cloth bag to take grocery shopping with you.























Most times when you're shopping for groceries whether it be in a supermarket or a market stall, you tend to get given your fruit/veg/other fresh produce in plastic baggies. As we all know by now, plastic = not good, so invest in a cloth bag you can carry in your bag and reuse as many times as you like.
Some options online:
- WildHempBag
- EcoFoodBags
- Adnil Boutique

7. Volunteer
This may seem like a really obvious option, but one that most people forget about. I know a lot of people are strapped for time with juggling work, family and life in general, but if you happen to have any days free its always nice to lend a hand to those who most need it. Perhaps there is a soup kitchen nearby you could spare an hour of your time to help prep or serve food. Maybe there is a non profit art group in town who meet up once a month looking for someone to organise activities or assistance. The opportunities really are endless and varies from town to town. Even sparing an hour of your time once a month can make a huge difference for people who run and use these services.

Do-it.org is a great place to look for volunteer work in your local area if you're based in the UK.


8. Pay for the person behind you in line at a coffee shop. Remember back in 2013 when a stranger decided to pay for the person behind them in line which created a 3 day long pay-it-forward chain? Kindness pays off and a simple act like this is something which could really impact sometimes day and mood. Sure, no ones expecting it to be anything like that incident where over 1000 people ended up joining in. Perhaps it will just extend to you buying the guy behind you a latte, but if you can impact even one persons day then it makes it all worth it.


9. Finally... Be kind to your retail assistants, your servers, your uber driver....EVERYONE!
Remember when your mother used to tell you that manners cost nothing? There have never been truer words. My pet hate is people who are rude to servers at restaurants. Whether they are a mcdonalds employee or hired at a high end bistro, these are people just trying to live their lives and make ends meet and there is no need to be rude.
This extends to everyone you may meet - just smile and be nice. Treat people with dignity and respect. Put love into the world and love will come back to you.

Lottie xx

39 comments:

  1. These are great! I'm so glad there are people who really think about our environment and other people! ♡

    Ellone | Looktheotherway.co | Minimal Lifestyle & Fashion

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  2. This is such a beautiful post. We all definitely can be more kind to each other and make this place better. Thank you for sharing this inspiring post :)
    xx
    https://simpliannie.wordpress.com/

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  3. The last point is my fave....We should be nicer everyday with everyone, especially with people close to us!
    Sophia
    www.sophiasfashiondiary.com

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  4. Lottie, these are really great tips to try to make a world a better place!! :)
    Have a great day!
    kisses
    Agnese & Elisa
    http://desiresinstyle.com/

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  5. Genial el post, me anoto varias cositas.

    Te dejo mi nuevo look de invitada
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  6. Everyone should read this post and pratice a few of these tips! Thank you! xx
    Coco and Jeans by Marisa x My Instagram x My Bloglovin

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    1. They're such simple things too that anyone can do! Thank you for reading Marisa xx

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  7. What great and helpful ideas, thanks so much for them!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

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    1. Thank you as always for reading Rosanna! You too love! xx

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  8. I love this! Easy ways to improve the world!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  9. The last part is the most important thing that we should do everyday! Be kind to everyone.
    Much Love,
    Zarrah | The Bandwagon Chic

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  10. Great post, it is so important that we take note of our effects on the world and try to make them as positive as possible!

    xoxo Falasha
    Bite My Fashion


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  11. I also have these concerns about the environment, if we all do our part the world thanks.~
    xoxo

    marisascloset.blogspot.com

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  12. Great post dear!

    http://iameleine.blogspot.com/

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  13. This is really such a great post. Thanks for sharing, will try doing one here.

    Bernie, xx
    The Style Fanatic

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  14. I adore this post and the idea of the reverse calendar is wonderful! xx

    http://www.thatnewdress.com

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  15. Great Post Darling<3
    We wish you a lovely day.
    xoxo
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  16. What great ideas! I've never heard of a reverse advent calendar, I'll have to try that. I just donated like 10 bags of clothes and there's still more! I always try to pick up trash at the beach and on my walks around my neighborhood - it's pretty sad how many people litter. We all share this world!

    XO, Kate
    www.kategetsdressed.com

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  17. Those illustrations are beautiful! Did you do those? :)

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  18. I love your cute graphics! Oh man, an advent calendar would brighten up my holiday mood! It's always unfortunate to hear about the amount of litter at the beach. People need to learn how to throw away their trash properly! There's nothing wrong with using a recyclable coffee cup. You end up saving money as well! I really need to apply this because I'm guilty of ordering ahead of time @___@.

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  19. Great ideas!
    xx- Nina

    http://www.ninalnguyen.com/2017/10/classic-trench-coat.html

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  20. Such a great post!
    xo, Jane
    http://www.fitfabfunmom.com

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  21. Buen post! Son unos consejos estupendos :)
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  22. I love the first idea of the reverse advent. I might have to plan to do this with my girls this year!

    http://www.mylittlenest.org

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  23. Great and very interesting post!
    Have a nice day, dear!
    www.recklessdiary.ru

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  24. I think starting with the little things can lead to bigger change. Keeping a canvas bag around is a great way to start.

    xx Yasmin
    http://banglesandbungalows.com

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  25. These are such creative ideas! I love the reverse advent. I need to donate more often!

    simplylovebirds.com

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  26. This is such a lovely post! If you can be anything in the world, be kind!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Jaz xoxo
    http://www.thelifeofasocialbutterfly.co.uk

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  27. This is a very helpful article that shows we care about our environment.
    I take note of these.
    Much Love,
    Zarrah | The Bandwagon Chic

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  28. I absolutely love the reverse advent calender idea, only recently I got a new set of sofas and donated my old ones to The British Heart Foundation! I'm so pleased to have done that, and now want to continue giving to good causes!

    Such a lovely blog post!

    Alys / alyageorge.blogspot.co.uk

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  29. Cloth bags are best! ♥
    Specially the ones with fun prints :D

    Claudia, xx
    www.thewhiteprint.blogspot.com

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