Nine easy ways to live more sustainably on World Environment Day 2019 5 months ago

Nine easy ways to live more sustainably on World Environment Day 2019

Brought to you by Deep RiverRock

We're "recycling" our logo just for today, so here are some ways you can play your part as well.

As anyone who has watched Our Planet will tell you, sustainable living is more important than ever. That said there are plenty of ways we can do our bit without having to make drastic changes to our lives.

Thankfully, the times are changing. Seeing as it's World Environment Day today (Wednesday, 5 June), Deep RiverRock became the first major water brand distributing across the island of Ireland to produce a 100% recycled bottle.

Just for today, we're "recycling" our logo to promote this positive news. If you want to find out how you can make a difference too, here are a few easy ways that you can and live more sustainably.

1. Read the label

When you're buying a bottle of water, check to see if it's recyclable, or mentions anything about it being made from recycled materials. Deep RiverRock recently became the first major water brand in Ireland to produce a 100% recycled bottle. What makes this news even better is the fact that PET plastic is one of the lowest carbon-dense packaging types in the beverages sector, and can be recycled many more times!

2. Loosen up

Happy days if your favourite tea brand is already using non-plastic teabags (it'll usually say on the box). Otherwise, we recommend opting for loose tea leaves and a strainer as a way to cut down waste.

3. Mints over gum

As hard as this may be to believe, many types of chewing gum are made from plastic, which can often take around 50 years to decompose. Opting for a packet of mints every now and then is one way to help cut down without sacrificing your minty cravings.

4. Use a reusable plastic bag

It may seem like an obvious suggestion, but plastic bags are one of the worst offenders when it comes to plastic use, as they can take up to 1,000 to degrade. Figures from National Geographic showed that our European neighbours in Denmark are leading the way by using an average four plastic bags a year, compared to 365 in the US!

5. Suck it up

Yes, paper straws offer a solution to the very real issue of plastic straws. That being said, they don't hold up very well after a while. Opting for a reusable metal straw is the way forward.

6. Clean up your act

Here we have something that can save you money as well as help the environment. Making your own cleaning spray of one parts vinegar to three parts water (maybe with a bit of lemon) can save you having to buy a new spray bottle every time.

7. 99 problems, but plastic ain't one

Seeing as summer is finally upon us, opting for an ice cream cone rather than a packaged ice pop can make a difference. There's a lot lest waste, and who doesn't love a good 99?

8. Ditch the bag

Many us keep a small bin in our kitchen that is purely for small bits of food waste. This shouldn't really need a plastic bag, and putting it straight from the container to the compost bin means that all you have to do afterwards is give it a quick clean ahead of its next use (with your homemade spray, of course).

9. Check yourself

Simply looking back at the contents of your bin can make a huge difference. While you probably didn't think much about the plastic wrappings around your food when you were hungry and focused on nothing else, it's always a good idea to see if there could be a way you could have cut some of it out or recycled more.

Every bottle within the Deep RiverRock PET portfolio will be made from 100% recycled PET plastic from June 2019.  Follow Deep RiverRock on Facebook and Twitter and join the conversation using the hashtag #ThirstForBetter.

Brought to you by Deep RiverRock