REPOST 6/6/18 – With ammendments
What if I told you that you could donate to charity every-time you online shop and it would cost you ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. Yes, you heard me, nothing at all.
How often have you thought about a problem, or seen/heard about someone needing help and thought ‘I wish there was a simple way to help’? Well, look no further because this little list has some suggestions for you!
This post is all about small changes you can make that only take a few minutes to set up but could help in those baby steps to make our world a better place. A few suggestions are completely free and one is at very low cost (its worth it I promise).
I know so many of you will read this article and think ‘oh that doesn’t sound too bad’ and never do any of this. But if everyone just takes on 1 small change and passes on this list, you never know it might help make one much bigger change. Anyway, enough of my rambling, here’s my 6 suggestions!
- Change your internet browser from Google (or whatever you use) to Ecosia.
FREE – time taken: 2 mins
Ecosia plants trees every time you search and you can install in really easily on your computers. Over 84 million (16 million when this blog was first written in 2018) have been planted so far helping to reforest areas all over the world. Just think, every time you want to ask a question to the wonderful world of the internet, you might just be able to plant a tree, its that easy!!
- Installing Give as you Live plug in.
FREE – install time: 3 mins (providing you have an idea on what charity area you want to support)
Give as you live is a company that gives small donations to a charity of your choice every time you shop online at no extra cost to you. Just go onto their website, choose your charity, and follow the instructions. Every time you shop online with a company that has give as you live enabled it will ask you if you want to give and the rest is sorted for you at the check out! They are linked through so many brands such as ebay, asos, amazon, tesco and so many more. 3 mins of your time and the easiest way to donate!
TOP TIP: add donation reminder tab and you don’t have to remember to start shopping on the give as you live website!
- Stop buying fast fashion.
In fact, stop shopping for new clothes all together! My new years resolution of 2019 was to buy no clothes, inspired by the outrageous impact the fast fashion industry is having on our world. This impact can be seen in sustainability and pollution levels – ‘85% of the plastic pollution in the ocean is due to micro-fibers from synthetic clothing’ Dr Mark Browne, 2011 – as well as considering the unfair treatment of global workers making the clothes who are often not paid fairly and working in unacceptable conditions. All of us should be considering this when looking for our next purchase.
Now, I stand here with no halo, I used to be a huge consumer of fast fashion with weekly orders coming through the door. But what I did realise last year, is how many things we have tucked away in the corners of our wardrobe. Things that have come back into fashion, or would suit you more if with a few adaptations (see below’s image – same dress, different year). Equally clothes swaps, charity shops, websites like depop and hiring clothes on sites such as Hurr and Hirestreet are great sources of second hand/sustainable bargins. Your bank account will be grateful for this change too!
If I still haven’t convinced you, I urge you to watch the ted talk of a friend from Nepal – Nasreen Sheikh. She is one of the undocumented workers who used to make our clothes and her story will show you some first hand harsh realities behind the garments we wear.
- Be My Eyes
This is an app that you can download to help blind people with every day tasks. They simply send a video request when assistance is needed epoch sends you a notification, and if you can help them you answer the call and help them out! Easy peasy and just giving someone an extra helping hand.
- Indigo volunteers
Indigo is an organisation passionate about providing free volunteering in projects across the globe. It is with indigo that I found the opportunity to volunteer with CESRT and the refugees and their team are fantastic at pairing you to a project where your skillset can really make a difference. Voluntourism is a hot topic regarding its ethics, impact and cost – indigo are combating this and I would really recommend them as a first point of call if you are interested in getting stuck into a impactful project abroad.
- Kiva Loans
This ones a little different and does involve a little money – but hear me out. Kiva loans is a micro loan company for people around the world, you can pay $25 ( about £19) and browse through all the different projects you could possibly choose who you want to help with it. There are thousands of different projects ranging from womens empowerment to just helping a man buy a couple more pigs to help his farm – whatever you connect with most. The person of your choice will pay you back in small amounts at a time and you get email updated throughout. once you have been credited back, you can choose the next person you want to help.
If any of these inspired you, try and find 10 mins and input just one or maybe two. I’m a huge advocate for the butterfly effect and as the Tanzanian proverb says – Little by little, a little becomes a lot.