A Guide to Sustainable Living

We’re always trying to improve what we do at SoleCup to create a better environment for generations to come. One major part of improving the environment we live in is sustainability. We’ve written a guide to sustainability, from what it is, to how being more sustainable in 2020 can benefit you! So take a read, and give us your feedback. We love hearing how our customers are implementing sustainability goals!

What is sustainability?

There are three factors that compose sustainability; economic development, environmental conservation, and social responsibility. Sustainability is about using these three factors to meet the current needs of society without compromising future requirements. It’s all about using resources while maintaining an ecological balance, meaning those resources will be there for the generations to come!

Why is there an increase in the need for sustainable living?

As the global population increases, we have seen a global demand for more of everything, this affects every sector. We require more resources for things such as energy, water, and space! Unfortunately, as the demand increases, so does the amount of waste created. If we continue to deplete our natural resources at increasing rates, we risk damaging the surrounding environment to a point of no return and worse still we risk leaving nothing for future generations. By living sustainably, we maintain the resources we have while reducing the amount of waste produced.

Businesses and sustainability

It’s been reported that businesses, in particular, are becoming more sustainably focused to meet the demands of consumers and changing regulations.  The UK has set in place a target to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050! So how do you become more sustainable as a business? Businesses are looking at the products they sell, how they deliver these to customers and how their businesses can be run more efficiently to reduce the need for more resources. If businesses move to take on a more sustainable approach it will be easier for consumers to purchase sustainably also!

Is living sustainably more expensive?

People find it more difficult to move towards more sustainable living at home because of the perception it is more costly. Indeed, your initial outgoings for items may be more costly, however, you will soon find that living more simply and reusing your items can have financial benefits also!  Take a reusable coffee cup or travel mug like a SoleCup for example, while your first cup may cost more than your everyday costa coffee, you can actually receive a discount by using them in coffee shops! So you’ll be saving money on your daily coffee purchase for years to come, and you’ll be saving hundreds, more likely thousands of cups from entering the waste system. Take a look at our coffee shops discounts blog to see how quickly you’ll start saving!

How can you live more sustainably?

There are some simple ways we can all move towards a more sustainable lifestyle. Such as, opting for long-life items, as opposed to single-use items that end up in the waste system.

SoleCups mission is to reduce the amount of single-use plastic that ends up in landfill by offering more sustainable alternatives. If you reduce the amount that you buy, by purchasing items that will fit their intended purpose you are actively helping the sustainable mission!

We like to follow the six R’s, they help us to live more sustainably on a daily basis, if you can implement these you’ll be well on your way to those sustainable goals! Check them out below.

The 6 R’s to sustainability:
  1. Reduce
  2. Reuse
  3. Repair
  4. Repurpose
  5. Recycle
  6. Rot

Let’s take a quick look at each one and what it means.

Reduce – Can you reduce the amount of single-use items you purchase by opting for a long life product?

Reuse – Can you reuse items instead of buying more?

Repair – Can you repair that broken item before purchasing a brand new one?

Repurpose – Can I use this for something else? (we have some cool ideas for repurposing your solecup)

Recycle – Can these items be recycled? Or can I pass them on to someone who would use them instead?

Rot – Can I add these to an outdoor compost heap? If the answers no to all of the above, its time for the waste bin!

So there you have the 6 R’s, I bet you’ve already got some ideas on how you can start implementing these into your day to day living! Our life hacks to reduce single-use plastic waste will give you some direction on the type of items you can switch to in order to reduce your plastic consumption and waste. It can be difficult to switch from your normal routine to a new one, and you can’t do it all at once but that’s okay. Ultimately, every little bit helps, and if you can take the step toward being consciously more sustainable that’s great!

If you’re stuck for ideas or simply need a bit of encouragement and reminders you can find hundreds of sustainable and zero waste influencers who are actively encouraging a more sustainable lifestyle.

We’ve put together a list of social influencers that can help you see day to day sustainable living!

  1. Besmac – Sustainable Fashion and Lifestyle Blogger
  2. Sustainably_Vegan – Sustainable Living and Climate Activist
  3. Ethicalunicorn – Sustainable Living and Social Justice
  4. Madeleineolivia – Minimalism and Sustainable Living
  5. N4mummy – Sustainable Style
  6. Blueollis – Sustainability activist and Intentional Living
  7. Thewoodlandwife – Thoughtful and Sustainable Living
  8. Mamalinauk – Sustainable Parenting
  9. Savingthegrace- Conscious living for water healing
  10. Storiesbehindthings – Storytelling platform for celebrating sustainable and mindful consumption

We hope we’ve helped you on your journey to sustainability and conscious living! What are your sustainable development goals? If you’ve got any personal tips you use, get in touch, we’d love to hear from you and about your journey to living more with less.

Changing your lifestyle isn’t easy, and it can be difficult to switch the items we love and know to ones that we don’t.. so stay positive and know that each time you choose sustainable over single-use is a step in the right direction.

Keep going, you can do this!


Courtney · April 10, 2020 at 3:06 pm

This is a very informative post! I really hope we can increase sustainability so we can make sure we live in a much better world! SoleCups sounds like an awesome organisation, thank you for dedicating your time to saving the planet!

Alison Kelly · April 10, 2020 at 3:11 pm

So many great ideas to live a more eco friendly lifestyle. You are right about the long term vs up front cost of eco items, they do cost less over time. Thanks for the post!

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