We can all do more to help the environment, doing small things consistently can make such a difference. So today’s post will give you guys some tips on small changes you can make to help the planet.
- Travel smart
Transport is one of the most polluting sectors in the UK. So if you could cut don how much you use your car then that can make an impact. Walking or cycling could replace shorter journeys where your car isn’t exactly necessary.
When it comes to travelling abroad, one short haul return flight can account for 10% of your yearly carbon emissions, and long-haul flights can completely determine your carbon impact. Using the Eurostar can extremely cut down your carbon footprint.
2. Eat smart
Food production is a major driver of wildlife extinction. What we eat contributes around a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions and is responsible for almost 60% of global biodiversity loss.
Farming animals for meat and dairy requires space and huge inputs of water and feed. Today, one of the biggest causes of forest loss is the expansion of agricultural land for animal feed production. Producing meat creates much more carbon dioxide than vegetables and grains.
Moving away from a meat-dominated diet can lower your impact on the environment. Not only that, but cutting down on meat and dairy products can reduce your weekly food bills. So cutting down on your meat and dairy intake could benefit you financially and benefit the environment.
3. Reduce your waste
Every product we buy has an environmental footprint and could end up in landfill. The impact of plastic pollution on our oceans is becoming increasingly devastating.
Recycling what we can reduces the amount of new materials we are making and upcycling is a creative way to reuse materials while creating something new.
It’s estimated that a third of all food produced in the world is lost or wasted. Do your bit by eating up leftovers and use any ingredients you have spare to make interesting meals. Try to waste as little food as possible, and try to compost the organic waste you can’t eat.
4. Style smart
Although fast fashion is great for finding the latest trend at an affordable price but at what cost? Unfortunately it causes
negative environmental impact, water pollution, the use of toxic chemicals and increasing levels of textile waste.
It takes around 1,800 gallons of water to grow enough cotton to produce just one pair of jeans. For some perspective that’s more water than it takes to make a ton of cement.
What you can do to improve this problem, is to donate your old clothes to charity and make the most of charity shop to buy secondhand items or use sites such as Depop and Ebay to sell and buy secondhand items.
5. Clean up
Make sure you’re not littering and ensure that others around you are not littering either. If it is something you really feel passionate about you could volunteer for something like a beach clean up or just do one off your own back.
Please check out
https://www.wwf.org.uk/thingsyoucando for more information on changes we can make to help the planet