Organisations you should know about

With the state of the planet declining thank goodness there are organisations, big and small, doing their part to help our environment.

Green Alliance

Green Alliance is a charity and independent think tank focused on achieving ambitious leadership for the environment. Their projects involve in depth research and advocacy by our experts, often in partnership with other organisations and interests. 
They host Inside Track as a home for debate on UK environmental policy and politics. As well as offering their own views, this is a popular platform for perspectives from other leading commentators.

Their three core aims are:

  • to make the environment a central political issue;
  • to integrate the environment into public policy and decision making;
  • to stimulate new thinking and advance the environmental agenda into new areas.

Energy Saving Trust

Energy Saving Trust are a leading and trusted organisation helping people save energy every day. Their experts speak with millions of householders every year, deliver first class programmes for governments and provide consultancy to UK businesses and international companies.

Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Earth stands with anyone who cares about the world we live in. They work with local groups, experts, business leaders and politicians and push for change on causes that matter to you:

  • Protecting your home and local environment.
  • Promoting safe and healthy food and water everywhere.
  • Supporting alternative energy solutions that can change the world for the better for everyone.

Keep Britain tidy

Littering on our streets is another contributor to the damage being done to our environment. Keep Britain Tidy works to reduce it. Through education and campaigning, they continuously spread the word that littering and waste is something that needs to be handled more efficiently and therefore reduce the risks on the environment.

Please check out any of the organisation for more information and if you’d like to get involved with any campaigns they are doing.

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Everyday changes we can make

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.

  1. 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

Pass on the plastic

Are you sick of slurping through paper straws that go to mush if you leave them in your drink for more than 5 minutes? Well my answer to that problem is suck it up or don’t use one. Because despite it being a little inconvenient it is a small step to cutting down on plastic. Before you continue with this post please watch this video.

This post will give you 5 simple swaps you could make:

1. Bamboo toothbrush

2. Metal reusable water bottle

3. Metal reusable straws

4. Reusable shopping bags

5. Shampoo and conditioner bars

Even if you just swap one or two things you are playing your part in improving the world around us.