Small Changes, Big Impacts
We all want to protect the planet we live on, but sometimes ‘saving the world’ can seem like such a chore. It’s easy to believe one person’s efforts don’t matter, but if we all made some small changes, we could make a huge difference!
We’ve put together a list of small, yet significant changes that YOU can put into practice every day, that will help reduce your environmental impact on the planet…
The first and probably most common port of call when it comes to reducing our environmental impact. Most councils collect recyclable waste alongside household waste, so all you have to do is separate your rubbish. Glass, cans, plastic, fabric, paper, cardboard and so much more can be recycled. Because recycling means you need to use less energy on sourcing and processing new raw materials, it produces lower carbon emissions. It also keeps potentially methane-releasing waste out of landfill sites.
Composting isn’t just for farmers or those who live in the countryside, anyone can do it! Composting means recycling the nutrients from our food waste and putting it back into the ecosystem through enriching the soil, all the while keeping food out of landfills. You can compost fruit and vegetable waste, tea bags, coffee groups, eggshells (and even egg boxes!).
Tapping into your DIY side
Restoring your own furnishings may sound like a big task, but you would be surprised at how easy it can be to repair your own furniture. In turn, it reduces the need to send more items to landfill!
BYOB - Bring Your Own Bag
We all have the collection of bags for life and reusable canvas totes sitting in a cupboard at home - but more often than not they get forgotten on impromptu shopping trips! Keeping one in your bag or in the boot of the car can help ensure you don’t have to buy an unnecessary single use plastic bag from the shops. Plastic bags have three times the greenhouse gas impact of reusable bags!
Investing in sustainable fashion
From major brands to smaller independent stores, it has never been easier to get your hands on sustainable fashion. Apps like Depop, Vinted, and ByRotation have been pivotal to the ongoing switch from fast fashion to circular fashion.
Switching your light bulbs
If every person in the UK replaced just 3 light bulbs for LED bulbs, enough energy would be saved to light the UK’s street lights - imagine that! According to Energy Saving Trust, “Lighting accounts for 18% of a typical household’s electricity bill. You can cut your lighting bill and energy use by changing the bulbs you use and how you use them.”
In England, a whopping 60% of 1-2 mile trips are made by car. Reducing the frequency of using your car reduces your carbon footprint by lowering the emissions released. Instead, opt for walking, cycling or even using public transport where you can!
By opting for a meat and dairy-free alternative, you are already cutting the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions! Going vegan can go a long way, even if it’s just one day a week. There are plenty of vegan recipes out there, as well as some delicious vegan restaurants to visit!
Switching off at night
And no, we’re not talking about self-care (as important as it is!). Turning off your electronics at night instead of leaving them on standby will not only save you energy, it will also save you money.
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