The environment is a hot topic at the moment, and it needs to be! The world we live in is important, and it’s time for us to start acting to make the world a better place not just for now but for future generations too.
Awareness of this is essential and more and more of us are becoming more able to acknowledge our environmental impact. This new awareness is excellent, it means we are ready to make changes, but it can be challenging to know where to start.
Here are some small changes that you can make that all add up to a more environmentally friendly lifestyle.
- Avoid plastic bags. We all know the problem, too many plastic bags, and there is a simple solution, reusable bags instead! Pop some fold-up reusable bags in your handbag and your car, and you will always have a compact bag available when you need it.
- Avoid buying bottled water. Instead of buying bottled water, invest in a good water filter instead — great-tasting water at a fraction of the price.
- Invest in reusable travel cups and water bottles. These are environmentally friendly and much better for your wallet too. Many coffee shops offer a small discount if you bring your own travel cup.
- Change your lightbulbs. LED bulbs are much more environmentally friendly and light up your room better too.
- Get used to leftovers. Leftovers are fantastic, they can be made into some great meals and lead to a lot less food wastage.
- Use your car less. Walk or cycle where you can and if possible use public transport instead of your vehicle.
- Use a carpool for work and social events. If a car is a necessary evil, club together with some friends or colleagues and help make everyone’s journey a little more environmentally friendly.
- See if you can work from home. If your boss allows it, working from home day a week can hugely reduce carbon emissions over the whole year.
- Buy energy rated electrical items. The better the rating, the better it is for the environment
- Use recycled toilet paper. If we all made this one simple switch, it could make a massive difference to our deforestation.
- Find alternatives to cling film or tin foil. Switch to more environmentally friendly silicone wraps that are washable and reusable.
- Avoid paper napkins. Cloth napkins work much better, are reusable, and as a bonus, they look much more sophisticated too!
- Buy local. If you can buy your food locally from places that make or grow the food locally.
- Use charity shops. You can get some great items in a charity shop, and you are not only recycling, but you are helping a worthwhile cause too.
- Turn your lights off when you aren’t using them. An easy habit of getting into that can make a big difference.
- Don’t leave things on standby. Turn your tv and other electricals off when you aren’t using it and avoid leaving them in standby mode.
- Switch to a renewable energy supplier if you can.
- Recycle as much as you can. You local authority should have a recycling policy, and if they don’t recycle everything, then you can usually find a good recycling bank that will.
- Give things you don’t need to charity instead of throwing them away.
- Swap instead of buying. Take a look at online sites such as gumtree or check out your local Facebook groups. There are loads of great items to buy secondhand instead of new.
- Get your groceries delivered. This might not seem like it would make a difference but having one van deliver to multiple homes in a local area is much more efficient and better for the environment than having ten cars travelling to the supermarket and back.
- Switch your cleaning products to eco-friendly versions. Just as good and much better for the environment.
- Grow for the environment. If you have a garden, consider growing a few veggies yourself. Better for you and a great hobby to take up too.
- Choose paperless. Many banks and other companies now have a paperless option so you can avoid using unnecessary paper for bills and statements.
- Don’t use single-use cutlery. Take a set of cutlery from your drawer at home and take them to work, and then you always have a knife and fork to hand that is environmentally friendly.
- Take showers. Showers are quicker, use less water and far less energy than a bath so make the switch and save time, money and the environment today!
- Try vintage fashion. Instead of buying the latest catwalk fashions take a look at charity and secondhand shops for some great classic, vintage buys that will look fab for years.
- Think about your food packaging. When you shop, avoid using plastic bags for fruit and veg and if you can take your own container.
- Pack lightly. When you travel, especially on aeroplanes. Pack fewer items, and you can make a small difference that soon adds up.
- Make the most of local holidays. Flying is awful for the environment so take a look at local holidays instead. There are some great places to get away and relax right here!
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