It’s no secret that we need to be more environmentally friendly. While the current pandemic has overtaken the environment in the world’s most discussed topical issues, we still need to ensure that we’re doing our part to reduce global warming.
We can’t all be Greta Thunberg, but there are a few simple things that every household can do to make the world a better place. Here are 5 easy ways to help the environment.
Use eco friendly energy
Some methods of energy generation produce huge amounts of fossil fuels, which are damaging to the planet. So, do your part to use less electricity – or use it better. Try replacing your normal bulbs with energy saving LED bulbs, for example, or you could even consider getting some solar panels. If you make these small changes, you can use the same amount of electricity at home without damaging the environment.
We are all guilty of driving more than we should. While driving can’t always be avoided (and ensure you’re always driving safely), we should try to cut down on the amount of time we spend in the car. Vehicles emit carbon monoxide and other toxic fumes which cause global warming. Cars are damaging to the environment when in production, too. So, do your part and try to drive less. Walking to work or taking public transport will help massively – and you’ll save a few extra pennies, too.
These days, recycling is straightforward, so there’s no excuse not to do it. Different areas vary in how recycling works, so check your local council for information. A lot of areas use orange bags or blue bins, which you simply leave out on bin night. Wash anything that needs to be recycled and put it in the correct bin. It’s an easy way to play your part.
Say no to single use plastic
Single use plastic has become the devil over the past few years, and rightly so. A plastic bottle that you use once and then discard stays in landfill for 450 years! Saying no to single use plastic isn’t difficult. Invest in a water bottle with a cute pattern and re-use that instead of binning the plastic. And, when you get a takeaway, keep the containers to use for storing food in the fridge or taking lunch to work. Once you get into the habit, you’ll realise how damaging single use plastic can be.
Eat less meat
The environmental impact of the meat industry is huge. It contributes to land and water degradation, acid rain and deforestation. So, what can you do? Some people feel so passionately about environmental issues that they go vegan. And that’s great – but it doesn’t work for everybody. Simply cutting down on the amount of meat you eat will make a difference. The industry is consumer lead, so if there’s less demand then changes will be made. Additionally, when you do eat meat, try to ensure that it’s locally sourced and organic.
A bonus way to be more environmentally friendly at home is to use eco-friendly products like natural dishwasher detergent.