It’s important, now more than ever, to be as sustainable as possible. Here’s my tips on helping the planet.
I’ve been thinking quite recently about the impact that I make on the planet, whether it’s using too much electricity, wasting food, or leaving the tap running whilst I brush my teeth. I’ve decided that in 2018 I’ll be a lot more conscious about the negative contribution I might be making on the planet. Here’s four simple steps we could all change that’ll have a big impact on the world.
Transport accounts for around a quarter of UK greenhouse gas emissions. Not only that but it also has an impact on air quality. Electric mobility can change this. Those still needing a car to get by should consider changing to an electric car. Charge stations, such as NewMotion chargepoint, are situated throughout the country, allowing owners to charge up and save on emissions. It’s estimated that 60 million litres of petrol is saved by driving electric.
If you don’t have a car or want to try and use it less, why not consider getting the bus or train to get by. Public transport stops you from adding emissions of your own, and also serve as the perfect opportunity to catch up on that must-read book or new album.
Use Less Water
It may seem super obvious, but the amount of people I know that keep the tap running whilst brushing their teeth is far higher than you’d expect. Top fact: You will waste about 5 gallons of water a week if you leave the water running while brushing your teeth, according to Glen Canyon Institute.
Just be more conscious of how much water you’re wasting. Don’t leave the shower running whilst you brush your teeth or trim your beard, turn it on when you are ready to jump in. When washing up, fill the sink up with water rather than letting the water run as you make your way through that never-ending pile of plates.
Do you really need to go out and buy more food when you have enough in your fridge to feed a small family? Spoiler alert: The answer is no. I’ve been guilty of throwing away a fair bit of food. Food that would have been more than fine to eat if I had just avoided buying extra.
If you want to treat yourself to something you don’t have in the fridge, make sure the discount aisle is your first port of call. I’ve found some right treasures in the aisle (bread for 1p? Erm YES), and the food is far from being mouldy. It just means that you’re being more resourceful with the food, and avoiding more than necessary being wasted or getting taken to landfill. Plus, it’s cheap.
Also, check out Too Good To Go. The app allows you to buy food from restaurants or bars closing for the day at a discounted rate to avoid it being thrown away.
Lights and Electricity
As I was writing this, I realised I had left the hallway light on (I know, I know!). Seems as I’m not sat in the hallway right now, there’s hardly any point in having the light on. Just turn lights off as you go on, and the same for electronic devices. If you’re not watching TV, don’t leave it turned on. If you’re not on your laptop, unplug the charger, and switch the plug off.
These little changes may seem obvious, but they can be easy to forget if you lead a busy life. It’s about being more aware of your bad habits and trying hard to change them. It’ll eventually become second nature to you, and you’ll be that eco warrior you always wished you were!
Got any tips of your own? Share them in the comments below, I could certainly do with hearing them!