Here are the everyday things that YOU can do to help save the environment…
“I always wondered why someone didn’t do something about that. Then I realised I was somebody.”
Stop buying plastic bags.
Did you know that we use 160,000 plastic bags a second!? undoubtedly, this is a crazy statistic. So, what should you do if you want to limit your environmental footprint? Many people I know use plastic bags — whether made of recycled plastic, nylon, or woven polypropylene. Most supermarkets do the ‘bag for life’ scheme, where you can make a one off purchase and get a replacement bag once yours has become damaged through wear and tear. Or, another option is to purchase cotton tote bags. There are some good ones that you can purchase here.
Make sure you don’t forget your bags when you leave the house, too.
When the 5p plastic bag charge in the UK was introduced, only then did I realise how many plastic bags I was getting through. And even when a plastic bag was no longer free, I always forgot to bring a bag with me.
Now, I find it useful to keep my bags in the boot of my car and a couple in my handbag. That way, I always have a bag to hand and never have to buy one.
2. Say no to receipts.
If you purchase something and you know that you won’t need a receipt when you’re purchasing things like groceries or eating out, say no thank you to the receipt.
3. Use Bamboo or Metal Straws.
It makes me super mad when I see people grabbing 2/3 straws from the bar – why would you need that many? Most bars and restaurants now offer paper straws as an alternative to plastic straws – which is good to see. If you like to drink from a straw at home, why not purchase some metal or bamboo straws? They’re reusable and super handy to carry around in your handbag for when you’re drinking out as well.
4. Reduce your meat intake.
This is something that I am proud to say that I am getting better at. I have been brought up on meals that include meat in every meal. But in 2017 when I went to discover the big wide world alone, I realised that I’m not that bothered whether I eat meat or not. I don’t eat nowhere near the amount of meat that I used to. Why not cut your meat down, have meat-free Mondays? If you fancy a challenge – why not try going vegetarian or vegan?
5. Use a reusable coffee mug.
When you pick up your morning coffee, take your favourite travel mug. Most coffee shops offer a discount if you take your own mug too! It’s a win win. This is by far the best travel mug out there! It’s my favourite! Plus its never leaked like most of them do!
6. Stop. Buying. Plastic. Bottles.
Guys, when you think about it – how often do you pick up a plastic water bottle? Out of the 50 billion bottles of water being bought each year, 80% end up in a landfill. Even though loads of recycling programs exist. Buy a reusable one instead. My favourite water bottle is this one.
7. Say goodbye to cling film.
Ah, cling film. I did find you super useful until I realised that despite your ways of keeping things fresh, there are other ways which I can use which don’t require the purchase of you.
When I need to keep something fresh, I pop it in an airtight container. You can buy plastic or glass but I’m too clumsy to own glass ones. Pretty much everywhere sells them- so if you don’t own some already, what are you waiting for?
Reduce, reuse, recycle. This is the way we will lessen our impact on the environment. Thankfully there are incentives to encourage many of us to recycle such as receiving money when we turn in cans, bottles, scrap metal and electronics. However, recycling does more than line our pockets with a bit of extra change. It also allows us to reduce our impact on the environment.
9. Use cloth towels rather than paper ones.
Since moving out from my parents home last year, I haven’t once bought kitchen towels. And you know what? I’ve never even felt the need for them either!
10. Drive less, exercise more.
If you’ve got to go somewhere that’s within walking distance – why not walk? I’ve got to admit since I’ve had a car I don’t walk nowhere near as much as I used to. But think of how much money we could all save if we walked or even cycled more? One thing I do plan on doing soon is cycling to work – not only will I get my daily exercise, I will be saving money too.
Reduce your carbon footprint by one pound for every mile you do not drive.
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What changes have you made recently?
A 23 year old from the Midlands, always looking to escape her hometown for an adventure.