Even the keenest recyclers and composters amongst us can sometimes feel like the little changes we make are barely making a dent in global problems such as climate change, ocean pollution and microplastics. But actually, the small positive changes we make can have the biggest impact on our planet. Here are a few ideas that can easily be implemented in your lives to make a big difference: —
Since most of us can’t live without being constantly connected to our phones, tablets and laptops, charge yours the right way with a solar-powered charger. A great example is The Freeloader Supercharger 5W which has a small solar panel. The panel harnesses energy from direct sunlight to provide power for your phone, in fact for or any device that connects with a USB. Other items to consider are energy efficient home appliances and lighting. Choose LED lights that require less energy than old style bulbs and look at the efficiency rating of your fridge and freezer.
The mantra of “make do and mend” really does stand the test of time. Take a look at your wardrobe, for example. Every pair of jeans represent the CO2 equivalent of driving a petrol car for 50 miles. Keep wearing your favourite pair, embrace the fashionably threadbare look, immerse yourself in vintage and charity shops to keep the environmental impact of your wardrobe as low as possible. When buying new, take public transport or walk to the shops and consider ethically sourced items.
3.Think outside the compost box:
Your compost bin is crying out for more! Did you know that you can compost these items:
-burnt out matches
-the dust from behind your fridge / freezer
-used paper towels
-Post-it notes (the glue is non-toxic so it naturally biodegrades
Andy Sibley, Managing Director of Envar, a composting company based in Cambridgeshire, comments: “there are so many ways to reduce our impact on the environment. Making compost from your garden and food waste lowers the amount of waste in landfill and you can use the compost to nourish your garden.”
4.Ditch the wet wipes:
Most brands of wet wipe take over 100 years to biodegrade and yet more than 3bn of them are flushed down the toilet every single year in the UK alone. Many of these make their way to rivers and the sea. Easy eco-friendly alternatives include cotton pads and washable muslins which are great for removing makeup. Swap single use cleaning wipes for cotton cloths – ideally suited for cleaning surfaces, washable and reusable. Sustainable bamboo wipes make a great choice for baby bottoms and are becoming increasingly popular.
You can reduce your carbon footprint just by changing where you shop. Start with buying your meat and vegetables at local farm shops. Rope your friends and family in too; it can be great fun to discover hidden gems together and many farm shops also have a café or activities like fruit picking.
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