Our top 10 tips to help you be more eco-friendly!
Being eco-friendly is not always about grand gestures. It’s the little things that matter too! So, here are our top ten tips to help you be more eco-friendly…
1.Turn it off
To reduce your carbon footprint, one of the best things you can do is conserve energy. Did you know that small businesses in the UK are wasting around £30.8 million each day by not turning their computers off overnight?
Make sure your co-workers are switching those monitors off before they rush out the building at 5:00PM!
We tend to think that being eco-friendly is all about recycling but there is way more to it than this! If you leave your electricals on standby, you are only going to be using up energy that you don’t need. Simply hitting the off button can make a huge difference. Whether it’s your computer or your PlayStation, always turn it off.
2.Plant some trees & Save The Bees
If we do not have a stable ecosystem, everything will start to fall apart. Trees are like the lungs of the planet; they breathe carbon dioxide in and breathe oxygen out. Planting some trees will ensure we protect the environment while also improving air quality. Plus, it can help wildlife too. For example, planting trees is important for the survival of bees, and without bees, we wouldn’t have some of the delicious plants we eat!
Some people are now even going that extra mile to save the bee’s by purchasing bee bricks. The bee brick is an innovative new product that has been designed to actually give a bee a manmade home! Each bee brick contains cavities for solitary bees to lay their eggs! You can place the brick in a wall or you can even just have it as a freestanding home for the bees in garden!
As you can tell we are actually buzzing about this new innovative idea!
But you do not need a Bee brick to make a difference did you know by simply leaving a tray of sugary water in the garden you can help save bees from heat exhaustion on warm sunny days!
3.Buy local or Reused
From food to clothes, the closer you buy to home, the less carbon required for transport. Plus, you are going to be supporting the local economy too. This has a snowball effect, meaning there will be more items to choose from in the future. Sometimes you can even take a look in the local charity shops and buy old clothes this can cut down on the number of clothes that are made every year which results in less pollution to the environment during the creation of these new garments.
You can even add a bit of colour to the garden and start growing some vegetables! Not only does this save money, but it also helps you reduce your carbon emissions as you would not need to travel by car to the shop to get some fresh vegetables and those vegetables in the shop would not have to travel by plane or road from where they were grown into your tummy!
Step away from that vehicle! If you can walk or take your bike, do it. You may even get a free bike for your efforts if your company is part of the Cycle to Work scheme! If you can’t cycle maybe think about splitting the journey to a train journey, then walking the rest of the distance!
Alternatively be nice to some of your work colleagues and try to set up a car sharing service this can help cut down on the number of dangerous o-zone damaging gases that are released into our atmosphere.
5.Use eco-friendly cleaning products
A lot of cleaning products contain harmful chemicals, which are not eco-friendly to create, and they are difficult to dispose of. Switching to green cleaning products is a must. You can even create your own!
There are now a million and one brands out there who offer not just eco-friendly cleaning products but those that are also totally cruelty free, which means they are no longer even tested on animals.
6.Use LED light bulbs
LED light bulbs are much more efficient, and they last a lot longer than conventional bulbs. They last 25 times longer than incandescent lighting and they use 75 per cent less energy, yet you still get the same amazing brightness.
7.Bye, bye to plastic!
Plastic seems to be found in all aspects of our lives! Look for ways to make simple switches. For example, use paper straws, buy your fruit and vegetables loose, and change to eco-friendly packaging when you go shopping.
Did you know we as a company have decided to try to eliminate plastic from our entire product range by 2020! We aim to do this by offering an Eco-Friendly replacement for every product we discontinue!
8.Don’t waste food
Did you know that 7.3 tons of food is wasted every year in the UK? Not only is this a massive waste of money and food but it adds to the CO2 being created in landfills.
You can save on food waste by freezing left overs or re-using them the next day to create another delicious meal!
Alternatively, you could even donate it to a local charity or homeless shelter if you think you are not going to use it or its going to go waste.
9.Eat less meat & dairy!
Simply cutting two-to-three days of red meat out of your diet can have a big effect on lowering your carbon footprint.
Did you know the average beef-burger can have double the impact on the environment as a meat-free alternative?
With veganism and vegetarianism on the rise across the world it is now easier than ever to reduce the amount meat we are consuming you can start by joining the social media trend that is #meatfreemonday. Many schools now also participate in this so if you feel you can go without meat for that one day why not have some fun and join in.
You could even do some searching on google and find yourself a diet plan that incorporates these meat free days into the plan that way you can even look after your figure while helping the planet!.
Recycle can mean more than just putting your paper and tins in the correct bag for the council to collect. Think of clever ways to reuse things, from upcycling old furniture to reusing the box you had delivered yesterday. We can all play a huge part in reducing what goes to the landfill and make fun and creative things as a result.
After all, who doesn’t love getting covered in paint and looking all arty and creative in front of loved ones?
So, there you have it: ten things you can do to be more eco-friendly. A little bit of effort goes a very long way when it comes to helping our planet. From cutting down on your weekly steak nights to simply changing your packaging choice or a slight change to dietary habits; these changes can all make a big difference.
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