Today, more than ever, sustainability and the ability to live sustainably is important for the welfare of our environment as much as it is for us and the animals we share the planet with. What can we do to help the environment? There are lots of different things that we could be doing, too many to list here in fact but here are 6 of the best environmental tips to help.
Don’t waste food
In the UK alone, if we were to eliminate food wastage we would help avoid over 18 million tonnes of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere, every single year. How do we reduce food wastage?
- Buy only what you need
- Give excess purchase to food banks / shelters
- Cook only what you will actually eat
- Reducing food waste is easier than you think, let’s start today.
Recycle your waste
Believe it or not, recycling just one tin can saves enough energy to power a television for upto 3 hours. Recycling paper also saves on emissions, as well as landfill space. There are a lot of items that end up in household waste that don’t need to be there. As well as reducing manufacturing emissions, fumes from vehicles are also reduced as fewer rubbish removals are needed.
Reduce your waste
Reducing general waste is great for the environment, local ecology and your pocket. By repairing something, or handing it down, we remove the need to dispose of it via landfill. Before throwing
something out, ask yourself: can I mend this, or pass it on?
Switch off anything you are not using
Switching off appliances that you are not using can help the environment a huge amount. Even something as simple as turning off the light when you leave the room can have a large, cumulative impact. Also, consider switching off instead of using standby and turn off the microwave when not in use – do you really need it to tell the time?
Reduce water consumption
Reducing the amount of water that you consume is surprisingly easy. Taking showers rather than baths, using a weight in a toilet cistern and turning off taps when while brushing teeth all help to reduce water waste. In fact, if the populations of Wales and England remembered to turn off taps while brushing their teeth, around 180 megalitres would be saved every single day – enough water to supply 500,000 homes!
Bike to work
The majority of people in the UK live around half a mile from the national cycle network – make use of it! Cycling is great for your health but it also helps to reduce the amount of vehicles on the road. Instead of getting a cab, or jumping in your own car – get on your bike.
These are just 6 of the top environmental tips that you can put into action right away, but there are many more. From recycling to turning off that light, we can all do something to help.