Small Eco Changes You Can Make Today Part 1
As awareness of what’s happening to Mother Earth increases, people are showing more willingness to make changes to their lifestyle. The problem is that, all too often, such changes can make being eco-friendlier almost impossible. While large steps such as a hybrid car or a solar home can make a significant difference to the planet, there are more accessible methods of reducing your carbon footprint. Let’s consider some of the simplest ways that can help you can live a greener lifestyle today.
Use eco-friendly tea bags
The UK Tea and Infusions Association assert that teabags make up 96% of the 165 million cups of tea drunk daily in the UK. While many of these are regarded as compostable, the majority are just 70-80% biodegradable due to them containing plastic polypropylene in order to heat-seal them. Fortunately, 100% biodegradable tea bags are far more accessible than you might think. PG Tips and The Co-up make teabags from a plant-based material that is fully biodegradable and that doesn’t contain polypropylene.
Use a things-to-do app
Multi-tasking is a crucial skill that calls for a good memory, along with a seemingly endless number of to-do lists. To avoid drowning yourself in Post-It notes, use your phone instead. There are numerous apps designed to help you stay on track of your tasks, such as Google Keep and Wunderlist. They’re also useful for sharing with partners or housemates so that you don’t double up on groceries etc.
Love your leftovers
Food waste is a major concern. It’s been estimated that in the UK, £13 billion of edible food is thrown away each year from some, according to Wrap, the government’s waste advisory body. You can help by keeping leftovers, such as homemade chutneys and bubble and squeak, to reduce the huge amounts of food waste in your kitchen.
Work from home more
The Live Earth Global Warming Survival Handbook clams that if a million people worked from home just one day per week, it could reduce CO2 by three million tons per year. If this isn’t possible for you, consider arranging a carpool with co-workers or friends, or for an even better option, forget the car and get on your bike.
Drink sustainably and responsibly
By consuming alcohol that has been grown without herbicides or pesticides, you would be helping the environment enormously, and figures have shown that organic wine is being more appreciated among lovers of vino. You’ll see numerous examples or organic ales and wines on the shelves of bottle shops or on the menu of small bars, and, as certain chemicals aren’t contained in the brewing process, it means you could find yourself with less of a hangover the following day.
Do your food shopping online
While this might seem lazy, it’s great for the environment. It doesn’t require a trip in the car and eliminates the carbon emissions that go along with it. Most supermarkets also offer a “no bags” option when ordering in an effort to be eco-friendly.