11 Easy Ways To Be More Eco Every Day
Warning: this article may include upsetting advice to cut down on jean-buying.
Reversing climate change and undoing all the damage humans have wreaked on the environment seems like such a MASSIVE project for one person to take on, which is why sometimes people feel their individual actions don’t matter.
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But that's not true! Each person’s everyday decisions contribute to growing a movement that more and more people are joining. The more that join, the more powerful and effective we can be.
What are some of the most effective ways we can contribute each day? Look no further, ‘cos we’ve got some easy tips for you...
1. Don a fabric reusable bag
After using one of these for a week, you’ll never look back. Simply fold it up into its fabric cover, pop it in any other bag you’re using, and feel especially smug every time you need an emergency bag (a surprising amount) knowing that you’re above all of these 5p-paying, unrecyclable-waste-contributing, plastic bag-ers.
2. Reusable mug it
Are you a coffee addict? Well in the hectic world we live in, that’s hardly surprising. What is surprising is that the cardboard-looking coffee cups you’re buying coffees in are almost impossible to actually recycle. Whaaat?
Yep, even though cups may have a recyclable sign on them, the recycling process is so complex that almost all of them just become landfill. In the UK we throw away around 2.5 billion cups each day. Pretty stressful to think about, isn't it?
Invest in a reusable cup to bring with you. If you’re a coffee addict on around three or more a day that will actually make a big difference over time. Plus, some coffee places may offer you some money off!
3. Turn off the taps
You really don’t need to keep that water running while doing your teeth. That’s just excessive.
4. Buy less jeans
Yes, we know that jeans are a pretty much acknowledged as a fashion essential. The sad thing is that the production of jeans is not at all environmentally friendly, and wastes and pollutes a lot of water.
So cut down on buying jeans, especially blue ones because the production process involves even more water for washing, and water-polluting dye. Hey, it’s getting pretty hot anyways. Opt for the cropped trouser.
5. Buy used clothes
Loads of old vintage clothes are amazing, but you’ll also find used clothes for sale online that are practically new - you’ll be amazed at what people will throw away.
Try the app depop for some brilliant buys, AND for selling your own unused clothes.
6. Walk more
Walk whenever you can (or cycle, or run) so that you can cut down on using fuels to get around, and top up on your number of steps per day, obvs.
If the distance is too far, public transport is always better for the environment than going by car.
7. Cut down on meat
You may not be prepared to go full vegan, but cutting down on your meat consumption will contribute to protecting the planet.
Large cattle like cows produce lots of the harmful greenhouse gas methane when breathing and farting (ew). If we stop buying beef, less cows will be bred, and less trees would be cut down to provide places for them all to graze (illegal cattle farming is why so much of the rainforests are being destroyed).
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8. Stop charging your phone overnight
Try to plug your phone in to charge a while before bed or in the morning, or both, so that you don’t waste hours of energy charging it overnight. When you think about how many hours and nights you’ve spent charging your mobile when there's nothing left to charge, it really does mount up.
Handy tip: put it on battery saver mode or turn it off to make it charge faster.
9. Turn things off when you don’t need them
That means checking that there aren’t loads of unnecessarily lights being left on and that you’re switching appliances off at the socket to stop wasting electricity (and money!)
10. If you have periods, use a mooncup
It's a little cup you can use every day of your period for a very long time, which massively cuts down on waste (not to mention costs). You'll almost forget about your endless-tampon-using, waste-creating past life.
11. SPEAK OUT
No matter how much you feel you’re at the mercy of large companies producing stuff that we need every day, they are only as powerful as their consumers… us. That means if we all opt for buying the product not wrapped in plastic, as opposed to the one that is, companies will adjust their production to meet demands. They’ll stop producing those products wrapped in plastic.
It’s up to us to research and opt out of buying products and taking part in processes that aren’t environmentally-friendly, and most importantly, to be loud about it. Challenge the system when you see things that are harmful, and point them out publically on social media to add to the pressure. Whether it's aimed at brands you buy from, systems you come across or at government policies, make sure you demand eco-excellence wherever you go.
To find out your carbon footprint do the WWF quiz here.
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