Simple Steps to Living Greener
It can be difficult at times to know how we can help and what we can do to get involved with this important cause. If you’re looking for where to start, try these simple steps you can implement today.
Increasing efficiency and recycling is a great ethos to adopt if you’re looking to live greener. This can be approached in many ways and there are plenty of things you can do right now in order to help the environment. Making conscious choices when shopping to favor environmentally ethical and recyclable products is a great option.
Not only does this result in reducing the amount of waste going to landfill but by using brands committed to green values, such as Ecover’s range of cleaning products, you can rest assured that the chemicals you’re bringing into your home are not going to be harmful to your local ecosystem and water table.
Switching from traditional energy providers that derive the majority of their power from fossil fuels to green energy providers that run entirely off sustainable means such as wind or solar power, is another effective and deceptively simple way to help the planet.
On the topic of energy, looking at how you can increase the overall efficiency of your household is not only beneficial to your carbon footprint but your wallet. Switching off lights and electrical devices when they’re not in use, putting electrical and heating systems on timers, and swapping out inefficient technology and lightbulbs for greener choices all contribute to a positive net impact.
Transportation is a crucial area where we can make significant changes with relative ease. There are 1.2 billion registered vehicles in the world currently on the roads and these account for a large part of our global carbon emissions. Not only does an excess of vehicles impact the ozone layer but it creates air pollution in built-up environments that is harmful to humans and other life.
It is estimated that 8% of those vehicles are using hybrid or fully electric engines and while this number is set to rise, especially with many car manufacturers and governments seeking to phase out internal combustion engines in the next decade or so, there are practical steps we can take today to decrease some of this pollution.
Bringing greater consciousness to your journeys by planning routes for maximum efficiency and only undertaking journeys by car that cannot be realistically achieved using public transport or zero emissions vehicles like pedal bicycles is a great step in the right direction.
Nowadays Earth Day is considered the largest secular holiday in the world, recognised in 192 countries. Every year its organisers platform a different ecological concern from reforestation to reducing plastic pollution and they have the support of different organizations around the world, from leading poker platforms to big retail companies. It’s never been easier to get involved and participate in local community fund-raising to bring awareness to these issues and how they impact our daily lives. Connect over social media to find events near you each year in April.
If you take regular journeys, such as commuting daily for work or school, organising car pooling with others is a very efficient and cost-effective way to reduce the number of vehicles on the road. Even better than carpooling is not needing to travel at all to work. Finding ways to work from home where possible is a great option to combat waste and with the increasingly online and remote nature of office works it’s never been a more viable option for the average person. Not only does this benefit the environment by way of decreased emissions, but it means less energy is used in heating and lighting office spaces.
No Fly Zone
While driving is a significant contributor to emissions, flying is in a different league. A single flight from London to New York city generates nearly 1000kg of carbon dioxide per passenger. To put this in context, this is more than residents of 56 different countries produce on average over the course of an entire year.
While flying is sometimes unavoidable, changing your lifestyle and holiday plans in such a way as to decrease the amount or distance, you fly every year is arguably the biggest single thing you can do to improve your carbon footprint.