Making changes to benefit the planet doesn’t have to be difficult, and it doesn’t mean that you’ll have to go without. There are so many ways in which we can change the way we live so that we can be more sustainable. For example, businesses could switch to biodegradable materials like cardboard and paper takeaway mugs, instead of using plastic drink cups, and in our homes, we could make an effort to recycle. It’s never been more important to make a change, read on to find out how.
Changing for the better
The impact that we’re having on the world is becoming more noticeable as the years go on – temperatures and climates change, and if we don’t start making a change for the better, creatures will become extinct and there will be less in the way of resources available to us. We can make a change for the better both at home and in business, by thinking of ways in which we can save water, reduce plastic use and reduce the amount of energy we use. Read on as we take a look at some of the best ways in which you can make a change to help the environment.
Reuse and recycle
This is one of the most important factors that we should think about when trying to help the environment. Materials that we waste end up in landfill sites, which contributes to toxic gases being released into the air and increasing the footprint we have on the planet. Discarded plastic and other materials can also end up in the ocean, leading to further pollution, and putting habitats at risk. But there are ways that we can put a stop to this. Reusing items instead of throwing them away means that we can reduce the amount of waste being discarded into the environment. Get creative and think about making old items, into something new and useful. Instead of buying bottled water, you could choose a reusable bottle to refill – some even come with reusable straws. The market is advancing when it comes to reusable items, so do a bit of research and find ways to improve.
Use environmentally friendly cleaning products
Cleaning your home is non-negotiable, and is essential in workplaces and businesses so that hygiene regulations are met – but did you know the products you use can be dangerous to the environment? Cleaning products are full of chemicals, some of which haven’t been tested as extensively as they should when it comes to safety. Chemicals that are used in cleaning products can have an impact on the environment, as they take a long time to degrade – that’s if they degrade at all! And they can have a detrimental impact on the food chain if they end up in streams and rivers. There are ways that you can prevent this from happening, like swapping to environmentally friendly cleaning products. Brands have developed products that are organic, plastic-free, and natural so that we can reduce the impact they have on the planet, whilst still benefiting from a clean, hygienic space.
The foods you buy in your weekly shop all have an impact on the environment too, and there are a few factors that you’ll have to think about when it comes to eating sustainably. Think about where your food has come from – if you shop locally, you can reduce the amount of fuel needed to get your products onto the market. You should also think about how they’re packaged. Try and choose foods that require less packaging or take your own reusable bag. Making the switch to plant-based foods means you can reduce the energy and water that it takes to produce them.
Cycle or walk
One of the biggest issues for the planet is toxic gases caused by emissions from cars. The more of us that use our cars to get from A to B, the more gas is released into the air which then damages the environment and can even have an impact on our health. The only way to reduce emissions is to not use your car when you can. For example, if you’re travelling a short distance, walk or take your bike. If you’re travelling long distances, try and take a form of public transport, like a bus or train. Choosing to cycle rather than drive means increased health benefits, and allows you to implement exercise into your day more easily.