The UK produces over 30.5 million tonnes of waste each year which terrifyingly ends up on landfill, and it’s become obvious that something needs to be done If you’re keen on doing your bit for the environment, you may be eager to know how you can ‘go green’ and what this idea will entail.
The good news is that sustainable living doesn’t have to be a huge life adjustment – a few small changes could make all the difference in improving the world we live in.
So, what can you do to lead a more sustainable lifestyle and reduce your carbon footprint? Check out these 5 tips below to get you started:
1. Shop for clothes responsibly
Many of us end up purchasing for too much clothing than we actually need; resulting in throwing out bin bags full of items we no longer need without thinking of the implications on the environment. When you have a wardrobe clear-out, donate your clothing to a charity shop instead.
The trend in vintage clothing has also significantly reduced the amount of clothing ending up on landfill, as people are becoming more aware of how fast fashion is causing a damaging impact on the environment. So why not browse your local vintage stores and see what treasures you can find, rather than buying from new?
If second-hand clothing just isn’t your thing, then you can still buy new from sustainable sources, but it may just take time to do the extra research to find companies that are environmentally-friendly. Statecashmere.com, for example, is an ethical brand that supports green-friendly practices with the intention of preventing damage to the environment.
2. Reduce food waste
In the UK alone, over 7 million tonnes of food is thrown away each year – most of which isn’t even past its sell-by date. This shocking figure is mostly down to the fact that we end up ‘panic shopping’ and stack groceries in the trolley ‘just-in-case,’ rather than thinking about what is actually needed. An effective way to tackle this problem would be to plan meals by the day and take the list out shopping with you, so you don’t fall into the trap of impulse buying.
3. Alternative transport
Over 20% of emissions in the UK are caused by transport, so if you’re looking to live more sustainably, you may wish to think of other alternatives getting around. Try and use your car as irregularly as possible and instead, plan your routes by public transport. Even better – aim to find any opportunity to walk and cycle to wherever you’re going.
4. Save energy
Most of us are guilty of wasting energy; not because we’re careless, but because it can be quite time-consuming to think of all the ways to become more energy efficient. Some of the simplest tips to reduce your carbon footprint include using as much natural light as possible before turning on lamps, making sure that electrical items are switched off by the mains socket when they aren’t being used and only turning the heating on whenever it’s essential.
Around 40% of the products we use are wrapped in recyclable packaging, so it’s important to keep a close check of what can be recycled before dumping items in the general waste bin. You can find out more about the benefits of recycling here.
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