THIS IS HOW YOU CAN HELP.
As the effects of climate change become more apparent, we as a society need to be more aware of our contribution to the problem. Almost half of all carbon emissions are caused by people and their daily habits.
Here is a list of all the things you can do to improve your carbon footprint and have a positive impact on the environment.
We know there is a lot, but that is the point, there is so much you can do to make a difference.
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Signing a petition lets your government, corporations and politicians know what issues need to be addressed and you can set the agenda for them to work to.
A well-informed electorate can drive the conversation in the right direction, cutting
through the nonsense and ensuring a serious response to climate change.
Sometimes the best way to help is by enabling someone else to do good work. Giving a small amount every month can help environmental organisations fight for our world.
Be part of the consumer-led revolution and help fund charities and environmental companies as they create a new sustainable economy.
Changing to a green energy provider could reduce your carbon footprint by up to 20%. Use a comparison website like Big Clean Switch to find out the best options for you.
20% of total global carbon emissions are linked to food and agriculture. It’s time to change how you eat. You can save the world by eating less meat and more vegetables.
It takes a lot of milk to make a little bit of cheese, and that milk has a huge environmental impact. This is in the top 5 most important things you can do.
On average, you will repeatedly cook the same 3-9 meals. Introducing variety into your diet will taste better, it will also help regenerate our soil and ecosystem.
Cycling is carbon neutral. It is also a great way to exercise and will save you a lot of money, with some companies offering grants and incentives to cyclists.
Using public transport is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. It means less cars on the road, less fuel being burned, and less CO2 being produced.
If the food system accounts for 33% of global carbon emissions. And 30% of food produced is wasted. How much good could you do simply by reducing food waste?
Palm Oil is not a bad product, it is just vegetable oil. We need to ensure it is farmed sustainably. You can do this by buying products with the RSPO certification.
A garden with native flora can improve the health and well-being of the environment and the people and animals who live within it.
If you come across some patches of unused land on your travels, why not drop some seed bombs and rejuvenate the native grass and flower species in your area.
All your online data requires computers to regularly process information and drain energy. By deleting data you don’t need, you remove the energy needed to store it.
10% of electricity consumed in homes is from appliances in standby mode. Imagine the impact that would have on the environment if those homes turned off idle appliances.
Showering is quicker, cleaner and best of all – it is more environmentally friendly.
Five minutes in the shower can use one third the water that a bath does.
Using a low-flow shower head is a great way to reduce your impact. A normal shower head uses 18 litres per minute, while a low flow unit only uses 9 litres per minute.
If the people of the UK only boiled the water they needed, each year there would be enough energy left over to power all streets lights in the UK for seven months.
Toilet cisterns use more water than is needed. Getting a water saving device and putting it in your toilet can help you reduce the amount of water wasted in each flush.
Some brands offer make-up refills at discounted rates. Others allow you to return empty containers where they can be recycled correctly. Looking good never felt so good.
Instead of throwing out containers, clean them out and reuse them. We do this all the time with setting mists/sprays, liquids & powders. Just make sure to label them.
Try using make-up brands that make cosmetics using all-natural ingredients, these green beauty brands will also most likely be plastic-free.
Biodegradable face wipes can remove your make up and keep your skin clean, all while being a more eco-friendly product.
These small plastic particles don’t biodegrade and are damaging to marine life. They also damage your skin and cause blocked pores.
Vegan mascaras are made from natural clays and floral waxes and are cruelty-free. Use them to extend your lashes and help keep our seas free of pollution.
It is single-use plastic that has no real benefit and loses its novelty after a few minutes.
Sustainable materials are equally as available as single-use plastic ones. Why not try using wooden cutlery, paper cotton buds, bamboo straws and toothbrushes?
16 billion disposable cups are used every year. Help reduce this by bringing a reusable cup with you to the coffee shop. Most coffee shops offer reductions if you do.
The Fairtrade standard provides improvements on the production cycle of your favourite drinks and ensures they are farmed in the most environmentally friendly way.
15 seconds in an elevator equals the amount of energy used for a light-bulb to run for a whole hour. Taking the stairs will save energy and burn some calories.
By slowing your travel speed by 10km/h, you could improve your car’s fuel consumption by 25% and reduce the amounts of CO2 being produced.
Having the correct air pressure results in better petrol mileage, better handling of the car, cheaper maintenance costs and a smaller environmental impact.
Stop buying unhealthy food that comes wrapped in plastic. Instead opt for a healthy home-made meal and bring it with you in a lunch box. It is the cheaper option too.
Bottled water is a bad habit with a massive environmental impact. The solution is simple, get a reusable bottle and stop wasting resources.
It is easy to use modern technology to limit your need for paper. Use your laptop for writing, switch to electronic bank statements, and read online newspapers.
Why destroy unnecessary trees and create such vast amounts of carbon waste when you can just reach for the cloth tea-towel on the counter instead?
Constant farming of the same crop types will drain nutrients from the soil. Introducing more variety on your plate, and sustainable sourced food is good for the soil.
Bulk buying means the there is less packaging needed. This limits waste, saves money and ensures a constant supply of food. It also means fewer trips to the shop.
Half of the plastic we use every day is thrown away within 20 minutes of use. Buy a reusable razor or metal straw and fight the culture of excess waste.
The components in your phone and laptop are made of valuable materials that are not biodegradable. Trade them or sell them so the parts can be upcycled or recycled.
Ecosia is a web search engine that uses the revenue generated from your search habits to plant trees. You can help create forests as an indirect result of your search habits.
If you can’t trade them in, give them to your local council so they can be disposed of properly. These zones are usually found in the car parks of large supermarkets.
Scientists are predicting that by 2050 there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish. Do not use single-use plastic, instead try using reusable bottles and containers.
Chewing gum is flavoured plastic.
A microwave requires half the amount of energy that a gas oven would need for the same task and five times less than an electric oven.
Washers and dryers consume a lot of power, we need to reduce where we can by filling the washing machine, washing at lower temperatures and drying our clothes naturally.
Your clothes shed microfibers and micro plastics with every wash. Using a specific clothes net designed to capture these fibres can remove 99% of the offending materials.
Smart tech is a great way to improve and optimise your house’s energy needs. These systems can all be easily controlled from your laptop or smartphone.
Bring your old batteries to the proper recycling facilities to dispose of them correctly. These can be found in any local shopping centre or public recycling centre.
Glass is one of the best products in terms of recyclability, with a 90% material recovery rate. Recycle the glass you already have and reduce your carbon footprint.
Purchasing something second hand removes the need to create a new one. It cuts down on manufacturing demands and lowers the amount of waste that ends up in landfill.
Eco-friendly cleaning supplies are equally as effective as the alternative and are better in terms of environmental pollution.
Table top appliances like fans and heaters are inefficient. They use extremely large amounts of power for a small amount of relief.
Phone and laptop chargers draw power even when not connected to anything. Why waste energy when the solution is so easy - Unplug that charger!
Energy efficient bulbs can last up to 25 times longer than traditional bulbs, they also use 80% less power to provide the same light. Making this switch really is a bright idea.