Do you want to have a more positive impact on the environment? The choices we make every day can go a long way in making a difference to the world we live in. You will feel more positive about your contribution to slowing the rate of climate change and may even encourage others to change their habits. We all know the benefits of using keep cups and bringing reusable bags shopping, but there are other simple ways you can reduce your environmental footprint.
Here are our top tips to becoming more eco-friendly:
- Buy items with less packaging
Did you know landfills are composed of 35% packaging materials? In our day to day lives it can be easy to choose items that are wrapped in excessive packaging and to forget the environmental impact this has. Shopping direct from farmers markets or buying second hand goods can be a great way to avoid the unnecessary packaging that big chains wrap their items in.
- Store food properly
Food wastage is a major problem that can have a negative contribution to the environment. Avoid throwing away food by storing food properly, freezing food when nearing its expiry date and checking your fridge regularly to see what needs to be consumed first.
- Use the 30-minute rule
Implementing the 30-minute rule into your life can have a great benefit to the environment and yourself. The rule is, if it’s an under 30-minute walk then opt to walk or ride a bike, instead of taking a car. Not only will you feel great about reducing your environmental impact, you will also benefit from the fresh air.
- Make simple swaps in the bathroom
There are many changes you can make in the bathroom that have a positive impact on the environment. Firstly, opting for a safety razor or electric razor instead of a disposable plastic razor. The same can also be done for plastic toothbrushes which can take over 500 years to decompose, there are now options like bamboo toothbrushes on the market. You can also switch to products that come in a bar form rather than in plastic containers.