Environmentally Friendly Daily Habits!
It can be hard to keep track of how environmentally friendly you and your family are on a daily basis. The good news is, it’s easy to switch your habits in order to benefit both you and the planet. We have some suggestions as to how you can make adjustments to your daily habits and be more environmentally friendly!
Bag a ‘bag for life!’
Rather than depend on the plastic bags often offered to you at the supermarket, purchase a few bags for life and keep them in your car or handbag. You’re not only saving the environment by cutting down on plastic, but also saves you a few cent at the check out!
If it’s possible, opt to walk to your destination. This is not only great for your health, but helps cut down on emissions from cars etc. If you’re a gym goer, perhaps run to your gym as your warm up rather than driving.
Public transport is your new best friend
Again, this is only relevant to people who live in areas where public transport is available. Where possible, it is recommended you take the bus/train/tram rather than drive an individual car.
Eat less meat
Recent reports have suggested that we need to cut down on our consumption of meat. It can be a daunting concept to some, but reducing your weekly intake of meat is good for your health as well as the planet, win/win! If you’re worried about not convincing everyone in the family to try vegetarian dishes, give some of these recipes a go! Meatless Monday is an international campaign with the aim to get people eating less meat, so why not give that a go?
Composting is a great way to get something out of your natural waste products. Not only that, but you are saving money when it comes to your garden. Why bother heading to the garden centre to purchase expensive compost for your plants when you have a great source in your compost bin?
Reduce your shower time
Taking shorter showers reduces water wastage, as well as being more energy efficient. To help keep track of how much time you’re spending in the shower, set a timer on your phone. It will eventually become habit and you’ll find you won’t even need the timer anymore!
Turn off your taps!
Staying with reducing water waste, when brushing your teeth you can conserve a lot of water by turning the tap off whilst you brush.
When possible, try and keep paper usage to a minimum. Email rather than writing a letter, sign up for paperless billing, ask your work or school if it’s possible to turn in reports or essays by uploading them rather than printing them. If printing is necessary, print double-sided.
Keep it cold
Washing your clothes on a cold water setting is not only better for the fabric, but it also saves a lot of energy!