5 everyday changes you can make to help the environment
Whether you believe in climate change or not, you have to agree that helping to protect the environment is a good thing. From reducing the amount of waste we produce to minimising our consumption of natural resources, any changes that we can make to benefit the environment, no matter how small, can make a real difference.
1. Buy a refillable glass bottle
Did you know that 60 million plastic bottles end up in landfills and incinerators EVERY DAY. That’s a whopping 22 billion bottles a year, with many more clogging up our rivers, roadsides and oceans.
To help reduce the amount of plastic that’s discarded every day, replace your water bottle with a glass version that you can use again and again. Readily available on the high street and from the web, glass bottles are an easy and effective way to reduce your waste.
2. Look after your mobile phone
Your mobile phone contains lots of precious and rare materials. In many cases, these materials are mined from the ground or are created using chemicals in laboratories. Whenever you buy a new phone, more minerals need to be mined and more chemical produced.
If you look after your phone by investing in a protective case
, you’ll be able to minimise the number of times you need a replacement. This will help to reduce the amount of waste you produce and protect the world’s precious natural resources.
3. Start cycling
Cars cause a huge amount of pollution. In fact they’re one of the worst culprits when it comes to the emission of CO2 and other harmful gasses.
If you can, ditch your car and take up cycling. Healthier and cheaper, cycling is a fantastic way to get fit, save money and save the planet.
4. Use up your leftovers
Food waste is a real issue in the West with seven million tonnes of food and drink thrown out in the UK alone every year.
Making sure you eat up your leftovers and throw away as little as possible will help to reduce your impact on the environment and prevent unnecessary waste ending up in landfills.
5. Eat less meat
Mass meat production causes a lot of pollution with a range of gasses and other harmful products released into the atmosphere.
Eating less meat, and choosing organic and local suppliers when you do indulge in a steak, burger or sausage, will help to reduce the demand for mass production and help the environment.
If everyone does a little bit to help the environment every day, the effect on the natural world will be significant. Helping to slow global warming and lower pollution levels, a little environmental awareness can really do wonders.