If you are looking for ways to be eco-friendlier, then here are some steps to help you reduce your carbon footprint and help save the planet from pollution and greenhouse gases.
Eat Less Meat
The meat industry produces a massive amount of pollution, which makes up 9% of all man-made cO2 production. This may not seem like a lot but that’s not all, greenhouse gas production is also extremely evident, with 65% of all human-related nitrous oxide. This is alarming as it has 296 times the Global Warming Potential (GWP).
Because we consume so much meat, animals are also suffering as they are bred to be killed and kept in horrible conditions. The less meat we eat, the less these animals will suffer and cutting back meat consumption will also eventually lead to a cut down in meat production, which will help save the planet, as well as the animals.
Depending on where you live, you will likely have options when it comes to recycling. Many councils now offer services for recycling. Depending on your council will also depend on what type of things they have the capacity to recycle. Always keep a lookout for local recycling stations where you live and use them when you can.
Say No to Plastic Bags
We all know by now that in the UK, you need to pay for plastic carrier bags when shopping. Many people still opt to buy them as they have either forgotten their reusable ones or they have the intention of using the plastic one multiple times. Plastic bags are a lot less durable than canvas ones which can last for a lot longer. It may cost a lot more at the time but can end up saving you money, as well as the planet.
Start a Compost Pile
Some councils across the UK will also come and pick up your food waste and recycle it for you. But when you think about all the fossil fuels that bin lorries take up, it almost doesn’t seem worth it. A great alternative to this is to recycle your own food waste in your garden in the form of a compost pile. Not only will this help save the environment but what is left behind once the food has decomposed will be fertile and healthy soil to help your garden look stunning.
Use the Right Lightbulbs
If you’re not using them already, then start making the switch to energy-saving light bulbs. That doesn’t mean that you have to run out and change all your current light bulbs but when your next bulb blows, reach for the energy saving ones rather than the regular ones. They may be more expensive but they last longer and help save the planet.