It's a new year! Which often means new mindsets and new goals to set for the months ahead and in many cases, people often opt for doing something good - whether that be good for your health, good for the environment or little changes that might be good for your family.
We've put together a collection of tips to help if you want to make some positive changes to your lifestyle this year that will help reduce your carbon footprint and contribute to saving the planet.
Reduce Your Use of Single-Use Plastic
Opting for a reusable shopping bag when out doing your weekly grocery shop can reduce the need for single use plastic bags which can take from 15 to 1,000 years to break down. Check out our reusable tote bag here - which is not only super handy, but also created using 80% recycled cotton and 20% recycled polyester!
Use Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products
A lot of cleaning products include a high number of chemicals that aren't environmentally friendly to create or dispose of. Repeated exposure to some of these chemicals can also have an impact on your health so opting for 'green' cleaning products that use more natural and organic methods of cleaning which are far less harmful will benefit not only you, but the environment. Google search alternatives to some of your everyday cleaners and you may be surprised at some old school methods that use natural materials that your Gran might have opted for back in the day!
Turn It Off
Conserving energy is probably one of the most basic of tasks that we are all a little bit guilty of not doing from time to time. Whether it's leaving the laptop in stand-by mode or leaving the lamp on all night, turning electricals off will reduce your carbon footprint with minimal effort (and also your electric bills!).
Eat Less Meat
Without going preachy on you about veganism (which is a big part of our brands ethical values), cutting down on the amount of meat you eat can have a huge environmental impact. Not having red meat - even if it’s just for two or three days a week - can have quite a significant impact on reducing your carbon footprint. Some of the environmental effects that have been associated with meat production are pollution through fossil fuel usage, animal methane, effluent waste, and water and land consumption.
Don't Waste Food!
Did you know that 7.3 million tonnes of food is wasted in the UK every year? This isn’t just a huge waste of food and money, it adds to the amount of CO2 being created in landfills.
Where possible, swap the driving shoes for trainers and hit the pavement. Walking or cycling will massively reduce your carbon footprint as driving has a huge impact on the environment. If you can, walking or cycling to work can help raise your fitness levels too - win, win!
Where walking or cycling is not an option however, you can reduce your carbon emissions by ensuring that you drive at slower speeds, keep your tyres properly inflated and keep your engine running smoothly.
Check your journey's impact on the planet here.
Grow Your Own
Save money whilst also saving the planet and grow your own fruit and vegetables! Test out that green thumb and give it a try.
Choose Animal & Eco-Friendly Personal Care Options
Unfortunately, there is a lot to consider when choosing your personal care items if you truly want to live an eco-friendly lifestyle as lots of the products on the shelves today can contain unwanted chemicals, microbeads (which are small bits of solid plastic which aren’t biodegradable and make their way into watercourses and ultimately end up damaging the environment by entering the food chain) and/or derive from China, a country which by law must test their cosmetic products on animals before being sold to the general public. Therefore, any cosmetic brands that have products shipped over from China will have been tested on animals prior to your sale. To be safe, always look for vegan certified accreditation.
It must be mentioned that work by PETA have resulted in the Chinese government considering changing this regulation. Read the article here.
Not sure where to look? We highly recommend our partner brands on CARMA for assured vegan friendly personal care options so go have a look! (You can find us in the fashion section - wink, wink, nudge nudge).
Acknowledge some of the everyday things you do that might have an impact on the environment and do your research. Google can be your best friend at times like these and will hopefully inspire you to be more aware of things that you might not initially realise are contributing to harming the environment. You can check your carbon footprint using the calculator here.