5 Small Ways To Make A Big Difference
The world is dying and it needs our help.
In recent years we’ve become more aware of the strain that we, as humans are placing on the planet. The consequences of which, we've already begun to observe with an increase in the number of droughts, hurricanes and floods happening all over the world.
It's easy to feel helpless at times, but we don’t have to. Here are 5 small changes you can adopt today that can make a huge difference:
1) Say no to fast fashion
Fashion shopping habits have significantly changed in recent years, not only with the introduction of online shopping, which means that you’re always only a click away from a whole new outfit, but also in what we’re buying. We don’t buy statement pieces that will last a lifetime anymore, instead we shop for the latest trends, many of which are being thrown away after a few uses and joining the 300,000 tonnes of clothes that are sent to landfill each year. So next time you feel the need to refresh your wardrobe:
- check that you actually need it
- pay a visit to your local charity shop and/or
- opt for something of a higher quality that will last longer and spare you another shopping spree in a few weeks.
2) No meat Monday/fishy Friday
Our meat eating habits are damaging the planet as it results in a significant production of greenhouse gases, excessive water use and high levels of water pollution. A recent study suggested that opting for a vegetarian or vegan diet is the single largest thing we as a society can do to decrease our environmental impact. However, this may be a big step for many so if you’re not yet ready to make the switch why not cut out meat from your diet once or twice a week and take it from there?
3) Shorter showers
Whilst UK households have made a significant switch from baths to showers, which is a step in the right direction to try and combat excessive water use, the length of time spent showering is increasing. This defeats the purpose of showers being a more sustainable means of saving water. So, why not go and get a shower timer for your house this Christmas, which will help save you some money and save the planet?
The UK is lagging behind our Nordic neighbours when it comes to how much we recycle but it’s not too late to catch up. Recycling is something that can make a massive difference to the planet as it results in less energy being spent extracting raw materials which in turn results in fewer greenhouse gases being produced and less waste ending up in landfill. No brainer.
5) Ditch the car
Why not hop on the bus or the train for your daily commute? This gives you time to catch up on some reading or pick up your latest Netflix binge. Or, if public transport is not an option for you, why not set up a carpool with coworkers? This saves you money and gives you a break from having to be the one driving every day.