Sustainable Living

5 Ways You Can Help The Environment

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Are you wondering what you can do to increase your environmental efforts? Maybe you work on behalf of a company and have noticed they need to step up in that department, or perhaps you’re just wondering what you can do as an individual to do your bit for the environment. Here are some easy things you can do that are environmentally sustainable…

Separate your cardboard

Dry mixed recycling has been around for ages, but not many people know that when you throw cardboard in with other recyclables the whole batch often ends up contaminated. This means that instead of being fully recycled, cardboard often ends up in incineration or worse – landfill. You can combat this with cardboard only bins that separate out recyclables so that they don’t become contaminated and can still be recycled.

Stop using single use plastic

You’ve probably noticed the amount of restaurants and bars that have stopped using straws. That’s because the single use plastic is awful for the environment because they’re difficult to break down which causes backlog in the sea. This can then be eaten by sea creatures like turtles and dolphins and damage their natural habitats. Instead, opt for a biodegradable or reusable straw which can be broken down or reused.

Use a car pool or public transport

It’s tempting to drive everywhere for ease, but a really easy switch is public transport instead of driving alone. A carpool is also a good idea for journeys that are regular like commuting to work. Most large workplaces will have forums where people can link up and commute together by car if they’re coming from the same place. Look into it in your workplace, or if you work for yourself try to use public transport to reduce your CO2 emissions.

Eat less meat

Shockingly, one third of all greenhouse gasses come from animal agriculture. If you want to make an environmental impact today, you can switch to a vegetarian or vegan diet. If you’re not sure that you can commit to the lifestyle change, even switching to one day a week or swapping to a vegetarian or vegan alternative when you pick your lunch will help. Cutting down meat consumption is a quick way to form an environmentally sustainable habit.

Switch light bulbs

Use energy saving light bulbs if you want to reduce your electricity bill and help to save the planet. Swapping from ordinary light bulbs to compact fluorescent lights or CFLs will help you act in a more environmentally sustainable way. Normal light bulbs last for around five months, whereas an energy saving light bulb will last for around six years. They also generate less heat and are less expensive than an ordinary light bulb. Making the swap can be a quick and easy way to be more environmentally friendly.

Use these tips to help you live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle that doesn’t harm the environment. If you want to learn more about living an environmentally friendly lifestyle then visit our page on sustainable living. You can also share your steps to helping the environment and join in the conversation on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.