As populations rise and there is an ever-increasing demand for the planet's finite resources, we place a huge strain on Mother Nature. As humans, I believe we have a moral responsibility to leave the world in a better place than we found it.
You don't have to do anything groundbreaking to make a practical and positive difference. Indeed, if we all made small contributions, this could make quite a difference to the world we live in today. By employing just a few of these easy eco-friendly swaps, you too can help create a better environment for our children and grandchildren to live in.
Since the introduction of the 5p charge on plastic bags, we've become increasingly aware of the perils of plastic bags. I'm sure you're used to bringing your own bags to the supermarket by now.
But, what about all that extra plastic packaging that you often find wrapped around potatoes, carrots and onions? Do you really need them? The answer is probably no. Buying loose vegetables or any food items for that matter is an easy eco-friendly swap that you can implement starting today.
A freshly-brewed cup of coffee made with fresh coffee beans is a much better alternative to the aluminium and plastic capsules that have become a trendy option in the last few years.
In fact, Jan Dube, a spokesman of the Hamburg Department of the Environment and Energy has stated, "the capsules can't be recycled easily because they are often made of a mixture of plastic and aluminium."
I'm sure we're all guilty of picking up a Starbucks too many, but do you know the impact of takeaway cups on the environment?
If you've so happened to have wandered into your local coffee shop you may have noticed a recent campaign to encourage you to purchase a reusable cup instead of getting a disposable one. It's a great idea and one that we'd encourage you to try. Some actually offer a small discount on your choice of drink if you do take them up on your offer plus many of the reusable cups available to buy are pretty on trend too!
Now you're helping to save the environment and look the part as well!
If you happen to live in a major urban area, or even in the picturesque British countryside there's no excuse not to walk more than you usually do. Ditching the car is the easiest way to reduce your carbon footprint whilst at the same time making the most out of the beautiful British weather (British joke).
But, seriously walking to the shops or from one meeting to another (if its close by) can make a real positive environmental difference and it's easy to do. You might even shed a couple of pounds too. With summer around the corner, there's even more reason to get out!
Reducing the amount of water you use can save you an awful lot of money each month and reduce energy consumption that is required to clean and purify water. Simple swaps such as turning the taps off whilst you are brushing your teeth or going for a shower instead of a bath or using an eco-friendly option on your dishwasher and washing machine are simple yet effective ways.
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