The amount of waste and pollution has increased once more as the world opened up after the numerous lockdowns imposed by the 2020 pandemic. Climate change is having an increasing impact on the world we live in and it has caused severe changes in the weather, which has had a catastrophic effect on the environment.
However, it is not too late to do something about it. Everyone can play their part in reducing their carbon footprints, and there are many things we do in our daily lives that can easily be altered or discarded.
- Work from home if you can, otherwise walk, bike, or use public transport to get to the workplace.
For those who can, working from home is the most environmentally friendly way to get to work, as naturally there is no commute involved. For those who cannot, walking or biking is a great way to get fit whilst helping the environment, or if it is too far, carpooling or taking public transport is the ideal way to travel.
- Buy produce that can be recycled
Recycling is a common practice in the UK now, with waste disposal having set days to collect recyclables, however, it is not always as efficient as it seems. People can forget to put the recyclables in the correct bin or buy produce that isn’t recyclable at all.
To avoid this, ensure that what you put in the general waste actually belongs in there, and shop mindfully to reduce the chances of the wrapping ending up in a landfill.
- Buy second-hand and avoid fast fashion where possible
We’re all guilty of shopping at fast-fashion outlets to quickly jump on the latest trends. It allows you to follow those trends without making you pay designer prices. But there are ways to help the environment whilst still being able to save.
Many fast-fashion brands ship from warehouses in places such as China, meaning that your item of clothing has traveled thousands of miles just to reach you. Shopping locally reduces the need for long-distance shipping and has the bonus of helping the local economy. Charity shops and second-hand thrift stores often have hidden gems you can pick up at little cost.
If you wish, search on social media or eBay for other second-hand clothing that can be shipped within your local country. This can also extend to furniture, books, or anything long-lasting. After all, buying second-hand or antique means there is no pollution from mass production.
Hopefully, you have found these tips useful and will implement them to reduce your carbon footprint. Let us know in the comments if you already do these things, or if you plan to!
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