Climate change is one of the biggest issues right now.
And while there are many factors contributing, we can all play our part – small changes can make a big difference!
We all know about good practices such as recycling or reducing our energy usage. Some of the suggestions on our list offer a new take on the familiar and think outside of the box when it comes to leading an environmentally friendly life.
With that in mind, these are just five creative ways you can help the environment.
1. Check what you can recycle
Everyone knows it’s important to reduce, reuse and recycle.
And there are plenty of things you can do to help the cause, not just with small everyday items, but larger ones too. For instance, local councils will recycle mattresses, whilst many organisations exist which help find new homes for items such as clothing and even eyewear, which serve the dual purpose of helping the environment, and those in need.
You’d be surprised by the unexpected items which can be recycled. But finding new homes for stairlifts is the mission of We Buy Any Stairlift, who work across the UK to recycle used stairlifts and give them a new lease of life.
The lesson? Always find out if there’s a better way of disposing of things before sending them to the tip – you never know what you may find!
2. Swap out your disposables for reusable alternatives
Disposable items are a major source of waste and countless brands are dedicated to finding alternatives.
And you’d be surprised at the types of products you can find. Whilst swapping out tinfoil or plastic food containers for Tupperware seems like an obvious switch, you can also dispense with plastic wrapping thanks to reusable produce bags and food wraps from brands like Onya, who stock a range of sustainable kitchenware, drinkware and even bin liners.
Replacing disposables with reusables where possible can also save you money in the long run, as well as reducing your kitchen’s plastic usage.
3. Buy used
Everyone loves a second-hand bargain. The rise in popularity of vintage shops is proof that there’s a demand for pre-loved items, and from clothing to furniture and more, buying used can actually help the environment.
For instance, book subscription service Hand Me Down warns that buying books second hand can actually result in less than one fifth of the carbon emissions. Meanwhile up to 85% of consumer textiles end up unrecycled and in landfill, making it a major waste contributor.
Buying second hand can not only save you money, it can also help reduce your carbon footprint, making it a great option for those who want to do their bit to help out
We hope these creative suggestions give you some inspiration in your own personal mission to help the environment.
Got any tips for fellow friends of the environment? Share your wisdom with us in the comments below.
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