World Environment Day

Happy World Environment Day everyone!

Here are some ways of how we can help protect the environment:

  • Say no to plastic bags – I know most places now charge 5p per plastic bag but that just seem a lot so how often do we just say yes please? You can get some amazing tote bags. Primark has some really fun ones. They fold up really small so you don’t notice them in your handbag. I always have half a dozen in the boot of the car. You can get the bigger plastic reusable ones in the supermarkets. Tesco often do some fun ones with superheroes or cartoon characters on (yes, I needed a Frozen one and my partner wanted the Star Wars ones!).
  • Plant a tree – we all use paper, I try and make notes on the back of old paperwork at work rather than go through new notepads all the time. We are so dependent on trees to supply our paper and furniture, etc. Why not plant a tree, in your garden if it’s big enough? What about a fruit tree so you can enjoy the fruits once it grows?
  • Unplug devices when they aren’t in use – even when the plug is off at the switch, a degree of electricity is still going through. Unplug the item altogether to save electricity. This will save you quite a bit of money in the long run on your electricity bill.
  • Dry on a washing line rather than using a tumble dryer – again, save money on your electricity bill too. Your clothes can dry really quickly on a bright day. Tumble dryers are one of the biggest energy using appliances in the home.
  • Turn off the tap when you are brushing your teeth – saving water protects the environment. It might not seem like a lot but if you think on average we brush our teeth twice a day, every single day. That actually works out to be quite a bit of water in the long run, and if we all do it? That’s a lot of water saved.
  • Switch to energy efficient light bulbs – these use less electricity to bring you light.
  • Opt out of junk mail – why waste paper. Cancel those unwanted free junk mail deliveries. You can often do this online and it takes minutes.
  • Don’t buy what you don’t need – how often do we buy something and we want it, can’t think of a use for it but we save it just in case, or we will come up with a use for it later. And how often do we then get rid of it because we never find that use. Only buy what you actually need and have a plan for.
  • Take the stairs rather than use a lift – you are saving energy but also getting fit. There’s no downside here.
  • Switch off the light – how often have you forgotten to turn a light off in a room, or you leave the kitchen light on in case you go back for a snack later and then don’t go in there for hours. If you aren’t going in or out that evening, why leave the porch light on?
  • Eat less meat and dairy – let’s save our animals. I’m not a vegetarian but a couple of times a week I will ditch the meat and have a vegetable based dish. I’m lactose intolerant so dairy wise I rarely have much, but chocolate is my weakness so I won’t admit to giving dairy up completely!
  • Don’t waste food – and if you do have any leftovers, start a compost heap. This reduces the waste sent to landfill sites.
  • Look after nature as much as you can. Feed the birds, particularly in the winter months
  • Recycle as much as you can – the council provides a recycling service, we should all be using it
  • Grown your own – my partner and I have just started that this year. We have planted tomato and pepper plants. I’d love to see your grown your own projects. This stops energy being used on transport for food delivery. Plus, it’s really good fun!
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