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Ways to be more sustainable at home

Small steps you can take to be more sustainable at home
Jessica Richards

We’ve spoken about how we are being more sustainable as a company, but how can you make small changes yourself at home? 

Making the decision to live a more sustainable lifestyle can be daunting, and sometimes you won’t even know the best place to start. So we’ve put together a list of small changes that you can start with now to get you on the road to living a more environmentally friendly life: 

Reduce single-use plastics 

Reduce your single-use items where possible, this could mean using reusable shopping bags, food containers, razors and coffee cups, etc. 

This could potentially save around 5 grams of plastic per week for each person in your household! 

 

Buy food locally 

Try changing up your weekly food shop and buy some of your items locally where you can. This could be meat from butchers, fish from the fishmongers, and even bulk food shops for other household items.  

Buying locally has a significant impact on the environment, most food brought at supermarkets can travel around 1500 miles before it reaches your plate. 

Eat less meat 

Livestock farming takes up 20% to 50% of man-made greenhouse gas emissions.  By someone going meat-free for at least one day out of the week you could have a significant impact. 

Did you know that the amount of water used in producing one 150g beef burger is enough to fill roughly 30 bathtubs! 

Recycling 

Don’t throw away recyclable items! Recycling helps save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. If you are unsure what can be recycled there are lots of resources online, and drop off places are available for things such as batteries, mobile phones, and electronic waste, etc 

Also, remember to check that items are clean before putting them in the recycling bin as it can contaminate other items. 

 

Buying things second hand 

Instead of buying things brand new, try looking for items second hand and give them a new lease of life. This helps reduce waste massively! 

 Did you know that 300,000 tonnes of clothing get sent to landfill each year in the uk

Reducing your household energy 

Switch out lightbulbs for energy-efficient ones. LED lightbulbs use 95% of its energy to convert into light and only 5% wasted as heat. Compared to fluorescent lights which convert 95% of its energy into heat and only use 5% for light! 

Also remember to turn off all electrical devices when you are not using them!

Use public transport 

Transport accounts for 29% of the greenhouse gas emissions in the US alone, by everyone using fewer vehicles we can reduce congestion on the roads and lower that percentage.

The world isn’t going to change in a day, but by everyone making small changes where they can we can have a positive effect on the environment and the world we live in. 

Let us know if you try any of these, and what changes you’re making in your home.