As concerns about climate change continue to grow, we’re facing perhaps the most conscious generation yet.
It couldn’t come at a better time. And as our awareness of environmental issues continues to grow and becomes an increasingly discussed and prioritised topic, brands are following suit to support sustainable causes and implement better practices.
Meanwhile, non-profit organisations everywhere from charities to local councils are encouraging people to recycle more and more.
If you’re one of many looking to cut your carbon footprint, these are just three ways to do it by shopping more ethically, taking advantage of recycling opportunities and changing your lifestyle in simple ways.
Ditch the car
We all know that commuting can cut down your carbon footprint significantly, and in some cases it can even be more cost effective – for those who live in city centres the benefits of a car don’t quite match up as opposed to living in further-out rural areas.
But if you don’t like the idea of relying on bus timetables or squeezing onto a packed train in the morning, there are much more exciting ways to get to work. As e-scooters grow in popularity, the YES Scooter is fast becoming a favourite. With speed, innovation and imagination on its side, it’s a standout choice for those who have a shorter journey to work.
Choosing local businesses over big brands and chain stores can have a surprising impact on reducing your carbon footprint in a number of ways.
Think of it this way – the further something has to be shipped, the greater the emissions required to get it there. That means that ordering online, whilst it may be cost effective, can have an unsuspecting impact on the environment.
But it’s not just ordering online that makes the difference. Shopping from, say, a local grocer or butcher rather than a major supermarket often means your food has made a much shorter journey to get to you. Because of this, it’s likely not only to be fresher and better quality, but also to reduce your carbon footprint.
Switch disposables for sustainable alternatives
We’re all guilty of it – buying a reusable shopping bag and never re-using it. Or alternatively, using it as a bin liner for our rubbish and sending it off to landfill.
Unfortunately, that’s not what these creations are for, and using them as such can cause untold damage. However, by making better use of your re-usable bags you can save yourself money, and switching to sustainable alternatives for disposable products will help to cut your environmental impact.
For savvy recyclers interested in this route, Onya is a fantastic manufacturer to check out, producing re-usable alternatives to single-use kitchenware as well as recyclable and compostable items such as bin liners to make your kitchen as planet-friendly as possible.
If you’re looking for more ways to do your bit for the planet, these three simple tips will help make climate-consciousness a part of your everyday routine.