We all need to do our part in helping reduce all the emissions that are being produced, and by making simple and small changes within your daily life, you can help reduce emissions. With that being said, here are a few ways you can start.
Reduce, reuse and recycle
Recycling reduces the need for processing raw materials, which is what creates substantial air and water pollution. And just like recycling saves energy, it can also reduce the pollution that is being caused by waste.
Avoid single-use plastic
Plastic pollutes our oceans, land, harms our marine life and land animals. It also takes over 450 years to decompose. The less single plastic we utilize, the less demand there will become for it. Try your best to avoid plastic cutlery, cups, bags, etc.
Monitor your fuel usage
Cars create around 38% of total climate change emissions, and they're a huge contribution to global warming. In the UK, the government announced a 2030 petrol & diesel ban which ultimately means that this is the best time to invest in an electric vehicle to help cut down on emissions and use clean fuel to produce fewer emissions.
Utilize energy-efficient appliances
Upgrading to energy-saving technology can be a great way to make sure that your home is energy efficient. Try opting for an energy-saving lightbulb rather than a normal light bulb.
Buy your produce locally and seasonally
Buying locally helps reduce the pollution caused by long-distance transportation of goods. This is also a great way to support your local and small businesses.
Buy from sustainable clothing brands
Fast fashion is deeply impacting our planet. Most clothing companies use polyester in their fabrics which is sold and quickly binned, similarly to single-use plastics. It also takes upwards of 200 years to decompose.
Take this into consideration: There are about 300,000 tonnes of used clothes that are burned or buried in landfills each year, so the next time you go shopping, opt for a more sustainable clothing brand.
Remember, change starts with you.