The climate catastrophe facing our planet is a real and present danger. It is currently estimated that if populations around the world do not change their ways soon, the worst impacts of climate change could be irreversible by as early as 2030.
While governments globally are finally beginning to wake up to the damage we are causing to our planet and taking steps to cut commercial global emissions, it is widely recognised that just acting against companies will not be enough. If we are to stand any chance of slowing or halting the rate of change, we will all have to start making significant lifestyle and consumption changes to cut our own carbon footprint.
If you want to do your bit to help in the battle against climate change, read on for simple ideas and changes you could make that will make a big difference to the environment.
Turn off electrical goods
Leaving electrical goods on standby is not just a drain on energy – it also increases your power bills. Instead of needlessly putting electrical into standby mode, turn them off fully to reduce your carbon footprint and energy consumption.
Invest in eco-friendly tech and household items
If you want to go one step further to reduce your energy bills and consumption, you should think about investing in greener, eco-friendlier tech that are manufactured to be as energy efficient as possible. Everything from toasters to televisions now come in reduced energy use versions that could seriously decrease your power bills and drain on energy resources. Remember too, that the eco-friendly concept does not just apply to electrical items – green manufacturing and recycling is now commonplace in a huge range of other household items. For example, you could even go green with the fencing around your home by purchasing environmentally-friendly fences like those featured on the eComposite Products website.
Recycling is one of the easiest and simplest ways to reduce your overall consumption rates and give a little back to the environment. Rather than simply throwing away goods, think about their potential to be recycled and either sort them into separate bins or think of ways you could reuse them.
Reduce your use of plastic and plastic-based goods
Plastics and plastic-based products cause untold damage to the environment and in particular the oceans around our planet. To reduce your use of plastic, think about cutting down on products like bottled water or plastic-packaged items and take a canvas bag with you when you go shopping. Remember too that plastic now features in clothing so pay particular attention to labels, especially when purchasing tight-fitting or stretchy clothing. Fabrics to look out for include polyester, nylon, polyamide and acrylic.
Composting is a cost-effective, simple way to make a huge difference to the amount of waste your family produces. Instead of throwing out foods that have gone past their best, try composting them instead. Not only will you reduce waste, you will also produce a natural fertiliser that will work wonders around your garden. It is worth noting too that composting also helps reduce methane gas build-up in landfill since these products do not break down anaerobically.