Sustainability Swaps: How to Do Your Bit for the Environment

The subject of sustainability can leave a lot of us feeling overwhelmed, but really, it’s harking back to days gone by.

 

We all want to do our best for the world we live in (and the world we’re passing on to the next generation), but what are some of the simplest and most cost-effective swaps you can make for the good of the planet?

The whole subject of sustainability can leave a lot of us feeling overwhelmed, but really, it’s harking back to days gone by. We used to live simpler, thriftier, more sustainable lives as a product of our times. So, use your experience of living in less wasteful times as a superpower for saving the planet, one small act at a time.

 

Climate Change Affects Us All

 

With Earth Day fast approaching (22nd April, in case you want to mark the occasion), it’s a good time to remind ourselves that it’s not down to young people alone to solve the current climate crisis. We all contributed to where we are now, and we all have a part to play in making things better for future generations.

Passionate environmental campaigner, national treasure and speaker-of-sense David Attenborough has recently been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his climate change campaigning at the grand old age of 95 – proving that environmental action isn’t only for the young.

But of course, you knew that already. In fact, a new study in the UK has shown that older people are more likely to believe that being environmentally conscious will make a notable difference:

So, what can you do to make a positive change? Read our 20 top tips to counter climate change. 

 

20 Simple Steps to Counter Climate Change

 

If you’re not sure where to start, why not start with these simple steps:

  1. Replace your regular light bulbs with LEDs as they use 80% less electricity, and even last longer – which is great news for your energy bills, too!
  2. Wherever possible, buy glass products over those made from plastic.
  3. Buy reusable bags to take to the shops, and preferably ones made from already recycled materials.
  4. Start your own compost bin to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; this will also save space in your household bins.
  5. Embrace recycling! This is one of the simplest and most impactful ways to do your bit for the planet – and it doesn’t cost anything!
  6. Install a smart thermostat. This can be controlled from your phone and will even recognise when you’re out to save energy.
  7. You can also save energy by simply draught-proofing your windows and doors.
  8. Swap your usual loo paper for an eco-friendly, 100% recycled toilet roll.
  9. If you’re a keen gardener, get ahead of the curve and go for peat-free compost when planting out (in 2024, there will be a government ban on peat-based compost).
  10. Choose wrapping paper and greetings cards that can be recycled (not all can).
  11. Make your own cleaning cloths from old bath towels, tea towels, and t-shirts.
  12. Instead of buying food and veg wrapped in tonnes of unnecessary plastic, opt for loose.
  13. Switch your TV and other gadgets off at the plug to save on energy – just be sure to leave the fridge/freezer well alone.
  14. Bees are essential for the future of our planet, so next time you’re planting out, introduce some bee-friendly flowers – such as abelia, lavender and honeysuckle.
  15. Book ‘green’ delivery options. When having your shopping delivered, you’ll usually spot a ‘green’ option when there’s already a delivery in your area – making it far better for the environment (and usually, your pocket).
  16. Invest in a reusable water bottle, so you never need to buy expensive bottled water again.
  17. Opt for loose leaf tea. It tastes delightful and keeps landfills clear of all those tea bags.
  18. Shop local to reduce your carbon footprint. This is also a great way to get to know people in your local neighbourhood.
  19. If you need a wardrobe update, head to your local charity shop. Buying second-hand is a sustainable way to shop.
  20. Embrace the e-book revolution. Holding a good book in your hand is a feeling that’s second to none, but if you can’t find books second-hand, e-books are a great environmentally friendly option.

Good luck and enjoy rediscovering a simpler way of life!

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