8 simple ways you can reduce your footprint in 2019
The new year is a great time for self reflection. Looking back over the past year, at our bad habits and make promises to change ourselves for the better.
And what a year 2018 has been, if we ever needed evidence that climate change was real I think we found it. We may have enjoyed the heatwave and the warm winter so far but it does leave an ominous feeling of, what’s next.
During the first five months of 2018, almost every continent had experienced record warm temperatures. We’ve witnessed devastating forest fires, deadly storms and the ice melting shows no signs of slowing down.
But let’s not dwell too much on the doom and gloom and instead look at the simple things we can do to make a difference. We’ve outlined a few changes that you can make to help to reduce your footprint in 2019.
1. Switch to a green energy supplier. We now have a few all green energy suppliers in the UK that utilise renewable forms of energy such as wind, solar and biofuels.
2. Reduce the amount of plastic you consume. Say no to the straw! and while you’re at it carry a reusable bottle, produce bags and coffee cup! Single use plastics are taking over our world. Filling our oceans, killing wildlife and turning beautiful landscapes into wastelands.
3. Recycle responsibly. Not everything we assume is recyclable actually is. When items that aren't recyclable get mixed up with our recycling they can contaminate the entire batch and it all ends up going to landfill. It’s also really important to clean any residing food off before recycling. If your local recycling aren't able to offer recycling for a certain item, there are other places that might. Terracycle is a global leader in recycling hard-to-recycle waste. They work alongside brands to offer free postage to recycle their products.
4. Think before you buy. Beware of the impulse buy. It’s easy to do when you’re in a rush and something catches your eye. But it isn’t going to go anywhere. It wont hurt you to double check the brand, what it’s made from and make the decision about wether you need it. Most of the time it's worth investing more on something that will last, supporting independent businesses that have a purpose.
5. Buy second hand If you are looking to buy something in particular, why not check second hand stores and websites before buying it brand new. You’ll save some money too!
6. Plan your meals ahead to reduce food waste. If you plan your meals ahead each week you’ll know exactly how much you will need and when. It makes it easier to make healthier choices as well.
7. Walk more, drive less. A rather obvious one, but sometimes we forget when it’s cold outside! Finding ourselves driving to places when we could easily have gone by foot. Not only will you reduce your footprint but walking is good for the mind as well as the body!
8. The big V word(s) Not always the most popular one to bring up, but the truth of the matter is the meat industry is one of the main causes of deforestation and green house gases. Cutting meat and dairy from your diet will reduce your footprint more than giving up your car. If you're not ready to commit to that, why not save meat for the weekends as a treat. It’s the start of Veganuary so it’s the perfect time to give it ago. We’re going to be sharing some of our favourite vegan recipes over the course of this month to keep you inspired.
We’d love to know what eco changes you’re planning for 2019.
Thanks for reading,
Happy New Year!
the wilderpeople x