There has been a lot of discussion recently about climate change and its devastating impacts on our planet. However, despite the calls to action, many people are hesitant because they doubt that they can make a difference – but the truth is, you can! Small changes and adjustments to your lifestyle can make a difference both to your carbon footprint and your wallet.
Tip 1 – Buy recycled or second-hand clothing
Textile production accounts for approximately 1.2 billion tonnes of CO2 emissions – more emissions than international flights and maritime shipping. If we all bought less clothing, we could all play a role in reducing these emissions. However, buying less clothing doesn’t mean being shabbily dressed – a far more ethical alternative is to buy second-hand clothes, from charity shops, local fairs, etc. Second-hand clothes are cheap (providing massive savings), often better quality and come in an array of different colours and sizes – meaning your sense of fashion doesn’t have to suffer!
Tip 2 – Walk more, drive less
Most of us lead busy lives, which has put added emphasis on the importance of being able to get from A to B as quickly as possible. We want to get everywhere, in the shortest amount of time.
One way in which all of us can reduce our carbon footprint is by opting to make our journeys by foot, bicycle or public transport. Even one car-free day a week makes a positive difference – as well as saving money and stress levels on petrol and traffic, you will be benefitting yourself and the environment, resulting in a win-win situation for all.
Tip 3 – Alter your diet
According to a news article from The Independent published in 2018, veganism is being touted as the ‘single biggest way’ to reduce one’s environmental impact on the planet, bigger than cutting down on flights or buying an electric car. Whilst some might balk at the idea of becoming completely vegan, the key is to reduce consumption. For example, instituting a vegan day in the week or only eating vegan lunches has tremendous benefits for the environment.
Additionally, consuming more plant based and less animal products is better for your health (provided that you take steps to make sure that you don’t miss out on any vital nutrients) and reduces the cost of your weekly shop, as good-quality meats and dairy products can often prove to be expensive.