Let’s face it – whether we like it or not, it’s difficult to deny that climate change is actually happening. Sea levels are on the rise, there are water shortages across the globe, and ice caps are melting at an unprecedented rate. Something simply needs to be done – and soon.
One of the most effective ways of combating the effects of climate change comes through changing attitudes; we all need to realize climate change is in full swing and strive to do something about it.
This is where you come in.
While you may already be doing a number of things to improve your carbon footprint, each of us can do so much more to become more sustainable. From remembering to bring reusable bags to the supermarket to reducing the time you spend in the shower, even the smallest of changes can make the biggest impact.
But we’re not here to talk about the generic changes you can make – we’re here to discuss some of the more weird and wonderful ways you can become eco-friendlier. Here are five to get you started:
- Flush-Saving Devices
Water wastage is a huge problem globally, so doing all you can to limit the amount of water you use can help make a big impact. The toilet, in particular, uses a substantial amount of water each time it’s flushed and, in fact, some of the older models even use more than seven gallons of water each flush.
So, what can do to limit this? Fortunately, flush-saving devices like this one from Hippo, or even DIY low-flow devices, can help massively cut down on water use, ensuring you do your bit for the planet each time you need a number one or number two.
- Eco-Friendly Clothes
Rather than buying brand new clothes all the time, why not head down to the charity shop and pick up some preloved alternatives? Not only will you save yourself a ton of money, you’ll also be doing your bit to help the planet, since they’ll be less demand for new clothes to be produced.
Taking this one step further, think about buying clothes that are 100% recycled. Many fashion brands already use environmentally-friendly materials and dyes in their garments, but upcycled, recycled and even vegan-friendly clothes are now available too.
We’re not saying you have to change your entire wardrobe either – by simply shifting your focus towards more sustainably-produced clothes, you will be doing your bit to help.
- Cardboard Coffins
OK, so this one is slightly darker than the other recommendations, but it’s still a fantastic idea. When a loved one dies, rather than burying them in an expensive-to-produce coffin, certain companies now make it possible to bury them in something a whole lot eco-friendlier.
Guernsey-based Creative Coffins, for example, provide specially-created cardboard coffins designed to suit the specific interests of the deceased friend or family member. These eco-friendly coffins are made using recycled carboard and paper, and only use corn starch glue and environmentally friendly ink when printing the variety of designs on offer.
- Water Wastage Shower Curtain
We can all appreciate how difficult it is to leave the comfort of a nice warm shower, but limiting your water usage can make a big difference to your overall sustainability. By simply cutting down on the amount of time you spend in the shower, limiting yourself to ideally no longer than four minutes per wash, you will be helping the planet out in a big way.
One idea to help you keep on top of this comes through a shower-friendly timer, which will alert you should you go over the four-minute time limit. Alternatively, for a really unique way of keeping on top of your water usage, you could (literally!) keep an eye out for a water wastage shower curtain; an eco shower curtain specifically designed to activate a wall of “spikes” once you’ve spent too long showering.
- Avoid Meat
Statistics show each person in the UK throws away more than seven tonnes of food each year on average, representing both a huge waste of money and a major contributing factor to the overwhelming amount of carbon dioxide found in landfills.
Therefore, doing as much as you can to limit this amount of food waste is imperative to reducing your overall carbon footprint. One particular area to focus on is your intake of meat and especially red meats like beef or pork. This is because red meat production typically requires 28 times more land and 11 times more water than other types of meat, meaning its environmental impact is fairly draining on our planet’s already-dwindling resources.
While these are not all the actions you can take, we hope these unique ways to combat climate change will help get you started.