Tips to reduce your own carbon footprint.

Some simple ways we can all make a difference. You can even save the money as well as the planet!

Travel 

  • Walk or cycle for shorter journeys when you can. Not only is this good for the environment but its also good for your health and wellbeing
  • Use public transport or, if you need to take the car, try carpooling!

Reduce, reuse, repair, recycle

  • Only buy what you need - think twice about a new purchase
  • Repair your clothes/items rather than buying new
  • Buy second hand or 'pre-loved'
  • Give up-cycling a try before you buy new

Food 

  • Use your food waste caddy or compost
  • Buying local, seasonal food can lower your food miles and feed into the local economy
  • Have a go at growing your own vegetables, fruit and herbs and bring your food miles down to zero
  • Try 'Meat Free Mondays' - to lessen your meat consumption

Single-use plastics

Save unnecessary plastic ending up in landfill:

  • Use plastic free alternatives and reusables. Remember your bag for life when you go shopping and take your water bottle to work. Some coffee shops offer a small discount on using your own cup
  • Use eco-alternatives such as bamboo toothbrush and natural washing brushes
  • Use bars of soap and shampoo bars rather than buying them in plastic bottles - they last longer too!
  • Try to opt for the products with less plastic packaging

Become more energy efficient 

Not only are these measures less wasteful, but they could also save you money on your energy bills.

You can try small things, like:

  • Switching to LED light bulbs and always remember to turn the lights off when you're not using them
  • Not leaving your electronics/appliances on standby
  • Wash your laundry at 30oC
  • Save water by only using what you need and turning off the tap when you're not using it

You can invest in your greener future and make savings by:

  • Switching to a smart meter and/or a green tariff
  • Ensuring your house is properly insulated
  • Double glazing your windows
  • Getting solar PV panels

Measure your own carbon footprint 

Measure your own carbon footprint using the WWF carbon footprint calculator to see your impact on the environment. 


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