On Sunday the 5th of June, the global environment is in focus. The World Environment Day is celebrated yearly to raise awareness for people to take positive environmental actions in order to protect our nature and the planet.
Why should you help the environment?
You may be wondering how you, as one person, can make such a big impact and if you can indeed save the world. Many people think that their efforts are not worth it, and that they can’t make a difference. But think about this. The energy you can save by turning off the lights may seem insignificant when it is just you, but if we all do it, if millions other people do it, it can in fact change the earth.
According to the Recycling Guide, one recycled glass bottle can save enough energy to power a computer for 25 minutes, one recycled tin can save enough energy to power a television for 3 hours and one recycled plastic bottle can save enough energy to power a 60-watt light bulb for 3 hours.
What more can I do?
If you’re ready to make a difference to the environment, here’s eight ways you can help save the planet:
1. Switch off anything that uses electricity when you’re not using it
Do both the environment and you wallet a favour, and turn off any electrical equipment when you are not using it.
2. Air dry your clothes rather than using a tumble dryer
Tumble dryers are extremely energy intensive and there’s a high cost associated with running them. When possible, opt for a clothes line instead. Remember, if you’re drying your clothes indoors, open your windows to let the moisture out.
3. Eat less meat
Did you know meat is one of the biggest climate killers? Beef in particular has a massive impact on the environment. Agriculture is a significant driver of global warming and causes 15% of all emissions, half of which are from livestock. In addition to this, the huge amounts of grain and water needed to raise cattle is a massive concern.
Not ready to give up meat completely? Start with one meatless day a week. By going meatless once a week you’re not only helping reduce the carbon footprint, it is also good for your health!
4. Conserve water
Don’t let water run when you’re not using it, for example while brushing your teeth or when you shampoo your hair. And while we’re on water, drink tap or filtered water instead of buying bottled.
As we mentioned, by recycling glass, metal and plastic you can save a lot of energy!
6. Be a mindful consumer
Buy from companies with eco-friendly policies and choose small businesses over big brands. Also, avoid products with Palm Oil.
Did you know palm oil is one of the world’s leading causes of rainforest destruction? The establishment of giant oil palm plantations has a number of environmental impacts. The two most serious are large-scale forest conversion and loss of critical habitat for endangered species.
This is one of our biggest passions. We love creating our furniture from materials that have had a former life. Not only is this good for the environment, but the results are beautiful and unique.
8. Help keep the earth clean
Don’t litter and reduce your waste so that there is less to return to the landfills and skips. If you have the opportunity, compost your food scraps to return nutrients to the soils.