Helping create a sustainable earth is important for every person on this planet. Truth be told, many individuals do not care about the environment or how we shape the future of the earth. Whether they decide to admit it or not, it is important that we create a sustainable future. Going green can have some positive outcomes for personal finance, and to help stop the effects of global warming.
There are many reasons why individuals are going green, while nature conservation is one, ensuring the economic and social wellbeing for humans is another incentive. Nevertheless, there are a number of initiatives that we are able to implement to save the planet and our children’s futures. Some of these include:
- Ditching plastic
- Reusing plastic bags
- Switching off electrical equipment when not in use
- Washing on a low setting
- Switching to more renewable energy
- Going vegetarian
Here are some top tips for going green & saving cash:
Ditch plastic bottle and bags
Plastic bottles are said to contribute to the heating up of the planet. For instance, chlorinated plastic is able to release harmful chemicals into the surrounding soil. This can then seep into groundwater or other water sources. Resulting in harm for species that drink the water. Plastic bottles can hang around as junk for up to a 1,000 year. You might want to start using reusable bottles instead of the plastic ones that you purchase.
Another means of cutting down plastic, is by reusing plastic bags. Plastic bags can never break down completely, and can result in clogging drains and harming the ocean. The UK government recently introduced a charge for purchasing plastic bags, however this isn’t enough to stop the threats. I’d suggest bringing a backpack when you go shopping so you don’t have to fork out 5 pence for a bag, and you will be saving the environment.
Switching electrical equipment off when not in use
A lot of people think that turning off an electrical appliance will stop electricity from being used. Most electrical devices in your home will use electricity when on standby mode. Although it is hard to measure how much energy leaving things on standby uses, some studies have proven that up to £80 a year is wasted on homes due to appliances being left on standby.
Did you know that 76% of households leave electrical items on standby, with televisions and mobile phone chargers being the worst culprits? Be sure to turn off at the mains to avoid incurring bills.
Change to cloth napkins and tea towels
Napkins can have a significant environmental impact. Imagine the impact of the millions of napkins being used each day. When you’re at a restaurant, or at home you are bound to use several napkins – especially if it’s a messy meal (think chicken wings). Precious resources such as trees and water are used to create paper napkins.
One simple means of saving the environment and also hard-earned cash is switching to cloth napkins and tea towels. You can also create your own personalised tea towels and napkins, find out more here.
Clothing accounts for 3% of the global production of CO2 emissions. 25% of our clothes carbon footprint comes from the way that we care for them. Next time you are washing clothes, think about switching to eco-friendly detergents or even washing at a lower temperature. You will also be able to save cash by putting your washing machine on a lower setting. Using a washing machine is the most expensive daily task, ensure you wash less and think about whether the piece of clothing really needs to be washed!
There are many ways of going green, these were just a few suggestions. Thanks for reading!