‘Going Green’ is a term used to describe researching and implementing methods to live environmentally friendly lifestyles, which ultimately leads to improving the protection of natural resources which at the moment, we are consuming faster than they are forming. This is quite alarming, but finally we have the backing of governments, and they are understanding the sustainability issues we are facing.
Unfortunately doing something about it is far from easy, although to the credit of this conservative government, they have announced that 2040 marks the banning of any petrol car and truck. This is a brave move in the face of capitalism and will force divestment into electric and hydrogen alternatives. The next big thing to hit London will be the widespread use of electric cars.
There’s some important considerations to take in when going green, and it doesn’t have to be one panicked, life changing movement. Small changes in the way we go about our day to day business can make a noticeable difference in improving the environmental problems and issues we currently face. How we teach our children about the benefits of going green makes more of a lasting impact than anything else can – this is a slow but important process, and when a whole family is aware of the green benefits, the environmental impact is exponential. More people going green, multiplies quickly.
Practicing “green” methods at home can reduce a household’s fossil fuel emissions by nearly half!? The biggest improvements you can make are draught proofing windows and doors, loft insulation, and in some cases it’s appropriate to have cavity wall insulation.
Fortunately, there are many options that exist for going green, all without the need to substantially alter your lifestyle or spend much money.
Recycle at home and at work
By cutting down 50% on household waste through recycling, thousands of tonnes of carbon dioxide can be saved each year. There’s hundreds of great resources out there that offer information on recyclable materials, for free. We suggest you make use of those materials yourself, in a previous post we looked at recycling of shirts, making pillows, and what a bargain decoration they made.
At the office, simple practices like ensuring paper and cardboard are discarded properly make a big difference. The latest tip is to use the shredder, and then feed this paper to your garden worms, making wonderfully rich compost.
Cut down on hot water
A surprisingly large amount of energy is used to heat water. Simple changes like taking showers over a bath, using colder water in laundry cycles and running the dishwasher less can lead to overall decreased household consumption.
Do not use disposable plates and cups, or plastic cutlery.
Disposable polystyrene packaging and cardboard cups and plates get thrown away in droves every day in public eating establishments like coffee houses, kebab shops, and cafes. Eating food or beverage items on glass plates or in mugs greatly reduces overall waste – I appreciate a kebab is a difficult one to fix. Consider shops that make kebabs in grease proof paper instead.
Purchase Recycled Paper Products
Surprisingly, 70-90% less energy is used to create recycled paper than non- recycled paper. Purchasing recycled paper products can considerably cut down on the decline of forests globally.
Purchase fresh food from the market if possible
Purchasing fresh foods like fresh produce and natural grains and natural protein in the place of frozen foods cuts down on energy utilised for consumed goods. It’s even better to keep your own herb garden, Frozen foods take as much as 10 times more energy to produce and market, not to mention that they contain less nutrients than fresh foods. You also have the possibility of consuming pesticides as well. The best solution this is your own organic garden, you can use some of the herbs and produce to make organic, eco friendly cleaning products too.
Consider the following practices – it can also improve issues with household waste:
– Drink water out of reusable bottles and pitchers – do not throw away plastic or glass bottles.
– Donate old clothing, and purchase used clothing, or use the clothing to make rags, and tea cloths, or even pillows.
– Sell electrical equipment, or even give it away to a needy home when upgrading. Don’t bin it.
– Purchase foods that are locally produced (organic, ideally). Even better grow your own.
– Run dishwashers only when they are full.
– Adjust thermostats as little as two degrees down can save 15% in energy bills.
– Avoid purchasing packaged goods (or cut down on such purchasing—opt for locally produced meat/produce instead).
– Careful environmentally friendly selection of paint in the home and office can also make a difference.
Though the climate crisis can seems more problematic daily, minor changes can lead to major improvements in the global warming crisis. Everyone must practice going green in household living and business practices for better peace of mind, and a healthier environment.