Easy Ways We Can All Be More Eco-Friendly

The threat posed by global warming can seem overwhelming and so as an individual, you might think there’s very little you can do to help matters. However, if lots of people play their small part and change their habits to be kinder to the planet, the overall impact could be huge. To help ensure you’re doing your bit, environmental and safety product supplier Glasdon recently created an eBook called ‘Socially Responsible Me’ outlining a variety of easy steps you can take to be more eco-friendly. Keep reading to find out more.

In the community 
Rather than getting rid of all your rubbish in regular bins when you’re out and about, make an effort to find recycling bins. Specialist solutions like uk.glasdon.com/recycling-bins are now widely available, meaning there’s no need to send plastics, cans, paper and more to landfill. You’ll find these recycling facilities on the street, in supermarket car parks and in a variety of other locations. Another top tip is to make sure you reuse old plastic shopping bags. It’s worth bearing in mind that plastic bags can take up to 1,000 years to decompose, so the fewer we create and use, the better. Where possible, avoid getting drinks in single use, non-recyclable containers too. Some companies offer fully recyclable drinks holders, but your best bet is to invest in a reusable bottle or cup. Also, rather than buying sandwiches or salads in plastic packaging when you’re on the go, why not make your own before you leave the house?

In the home 
Keep wastage down to a minimum in the home. From only buying the food you actually need to freezing leftovers, there are plenty of easy things you can do to help the environment. Keep your energy consumption under control too. For example, make sure appliances and lights are switched off when you’re not using them. Perhaps you could turn the temperature on your thermostat down a degree or two and don an extra layer of clothing when temperatures drop, and maybe you could dry some clothes, sheets and towels on the line outside rather than automatically opting for the tumble dryer. If you have kids, try educating them about the importance of being environmentally responsible. The earlier they get into good habits, the better.

At work 
Consider going paperless in the office - or at least as paperless as possible. You might also want to conduct a waste audit to see which materials you can reduce your consumption of. Make sure you recycle as much as possible too. You could also think about marking dates such as World Environment Day to help raise awareness of global warming among your colleagues and the wider community.

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