Climate change, pollution and the sheer amounts of plastic in the ocean is coming to the forefront.
But all too often you hear people saying ‘well what can we do? People are greedy. People don’t care’ yada, yada, yada. But we are responsible for something we were gifted, Mother Earth. Human kind have developed this kind of arrogance to believe that what we do to our planet won’t have serious repercussions, but the facts prove otherwise.
Now if I could fix the world, I would. But it doesn’t mean I cannot contribute. It doesn’t mean that even if I did drive, that I’d use public transport or walk more. It doesn’t mean that I can’t decrease the amount of plastic items I buy in stores, and increase the amount of plastic I reuse and recycle. It doesn’t mean I can use less power at home, even the tiniest bit. It doesn’t mean that I can’t promote and encourage others to get involved in being a little greener.
If we all start having this attitude ‘I can’t do a lot, but I can do something’ because if we all do a little more it can only have positive effects, but keeping your bad habits aren’t helping anyone or the planet.
So here’s a list of 10 things we can do to take responsibility for our planet and care a little more for it, small things that can make a big difference in numbers:
- Use reusable cloth bags, don’t collect plastic bags from your local supermarket and keep them under the kitchen sink.
- Use the correct bin (don’t put your plastic in general waste bin for example and don’t litter) when I was a kid I never littered in fact I kept all wrappers in my pockets until I came across a bin to put them in. And if there’s no recycling available to you, ask for local council for them. Just do it yourself.
- Turn your car engine off rather than idling.
- Use a water bottle, instead of bottled water.
- Collect your Tupperware, this can be reused, sandwich bags and cling film cannot.
- Slow down when driving as 50 mph uses approximately 25% less fuel than 70 mph; or if you can use a bike or walk, do – it’s good for your physical and mental health better than sitting in piles of traffic.
- Cut up the plastic rings which you will find on beer cans.
- Buy a reusable take out cup, ask wherever you buy your coffee from to full you up in that – avoid polystyrene cups.
- Wait for a bigger load of washing, or do your washing load with someone else’s – don’t waste water on half-empty loads.
- Start your own compost heap to reduce waste sent to landfill sites.
Let’s not be lazy and take responsibility.