Five everyday ways to help save the planet

Not a day goes by where we aren’t reminded of the multitude of ways we’re killing our planet. It’s time we all made the effort to do our bit.

While it’s all too easy to sit back and think; ‘what can I do though? My house has black, green, blue and brown bins – what more do you want from me and my mid-terrace in Manchester?’ (I’m not talking about myself there, mind you. We only have a green and a black bin through Kirklees Council. Shocker).

However, many waste receptacles you’re lucky enough to have though – there are plenty of little things you can do that will really make a difference!

Tom “The Blowfish” Hird, is a Marine Biologist, broadcaster and author. And today he’s telling us five everyday actions we can all take to help save the planet. With these small steps, you can live a little greener and reduce your carbon footprint – and you’ll hardly notice you’re doing it!

1. Pass on plastic

Everything we buy seems to be coated in single-use plastic – from disposable coffee cups, to a lunchtime snack. Cutting these plastics out of your life can make a huge difference. Try packing your own workday snack and always carry a reusable water bottle or coffee cup.

2. Reusable shopping bags

These days, most businesses sell inexpensive, reusable shopping bags that help to reduce the amount of plastic and paper that ends up landfill. They might cost a little more than your regular shopper, but the benefits are priceless.

3. Adjust your dials

Changing your thermostat settings by two degrees will not make a noticeable difference to the room’s temperature, but it will save energy and reduce bills too. Be sure to turn off the lights when they’re not in use, too.

4. Waste less food

We’re so guilty of throwing away an inordinate amount of food, which ends up rotting in landfills and going to waste. Buy less, donate your leftovers, or even compost them.

5. Turn off the taps

On average, the amount of water used in your bathroom accounts for about 75 percent used in your entire home. Doing something as simple as turning off the tap when brushing your teeth could save eight gallons of water per day!

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