As we enter into a new year, many people are searching for ways to minimise their environmental impact and live a more sustainable lifestyle. These changes do not have to huge as there are many small things we can all do to make a positive difference.
1. Replace your plastic toothbrush with a bamboo one
Did you know that plastic toothbrushes take around 400 years to decompose? Opting for a greener alternative such as bamboo causes much less strain on the environment.
2. Use a food waste caddy
A food waste caddy is a simple but effective way to dispose of your raw and cooked food in order to prevent it from ending up in landfills. When food waste rots in landfills it decomposes without oxygen and emits methane into the atmosphere.
3. Let your garden grow
By mowing your lawn less regularly (letting it grow for up to four weeks at a time, for example) it enables wildlife to enjoy it for longer. You can also try growing your own fruit, vegetables and herbs in the garden, which encourages eco-systems to grow.
4. Use a recyclable, eco-friendly water bottle
Investing in a reusable water bottle not only saves you money in the long run as you’re purchasing fewer plastic bottles, but it has a positive impact on pollution. One plastic bottle will break down into 10,000 microplastic pieces over time, a pollution that is incredibly difficult to clean up.
5. Eat less meat
Meat and dairy are responsibly for the majority of greenhouse gas emissions within the agriculture industry. Emissions can be traced throughout the stages of production, processing, packaging and serving of meat and dairy products. While some people choose to switch to a fully vegan diet, simply reducing your meat intake can make a great difference.
6. Choose public transportation
Depending on the distance of where you are travelling to, opting for public transport such a a train or bus creates less pollution than driving in a car. You could even cycle, depending on the route you are taking.
7. Buy locally
The shorter the food chain, the less waste created before produce reaches your plate. By buying food grown close to where you live, you are receiving fresher products that do not need to be transported great distances.
8. Monitor your water waste
Water is a finite resource and it is important to save it as much as possible. Leaving the tap running while you brush your teeth or turning the shower on early are definitely habits to leave behind. Being mindful of how often you wash your clothes is also a great way of saving water.
9. Use sustainable wood in your log burners, grills and pizza ovens
At Harrington Woodfuel Co. we are passionate about sustainability and work hard to ensure our entire production is as green as possible. Our timber is delivered from British sustainable woodlands, meaning it does not impact ecosystems, watersheds and surrounding wildlife. We use high quality ash, oak, beech and sycamore wood for our production plant, and our products are all packaged in plastic-free material.