Are you one of those people who want to save the planet but don’t quite know how? Do you want to save the planet but not ready for the cold showers, meatless, coffeeless lifestyle? Here are some of the little things you can do to save the planet:
Ditch Plastic Straws
This is probably one of the easiest things you can do to save the planet. You might think using a tiny bit of plastic is nothing in comparison to the bigger plastic wastes, but it turns out plastic straws alone produces 25.3 billion pounds of plastic waste in Europe each year. Single use plastic straws create necessary waste.
If you hate using paper straws, then you might want to get yourself some metal ones. Metal straws are great alternatives if you want to save the planet because you can always reuse them. They are also pretty accessible too and some of them even come with a little pipe cleaner for you to clean it with.
Have A Vegetarian Day/Days
It takes around 9000 liters of water to produce a pound of beef, which makes meat consuming bad for the environment. Having a vegetarian day/days can really help especially when you are those people who absolutely cannot survive without meat.
Simply try to go full veggie on one day of the week and gradually add more veggie days as you go. This might be easier than you think because there are so many meat substitutes out there! Having veggie days also means you might be able to save money on food as meat are significantly more expensive than veggies! So this is the best way to save money and save the planet.
Buy A Travel Mug
Let’s admit it, takeaway coffees create an unnecessary and unbelievable amount of plastic waste. Single use coffee cups definitely make up a big part of plastic waste. Buying a travel mug can help reduce unnecessary plastic.
Most coffee shops will take money off your drink when you bring your own cup, meaning it is a great way to save money too! If you bring your own coffee cup, the chances are you are more likely to get more coffee than you would with their single use cups!
You could also make your own coffee instead of buying them at coffee shops to avoid having to wait in the queue to save both time and money!
Bring A Carrier Bag
This is by far the most obvious way to save the planet. But to be honest, we all forget our shopping bags 90% of the time and end up paying for an extra bag. This is pretty awkward since you then end up having a pile of plastic bag in your house!
In order to save some money as well as some space for storing all of the plastic bags, it is a good idea to bring your own bags to save the planet. Many supermarkets offer bags for life you can purchase too. If you are guaranteed to forget your own bags, then it might be a good idea to get a foldable bag where you can easily put in your bag so you will never forget!
Do Full Load Laundry/Dryers
This is key when it comes to saving energy and water in the laundry room. Rather than running small loads of laundry over the week, saving it and doing a full load on the weekend would definitely help save the planet. It is estimated that around 10% of the home’s total electricity goes to washing and drying.
It is also a good idea to go for the cold water option in your washing machine so it uses less energy. Most laundry detergents have become pretty effective these days so using cold water is a good way to save the planet.
Cook Bigger Portions
This is similar to the idea of doing full loads of laundry. Cooking bigger portions of food and save the leftovers in a Tupperware box is a good idea to save energy when cooking. This is also a good idea to save money as well. Simply reheat your meal and you will have a delicious and effortless lunch/ dinner for the next day. This is a good way to save the planet as well as saving your electricity.