As a regular consumer with a mortgage and pennies to save, it can be tough to think in an environmentally friendly way. We all know about Greta Thunberg, climate change and the importance of doing our bit to help safeguard the future of the planet, but it can be hard to pay enough attention to this aim when more pressing issues intrude on our every day life. Not everyone has the luxury of purchasing more expensive groceries from local producers such as fresh fruit and veg or meat, and many people don’t have the cash to purchase a hybrid car rather than relying on the old banger on our driveways. However, all is not lost. Take a look at these simple ways to flex your eco credentials.
When you head to the supermarket, don’t feel guilty that you are lining the pockets of a corporate fat cat rather than the high street shopkeeper. High street shops can be expensive, so heading their regularly might not work for you. Supermarkets are great solutions as prices are kept low. Do your bit by buying loose fruit and vegetables rather than those items that are packaged in a ridiculous amount of polystyrene and plastic. If you are finding yourself down the toilet roll aisle, go for the recycled option. Down the bread aisle, choose the loaf that is wrapped in compostable packaging, rather than a single use plastic. When at the check out, whip out your reusable bag from an eco bag company. These are strong, durable and save you collecting an obscene amount of carrier bags at home.
You can also look at your own use of single use plastic. Rather than purchasing bottled water, get hold of a water filter to purify the water coming out of your tap. Bottled water is wasteful, whereas a filter, with replacement cartridges is much more efficient and will save you money. All the while, you get the water that you want.
If you can, take public transport to get to work, reach an appointment or to visit family. This is the best way to cut your carbon emissions. Alternatively, consider signing up for a local car sharing scheme. Just because you do a lot of motorway driving or have to head out to obscure places off the beaten track, doesn’t mean you need a car. Hiring a vehicle instead via a car sharing scheme can be more economical and better for the environment. You don’t have the stress or expense of maintenance, and you’ll always have the luxury of driving a new and modern vehicle.
Some car sharing schemes allow you to choose from electric powered stock, enabling you to be even more environmentally conscious when driving. Support these local initiatives and you can enliven your local economy as well as contribute to environment improving policies.
Being environmentally aware can appear tougher if you don’t have the cash to seemingly match. However, follow this guide and you can flex your eco credentials muscles successfully.
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