|Posted by Danny Nutt on October 8, 2019 at 8:50 AM|
We've chatted before about our environment, but it can never be spoken about enough.
It's becoming increasingly clear and evident that we are seriously damaging our planet. C02 emissions are at an all time high, we're globally experiencing more extreme weather conditions, the global average temperature is getting higher and plastic continues to pollute our rivers and oceans.
Right now, activists from Extinction Rebellion are blocking bridges, waving placards and sending out clear messages to our government at locations across London.
But what can you do to make a difference at home, with our children?
Luckily, there are now several options of things we can collectively do that will make a difference. But with so many choices, and costs inevitably being a factor, here is our top five things you and your children can do to help save our planet. And in all cases, save some money...
1) Buy a metal water bottle and ditch buying single plastic ones. Did you know that not only is plastic a danger to our environment if not recycled, but that it takes billions of tonnes of energy to actually make it too? So avoid plastic water bottles at all costs and refill your metal one regularly. The water will taste so much nicer without any plastic residue, you'll help create less plastic waste, plus you'll also save cash.
2) Drive less. Of course if you have a hybrid or electric vehicle, this isn't quite so relevant. But we all know it's still very expensive to buy one so in the meantime, instead of driving to the shops to buy your emergency pint of milk or when dropping your kids off at school, for example, walk! It's also so much less stressful. You won't have to battle your way through traffic or struggle to find somewhere to park, plus you'll be sending out less C02 in to the atmosphere. Win win.
3) By metal straws. Kids love straws, but plastic straws often can't be recycled by local councils. This option leaves no carbon footprint at all, plus you can use them again and again.
4) Eat less meat or become a vegetarian or even a vegan. Look, I love my meat too, but as a family we know how much damage to the atmosphere is caused by animal farming that we now eat a lot less meat. So why not look at other options for your favourite dinners? Moussaka with lentils instead of lamb mince, quorn instead of beef mince for spaghetti Bolognese or a delicious veg and bean stew? There are so many books and online blogs now dedicated to meat-free recipes, you'll have a lot to choose from.
5) Turn the heating down! If you don't already have one, it's well worth having a proper thermostat that regulates the central heating based on the actual temperature of the room. So rather than leaving it on for hours on end and sweltering unnecessarily, set the thermostat to 19.5 degrees and when the temperature hits that mark, you'll use less energy and still feel warm.
I hope this has been useful? Every bit of effort helps...