Whatever you think of the politics, it’s hard to deny that going green isn’t a good thing for the planet as a whole. After all, none of us want to live on a highly plasticated version of Venus. But what can we do as individual guys to actually push back against some of the environmental harm out there?
About twenty years ago, wholefood stores started experimenting with the idea of allowing people to bring their own reusable containers from home for food. The plan worked well, and it helped to cut down on an enormous amount of waste.
Since then many more stores have begun popping up, allowing consumers to eliminate their reliance on so-called “single-use” plastics – a bane of the environment.
So here’s an idea. Instead of buying your food in regular bags from the store, find an outlet that allows you to bring your own container.
Get An Electric Car
It’s not just about carbon dioxide. Electric cars eliminate the harmful fumes that petrol and diesel vehicles produce, preventing conditions like asthma and COPD.
Seal Your Home
You can also cut down on your energy usage by sealing your home against draughts. Try focusing on areas where air is more likely to enter such as fireplaces, loft hatches, windows and doors. Particularly, look for any gaps under doors that might allow air to flow freely into your property.
If you have a garden, you can also encourage bees to spend more of their time visiting it. Try planting as many flowers as you can and include species such as hyssop, catmint and field scabious.
Join A Community Solar Scheme
Instead of relying on the grid to provide your home with the energy that it needs, you can join a community solar scheme. These projects, such as ChooseSolar, allow you to invest in solar farms away from your home, without having to install any solar panels yourself. All of the electricity that they generate is carbon neutral.
Mend Your Old Clothes
Many people dispose of their clothes the moment that they show signs of wear and tear. But you can actually mend them and get more life out of them, preventing them from winding up in landfill. You might need to invest in a sewing kit, though!
Buy Less Cotton
Speaking of which, if you want to help the environment, buy less cotton. Most people aren’t aware that it takes around 20,000 liters of water to make a single t-shirt and pair of jeans, which is a huge amount when you think about it.
Eat Less Steak
Avoid Travel-Size Product
While these products are alluring, they contain a lot of waste for very little benefit to you. A travel toothpaste tube, for instance, might last you the weekend. Then it’s finished.