What can I do?
We understand that most people want to do their bit to help the environment. But, for alot of people, it is knowing where to start.
At Wasted.ie, we believe that the first place we can and should start, is by simply using less stuff! Buy less stuff, use less stuff – and straight away, you have made a difference.
Excessive waste, of all kind, is what is destroying our planet, so if we can all try to create less waste, we have made a massive step forward.
We invite you to think (or writing a list if you are feeling particularly inspired!) about what you do each day that contributes to Waste. This is where you will start – just by being aware.
You will soon realise that there are so many small things each of us can do every day to contribute to less Waste.
Here’s our Top 7.
We have selected a few – They are not all for everyone, just some suggestions.
Take shorter showers.
Do you really need a 15 minute shower? A reduction of four minutes would save 36 litres per shower. Consider cutting it back by 4 minutes each day and you have made a difference. Encourage everyone in your house to do the same and that’s a big difference.
Disposable coffee cups and plastic bottles are certainly one item here that people will identify with today. 25 billion Styrofoam coffee cups are disposed of each year and it takes 500 years for one to decompose. Get a Keep Cup – they really have become less hipster and more acceptable.
Carry a bag in your bag.
How many plastic bags do you buy each week for those impromptu stops at Tesco on the way home? Plastic bags are a massive contributor to plastic waste, so try to re-use where you can rather than buying a new one each time.
FACT: Recycling a ton of plastic bags (about 450,000 bags) saves 11 barrels of oil
Consider eating less meat.
Please don’t give us that look – we aren’t suggesting that you give up that steak forever (god forbid!), but red meat is responsible for 10 to 40 times as many greenhouse emissions as common vegetables and grains, so eating less of it means less pressure on the environment. Just consider eating less if you can. It really is better for you (ask the Wasted.ie husbands) 😊
Look for alternatives to dairy.
For the same reasons as above really. The methane from cow flatulence (yes, we went there), represents 28% of the methane emissions that we are pushing into the atmosphere.
Leave the car at home
if you can. We realise that it’s not always practical (Our local bus service anyone?), but if it is an option for you – consider walking to the shop instead. Bring the dog.
I know you think you might be already there, but think about the junk mail that you still receive? Can you contact these companies and ask them to remove you from their mailing list? What about Christmas wrapping paper? It looks great for 10 seconds, then ripped apart and straight to the bin (probably not recycled). 40% of the world trees are cut to make paper. Think about it.
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