We here at Austin Homes care deeply about the environment, and many people just like us make a conscious effort to help protect the planet. We have come up with a list of tips for every day of the working week to encourage you to keep up the good work and commit to even more small changes.
Reduce the Plastic Use
There has already been a partial ban on microbeads and pressure is mounting to secure a complete ban for all products. But until the government supports a ban on all plastic packaging that can’t be reused, recycled or composted we can all help by reducing the demand for plastic by using less of it. Try using a stainless-steel bottle, re-usable coffee cup and fabric bags to help protect our oceans and marine life.
By reducing the emissions of CO2 from the transportation and storing of food, you’ll continue to help save precious places like the Arctic. To start an eco-food revolution try buying sustainably sourced, fairly traded, organic produce whenever possible and sourcing it locally at farm shops or farmers’ markets when it’s in season.
Shop for Recycled Products
Take your regular toilet paper, kitchen roll, notebooks and printing paper, to name a few, and try swapping them for ones that are made up of 100% recycled post-consumer waste material. Look for the recycled logo. Recycled paper not only uses less energy, water, and produces lower carbon emissions than the manufacturing of non-recycled paper but it also reduces the amount of waste to landfill – as paper can be recycled 4 to 5 times.
Together more than 70,000 of you are putting pressure on Theresa May to create a bold action plan that cleans our air and saves lives. The simplest and most effective way to reduce our personal contribution to air pollution is to opt for greener methods of transport. By walking, cycling or using public transport instead of driving a car, you’ll help reduce the toxic air we all breathe.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
The simplest and most effective step you can take is to repair and upcycle your clothes and other items into something that’s new to you before you consider swapping them, donating them to a charity shop or buying something second hand or new. Buying a second hand pair of jeans rather than new negates the need for the 7,000 litres of water and hazardous chemicals that could otherwise get into our waterways and rivers.