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10 ways to save the environment with your everyday choices

April 17, 2023

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Nobody is too small to make a difference, and we can all do our bit to change the future of the planet. But with the climate crisis coming to a head, we all need to act and make the collective changes required to preserve the planet for future generations. So, here are ten simple things everyone can do to save the environment.

Simple Things Everyone Can Do To Save The Environment

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Reuse and recycle 

The throwaway culture that so many of us have become accustomed to is hugely damaging to the health of our planet. The methane emissions from landfill sites are one of the leading drivers of climate change and need to be addressed. So, wherever possible, reuse day-to-day items such as coffee cups and water bottles, and recycle where reusing is not an option.

Use water responsibly

There are so many ways to be more economical with your water usage. Start by switching the taps off while brushing your teeth, and consider investing in a low-flow shower head. The average person in the UK uses 150 litres of water every day, so reducing your consumption is an important step to take in our fight against climate change. 

Choose organic period products 

Did you know that more than 200,000 tonnes of period products go to landfill each year in the UK alone? What’s more, millions of sanitary products pollute waterways and end up on beaches all around the world. As such, switching to organic period products can make a big difference to the environment. Riley’s eco-friendly period products are made from 100% organic cotton, are free from harmful chemicals, and are biodegradable. They’re an ideal alternative to mainstream shop-bought tampons that do more harm than good to the natural world. 

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Compost what you can 

Instead of throwing food and other compostable waste into the bin, set up a compost heap in your back garden. Not only does it prevent some of your waste from going to landfill, but it can enrich the soil in your back garden. 

Wash your clothes in cold water 

Your washing machine expends most of its energy to heat up the water to wash your clothes. The simple act of washing your clothes in cold water will save energy, money, and time. You should then dry them naturally outdoors, as opposed to using a tumble dryer, which is also detrimental to the environment (and your energy bills). 

Shop online 

Online shopping is beneficial for more reasons than one. Of course, it’s extremely convenient, but it also saves you from driving from store to store. This saves you from spending money on petrol and reduces your carbon footprint. Just make sure you order in bulk and choose retailers who utilise recyclable packaging. 

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Try meatless Mondays 

Did you know that meat production is the single biggest cause of deforestation globally? This is because forested areas are cleared for grazing, causing significant ecological issues. While you don’t have to become vegan full-time, try going meatless on a Monday, or any other day for that matter. Reducing your meat consumption is a great way to be more environmentally conscientious. 

Invest in a smart meter 

Managing your heating from a smart meter is a great way to reduce your utility bills and ensure you’re not wasting energy. Smart meters allow you to program your heating remotely, which is handy if you forget to sort out your thermostat before leaving home. 

Go paperless 

In 2022, there’s little reason to rely on paper for your day-to-day business. Make sure you opt out of letters from your bank and get your statements delivered via email. You can do the same with your utility bills and other payments. If you’re a keen newspaper reader, download a subscription on your tablet – you will find that it’s much cheaper than buying a paper copy, too. 

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Change your commute 

With the cost of fuel increasing, now is a great time to change things up in terms of your commute to work. Invest in a bike or switch to public transport and walk the remaining distance. Not only will this save you money, but it will significantly reduce your carbon footprint, and it’s a much better use of your time. 

So, there you have it – ten simple things you can do every day to reduce the negative impact that you have on the environment. If we all do our bit, we can meet our global targets and save the planet from human-induced climate change. You can start today by shopping on Riley’s website and choosing organic, sustainable products.

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