8 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint After Lockdown
If there is one positive we can take with us following this pandemic, it’s that we have had the time and the means to deeply consider how we want to navigate our lives in the most sustainable and considered way going forward, both on a business and a personal level. Our Earth is suffering, but we have the means to protect it if we all play our part and make changes to our everyday habits. So, we have compiled 8 recommendations of how we can all reduce our carbon footprint to live more harmoniously with the earth following this pandemic. No one can do absolutely everything, but we can all do something.
1. Finally, Get That Bike
During the last few months, we have loved seeing fewer cars out on the streets and more people on their bikes. During the shutdown air pollution in London was recorded at its lowest since 2000. We would like to see this last. Plus, it is one of the best forms of exercise that is built into our daily commute. Make sure to pick a bike that has a long life, whether that is from an independent bike shop or bought secondhand.
2. Eat Locally
If you’ve been following REV for a while, then you have probably already heard us go on about our love for farmer’s markets. It is the best way to shop your veggies organically, locally, and seasonally. This way you are avoiding partaking in pesticide pollution and shipping pollution. Plus, you are supporting local farmers and clean agriculture that protects our soil and our water.
3. Only Buy It If You F*cking Love it
While this has always been our motto, the last few months of quarantine have reaffirmed that we don’t “need” much to be happy. We live in a world that overproduces and overconsumes. It is time to switch to a way of shopping that is more thoughtful and considerate. Researching brands, their sustainability, and locality before each purchase. We like to ask a few questions before supporting brands. Where is it made? Are their workers paid and treated ethically? Are their materials natural or made from plastics? Next time you decide to shop, make sure you know the answer to these questions!
4. Change Your Energy Provider
Switching to a green energy provider can greatly lower your carbon footprint. Bulb is a fantastic green gas and electricity supplier here in the UK. They use 100% renewable electricity from solar, wind, and hydro. Plus, their gas is 100% carbon neutral. Their gas comes from a mix of renewable sources, such as farm and food waste. By using Bulb, you are lowering your carbon impact by around 3.4 tonnes of Co2 a year. They are even cheaper than standard UK providers, it’s a win-win!
5. Savor Water At Every Chance
97% of Earth’s water supply is salt water while only 3% is fresh water. But out of that small percentage, only 0.5% of it is drinkable. The rest is either too polluted for consumption or is trapped in glaciers or under the Earth’s surface. With a world population nearing 8 million and 790 million people without access to clean water, we have to start thinking about water usage more. By reducing our water usage, we cut back on the pumping of water, which directly contributes to greenhouse gases.
Next time you steam or boil vegetables, instead of throwing that precious water down the drain, save it and use to water your house plants. Skip flushing the toilet fully after every wee, if you are well hydrated (which you should be) there should be minimal smell. Plus a few drops of the Haeckels Courtesy Flush and all unwanted odors will be reduced. Stop washing your hair every day, it isn’t good for your beautiful locks and it requires a lot more water.
6. Support Green Restaurants
As restaurants begin to open here in London, it is important to support some of our favorite sustainable spots around the city. According to FareShare every year 1.9 million tons of food is wasted by the food industry in the UK. The fact of the matter is that most restaurants don’t operate with the environment in mind, they operate with pure profit in mind. For us, sustainable restaurants are those who buy locally and work seasonally so things don’t have to be shipped in from around the world.
Five of our favourites…
7. Holiday Closer To Home
Flying has become a norm for those who are privileged enough to afford air travel. However, it is something we must deeply question. According to ATAG, flights produced 915 million tons of Co2 pollution in 2019. We understand some have to travel for necessary reasons, but we urge you to reconsider how you travel post-COVID-19. Can you pick a holiday that is closer to your home? Can you get there by train or boat instead? Stay tuned for eco-travel tips and where to holiday within the UK.
8. Reuse, and Reuse Again
Give things multiple lives so that the energy that went into producing it was well worth it. When you finish your candles, reuse them for storage! We like to keep our cotton pads, pens, and makeup in our old candles. Lots of sustainable beauty and cleaning companies have refill options, so you only have to invest in packaging once. Kjaer Weis offers refillable for all of their makeup products so you can reuse their beautiful containers forever.