5 ways to befriend the environment

A cruel winter that still won’t quit has repeatedly reminded us how important it is to become more eco-friendly by making changes in our lives. Here are five simple ways to have a positive impact.

1. Walk, don’t drive

If you can, ditch the car for shorter journeys and walk—or even cycle—instead. In high-traffic areas, you could actually get to your destination faster than in the car, plus you’ll save fuel and reduce the amount of pollutants you put into the air. So take out your waterproof jacket, get on your trainers and leave your car keys behind. If you don’t own a proper all-weather jacket, check out the great range available at Cotton Traders.

2. Replace your light bulbs

Energy-efficient bulbs are decreasing in price, they are available everywhere and can last a lot longer than traditional bulbs. Replace your old bulbs one by one as they burn out and think of the money you’ll save in replacement bulbs!

3. Forget plastic bags

Plastic bags contribute to the damage we’re causing to the environment and take between 10 and 100 years to decompose. Some retailers charge for plastic bags, but you can do your part by buying hessian or heavier bags made from recycled material and re-use, re-use, re-use!

4. Recycle

It’s easier than ever to recycle food waste, garden waste, paper, cardboard, certain plastics and more. Also think of pulling on your old gardening t-shirt and starting your own compost heap. You’ll find lots of advice online, as well as recommendations where to get discounts on compost bins and rain barrels.

5. Think green when you shop

If you’re buying appliances, take a look at their green credentials. White goods, such as refrigerators, freezers and washing machines, display the amount of energy they consume, so you can make an informed decision. Install an energy meter to easily see how much energy you’ll save simply by turning appliances off, or using alternative heating or light sources.

There are lots of other ways you can contribute to saving our environment. Why not get outdoors and volunteer at a local wildlife preserve, park or forest to maintain biodiversity in your community? All you need is a bit of spare time, hardwearing pants, a cosy sweater and a pair of durable boots and you can start contributing now.

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