Climate change challenge
We’ve laid down the challenge for you to commit to reducing your carbon footprint. We have come up with seven simple methods to commit to, which will help you to measure the impact these changes have on your carbon footprint. You can pick as many as you want to commit to, but the more you sign up to, the greater the impact you will have in leading the way to a cleaner and more sustainable future for our planet.
1. Switch your bathroom toiletries to refillable products
Research shows that 520 million shampoo bottles are thrown away each year in the UK alone – that’s an average of over 30 bottles per household. Purchasing refillable products from businesses like WeDo, Faith in Nature and Bower Collective, not only reduces the number of plastic bottles sent to landfill each year, they’re also made responsibly and sustainably from natural ingredients, and they’re vegan and cruelty free too. WeDo also commit to removing 8 plastic bottles from the environment for every product bought.
2. “No Meat Monday”
Meat accounts for almost 60% of greenhouse gases from food production. So, cutting meat from your diet for just one day each week reduces your carbon footprint by approximately 4kg of CO2 each week. That’s a total of 208kg of CO2 every year. For the average meat-eater, cutting your meat intake by around 50% each day could reduce your carbon footprint by up to 35%, saving almost a tonne of CO2 a year.
3. Move over to refillable household cleaning products
Studies have shown that less than 10% of household plastic waste in the UK gets recycled. And as the average UK household throws away 468 million plastic cleaning spray bottles every year (an average of 27 per household), there’s a huge part we can play in converting to refillables.
Switching to eco-friendly refillable household cleaning products and toiletries such as Ecover, Neat, Faith in Nature and Bower Collective, not only dramatically reduces your consumption and disposal of single use plastics, but also means there are no harmful ingredients going back into the environment.
4. Ditch the dishes and use your dishwasher
Using a dishwasher to clean your dirty pots and pans can save up to nine times the amount of water used to wash up by hand. Running a tap for just 60 seconds can use an average of nine litres of water, compared with the average dishwasher cycle which uses approx. 10 litres on an eco-setting. So, switching to a dishwasher (fully loaded!) rather than washing by hand could save you up to 353kgs of green house gasses in one year.
5. Insulate your home
In the UK, 40% of our country’s carbon comes from our homes. And our heating and electricity is a huge chunk of this. Insulating your loft and walls can help retain heat during winter and stay cool in summer months. It also means you’re using less energy, reducing your carbon footprint by around 0.895 tonnes of CO2 each year, as well as cutting down your household bills.
6. Switch to buying local produce
According to DEFRA, food transport in and around the UK produces 19 million tonnes of CO2 annually, which is equal to about 5% of the country’s total energy consumption. Shopping locally for your fresh food can cut down your carbon footprint by up to 0.25 tonnes of CO2 each year.
It isn’t just our food shopping where we can make a difference – in 2019, studies show that UK consumers saved 224,695 tonnes of CO2 emissions by choosing to shop for second-hand furniture, electricals, and clothes via sites such as Shpock, Gumtree, Preloved, Vinted, and Ebay.
7. Ditch the petrol or diesel and go electric!
A recent study from EDF Energy found that Britain’s SUV drivers alone could save up to 8.7 million tonnes of CO2 each year by switching to an electric equivalent. The average car in the UK drives 7,600 miles per year, releasing over 1.74 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere. Compare that with an all-electric vehicle which emits an average of 3.92kg of CO2 per year, you could save a huge 1.73 tonnes of CO2 annually.
Make your pledge and commit to making a few changes that could help to make a difference in leading the way to a cleaner and more sustainable future for our planet.