We are all increasingly aware of how our actions impact the world around us. Many families want to change their lifestyle to leave a better earth for their children and grandchildren but feel overwhelmed and don’t know how to get started. Here are some simple ways to reduce your family’s carbon footprint.
Pollution is a significant issue and in a society where we rely on cars as our main form of transportation, fuel usage is high. Electric cars are not only convenient, but they are also a positive change families can make to reduce their carbon footprint. With the average time taken to charge an EV being quicker than you might expect, it’s time to consider whether your family should make the move to an electric vehicle.
Reduce Your Meat Intake
Meat-free Monday remains a popular trend for families looking to reduce the amount they spend on food and increase their fruit and vegetable intake, as well as helping those who want to take the first steps to veganism or vegetarianism. Reducing your meat intake has the added benefit of reducing your carbon footprint, so adapting your meal plan to include more tasty vegetarian meals is a fantastic way to help look after our world.
Holiday in the UK
Air travel is well-known for contributing to our carbon footprint so why limit your environmental impact by holidaying in the UK? With beautiful coastlines, historic cities, and glorious countryside there really is something for everyone. If you want to take it one step further, staycations can be a wonderful way to get to know your local area better. Ask friends for recommendations of independent eateries, quirky activities, and gorgeous places to visit within easy travelling distance of home – who knows, you may discover your family’s new favourite place!
No More Wasteful Washing
Having access to washing machines and tumble driers in our homes has taken the hard work out of laundry day, but people now wash their clothes far more frequently than previous generations did. Reducing the amount of washing you do can help reduce your carbon footprint, so consider whether clothes really need to be fully washed. Could a small mark be rinsed by hand instead or something that’s been worn once be refreshed with a spritz of homemade fabric freshener? When you do wash, make the most of nature by line-drying where possible.
Stay Hydrated by Carrying a Refillable Water Bottle
Cut out single-use plastics by being prepared and carrying a refillable water bottle when you’re out. The convenience of buying a bottle of water on the run is outweighed by the amount of plastic waste – when you learn that a plastic bottle takes at least 450 years to decompose, it brings home the impact our consumerism has on the world.
Talk to your family about the ways their choices affect the world and allow them to suggest changes they can make. Even minor changes can have a positive impact and make adapting your lifestyle worthwhile.