The Vera-Bee Buzz
We know that when it comes to doing your bit to help the Planet and ensure our future, the information can be overwhelming. So, here are our top five things you can do right now which will have the greatest impact.
1: Switch to a green energy supplier and cut your energy usage
Did you know that this is one of the most effective ways to reduce your carbon footprint and possibly your bills too? Some of the cheapest energy suppliers are green ones.
Most wrapping paper is designed to be used once and binned. Even though it is paper and most people will put it in the recycling, it will still end up in landfill. This is because the fibres are not strong enough to recycle and the paper is often dyed, laminated and contains colouring, glitter and plastics. Plus it will normally have plastic sticky tape attached to it. In the UK, we send 5 million tonnes of paper to landfill every year and on average, it takes 6 mature trees to make a tonne of paper - that’s 30 million trees!According to National Geographic, the production of toilet roll wipes out 27,000 trees a day – almost 9 million a year. The average British consumer gets through 127 rolls a year. And all that toilet roll comes packaged in single use plastic which can’t be recycled and ends up sitting in landfill for the next few hundred years. Your average supermarket toilet roll also contains bleach, BPA, formaldehyde, de-inking agents, chlorine dioxide, sodium sulphide, sodium hydroxide, sodium sulphate, anti-slime agents, filler, adhesives, wet strength enhancers and more…
15% of the UK's planet-warming gases come from heating our homes. Keep your home warm while lowering your climate change emissions with these top tips. One-third of heat escapes through your walls. Loft insulation is cheap and simple to install and will pay for itself in a year or two through lower energy bills. To insulate solid walls, try external cladding or cheaper internal insulation. You can even get insulated wallpaper which although not as effective will make a difference and is much cheaper too.
The current trend for buying cheap, fast fashion is not sustainable. New research by WRAP shows just how polluting the UK’s consumption of new clothes really is. In one month alone, the carbon footprint of new clothes bought in the UK was greater than flying a plane around the world 900 times. In fact, Fashion is the world’s second biggest polluter after the oil industry. People buy 80 billion garments around the world every year and in the UK, we buy more clothes than any other country in Europe.31 Days, 31 Ways to an eco-friendly New Year Day 18 - Switch to LED Light Bulbs Back when I was a Psychology student, there was a joke that went: How many psychologists does it take to change a light bulb? One, but the light bulb really has to want to change. Sorry. But, on the subject of cha...So, 7 billion times a year, we chuck a load of dirty washing in the drum, pour in a measure of laundry powder or liquid, switch on our machine, wait for a bit, and ta-da, lovely soft, clean clothes. But wait, that isn’t the end of the story. That detergent doesn’t just disappear - it’s being washed away into the depths of the water system where it’s just starting its adventure.
Humans depend on the tiny percentage of water on earth that isn’t contained in the oceans (97.5% and too salty for us to use) and in the ice caps (most of the remaining 2.5%). We use this water for drinking, washing, cleaning and in farming and production. This all puts a great strain on our water resources. One of the biggest contributors to water shortage is climate change. And this will only get worse. According to the UK Environment Agency, we, in England, are facing shortages by 2050 unless we save water fast.x