Five Simple Ways You Can Help Clean Up The Environment

by Olivia Frost

We all know that the Earth is not looking its best self right now. As humans, we have not looked after the earth as much as it looks after us. If we all made the conscious effort to look after our environment, it would be in a much better state. Today it’s National Clean Up Day, so it’s a good time to think about how we can all do our bit to clean up the planet.

If you think that your input isn’t significant enough to make a difference, then think again! There are many ways that you can help out and do your bit. Here are five of them to get you started!

Local Beach Clean Up

These are simple yet effective ways of doing your bit for the environment! Not only will you get the satisfaction of a clean beach at the end of the day, but you will also have fun doing it! Grab a friend or family member to take along with you and help to keep our beloved beaches litter-free. The National Trust website has a page about beach cleans and where you can find a local event near you, so check it out here!

Reusable Water Bottles

It’s 2020, why are you still using a single-use water bottle?! Not only are reusable water bottles so handy and convenient to use, but they are also so beneficial to the environment. There are so many designs and styles to suit every occasion. From thermal bottles to keep your drinks hot or cold to bottles with a rose quartz crystal core! Whatever it is you are looking for in a water bottle, you are sure to find it and it is sure to look 100 times cooler than your average single-use plastic one!

Avoid Microplastics

Many skincare products contain microbeads which are made of plastic, so therefore can pollute waterways when washed down the sink. Although it is now banned in the UK to use microbeads, you may still be using products with these microplastics in them. Why not have a sort through all your products, and check for microplastics in their ingredients list. Recycle all of those containing these harmful substances and invest in some products containing natural microbead alternatives, such as raw honey, organic sugar or natural sea salt. A list of great plastic free products containing natural ingredients can be found here.

Shop Local

When buying groceries, be sure to look at where the items have come from. Try to avoid imported food as much as possible. Buy food that has been locally grown, as it has not arrived in the country through means international transportation, which causes a lot of pollution. If it is not possible to buy completely local, then choose food with as few air miles as possible. Not only will locally grown food be a lot fresher than imported food, it will support your local farmers’ businesses.

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

There are many ways to reduce your carbon footprint. However, a significant one is reducing your car use. By using public transport, walking or simply taking fewer trips by running all your errands in one go, you will reduce your fuel consumption. This will therefore reduce the amount of pollutants you release into the atmosphere.

Although none of these points are revolutionary, they are easy steps you can add to your daily routine to be kinder to the environment. Go make your change!

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