5 small changes you can make to save the planet

It’s no secret that our planet is under extreme pressure and the climate is changing.

We’ve compiled a list of small daily changes you can make to reduce your carbon footprint – and even save your pennies.

Using reusable bags can avoid temptation to buy plastic bags.

1. Carry a reusable bag with you

Even if you’ve only gone in to get a few things – those last-minute impulsive buys at the checkouts will often mount up.

Plastic bags can take from 15 to 1,000 years to break down. They also end up in seas and oceans, releasing toxins into the stomachs of marine life such as sea turtles and whales.

Carrying a reusable bag stops you from needing to pay for a plastic one – you’ll be reducing plastic usage and be 5p richer!

Electric car charging

2. Driving an electric car

Ok, maybe this isn’t really of a small change – but electric cars are proven to give off less carbon emissions, as they aren’t using petrol or diesel.

More car charging points are being installed across the country to encourage people to ditch the gas and head for more eco-friendly alternatives.

Buying loose vegetables can reduce your plastic intake.

3. Buy vegetables loose if you can

Most supermarkets offer veg such as carrots and onions loose.

Loose fruit and vegetables last longer when not restricted in air tight plastic packaging.

4. Eat local food

Yes – eating food grown locally in your area will help to save the planet because it doesn’t require to be transported as far as the produce most supermarkets sell. Unboxed Kent in Canterbury for local plastic-free Kent produce

Eating less meat and dairy can help you do your part in saving the planet.

5. Eat less meat

The 5.2 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide associated with the meat and dairy industry make their mark on the planet’s ozone layer. Simply reducing the amount of meat and dairy you consume daily will make an impact.