What’s an easy change could be made for the environment that doesn’t cost money?

  1. Cycling is also a great option, can carry a lot with a bike too if you get bags or a trailer. The cargo bikes look fantastic too but very pricey.

  2. I walk into town whenever I'm meeting a friend or have an appointment. It's 1hr 20 min walk each way. My ex boyfriend used to get in the car for a journey that would be less than 5 min walk.

  3. This is not only great for the environment but also for your own health. I've tried to walk anything under half an hour, including to my gym and within my city, to save me money on bus fares and also keep me active. It's great for your mental health too

  4. Going plant-based. Animal products are some of the leading causes of climate change. Eliminating them from your diet is likely the best thing you can do to help the planet.

  5. Or if you can't/don't want to go plant based, cut beef and lamb from your diet, and replace with pork or chicken, as they have a much smaller carbon foot print

  6. Not only are they large drivers of climate change but animal products are the leading cause of extinctions, habitat loss and eutrophication.

  7. A caveat to this is to use in season/local produce. You don't save a massive amount of co2 if you're constantly shipping stuff from the other side of the world.

  8. Also, if you don’t want to go fully plant-based then reduce the amount of meat you have. It’s an easy change and it’s not only good for the environment, but good for yourself (you will be saving money and maybe also buying better quality products as you eat them less often).

  9. The actual best thing you can do to help the planet is make sure your pension is invested in funds that are on a net zero trajectory. The carbon footprint of pension investments is insane and there's research showing investing your pension wisely is 21x more powerful than going plant based or giving up flying. It's such an important point that most are unaware of, and it doesn't involve making any changes to your life. The funds also tend to perform as well as those with a high carbon footprint.

  10. Going completely plant based isn't an easy change, at least in my opinion. But I agree that it's a good thing to do.

  11. Drink tap water. Most areas have decent tap water, there’s no need to buy plastic bottles of it. Don’t even get me started on those people that buy ice…

  12. It boggles my mind that people spend money on bottled water. Literally throwing money away for a free product for no other reason than to....make more plastic waste? I just absolutely do not understand it.

  13. There is a reason I'd buy ice over making it in the freezer. My water is hard water, when it's made in the freezer it has a horrible bitter taste (tap water tastes fine).

  14. I buy ice. I make my own, it tastes like tap water, ruining a nice drink, and I’m convinced it melts more quickly.

  15. I drink tap water, but also like sparkling water which I buy multiple cheap own-brand 2 litre bottles of (were 17p each until recent price hikes). In both cases, I'll add some sugar free squash occasionally to vary things. I'd never buy still bottled water - it's a complete waste of money.

  16. Whilst it’s not realistic to allow the human race to die out, if everyone had (or at least planned) between 0-2 kids, the population would gradually shrink. One more person = one more consumer and the fewer people there are, the more consumption the rest of us can get away with without destroying the planet.

  17. Have a look how the one child policy in China is about to impact their population, and economy. Also look at the impact of population decrease in Russia, Japan, Germany… basically most countries.

  18. Except that if everyone does this, we won't have anyone to make society work in the near future. Society would just collapse on itself in a matter of decades. Also, I certainly don't want to live in a world without children. It would be the saddest thing.

  19. Finance: the amount of money banks and pension funds invest in fossil fuels is crazy. Switching banks is extremely easy, and there's plenty of websites that will tell you if your current bank invests in fossil fuels. Most pension funds now offer green/ethical options, so with pensions you don't even have to switch a lot of the time.

  20. Heating- I’ve been working from home in the garden shed so have had to deal with heating it over the winter. Got lots of different suggestions for the cheapest way to heat it, no one seems to agree.

  21. In terms of the kettle, if I want multiple hot drinks in the morning, is it better if I boil enough for one drink at a time or boil enough for all my drinks and put it in a thermos until I'm ready to drink it? I go between the two options because I'm not sure which is best

  22. Great answer - you can also lobby your pension fund to eg disinvest from fossil fuels. Being active in the processes we are already implicated in I think is a great way to start ....

  23. Just a note on the quick wash- apparently if you only ever use quick wash, it can reduce the life of your washing machine? Meaning you have to replace it sooner probably with most of the bits going to landfill

  24. People go all in for buying zero waste stuff like new tupperware and bamboo toothbrushes. Using what you've got is more eco friendly, but less Instagrammable.

  25. Force shops to turn their lights off after closing. I never understood when walking through London late at night why the streets would be lit up by stores all closed up and yet ALL the lights were on.

  26. Probably quite a lot of the shops have some form of night staff, whether cleaners or people stocking. But maybe have more lights on timers, so they are only active when people are there.

  27. Not sure if this is the reason those lights are left on (as I generally see shop lights off where I am in london), but often lights are left on in places like that so as to make the CCTV more effective at capturing details of anyone who might break in.

  28. Don’t know where I heard it but I understood it to be due to insurance, easier for CCTV and passing people to spot a break in?

  29. Giving up meat one day a week is surprisingly easy too, I’ve just started making the odd choice to have a vegetarian alternative (e.g. making a vegetable lasagna instead of using mince) and have found I’ll be giving up meat multiple days a week

  30. Oooh you might be the person to ask then. We just bought a house with a very small astroturf lawn which I want to remove. I’ve been looking to replace it with a clover lawn (so it still doesn’t need mowing). Can you point me in the direction of any info about what types of clover are good for Uk gardens?

  31. People could learn to drive efficiently. A driver's observation can be judged on how quickly they get through pads and disks. If you're braking heavily often, you're wasting fuel and not looking where you're going.

  32. Money off your council tax when you recycle. It’s a shame how many people don’t recycle and I think a money incentive might help. It should be capped like £30 off the next years bill if you recycle 45 of the 54 weeks of the year.

  33. A super simple change is from liquid soap to bar soap. I swapped over at my sink and in the shower to save on the plastic.

  34. I love the smell of coal tar soap! To me that's a clean smell. And who remembers Pears soap? That's a smell that takes me back!

  35. I prefer liquid hand soap but you can now get massive refillable cartons for some brands (I use carex) which I now use and just wash out and fill up my old dispensers.

  36. Also if you prefer the liquid kind of soap, many communities now have refill shops where you can fill up a bottle. My husband has his own bar soap for the shower, but gets the ick over shared bar soap for washing his hands, so we have a glass dispenser we take to a shop every now and then and refill. It is a bit of a pain, but our refill station is in a shop which also has a bar, so you can reward yourself for a good deed with a lovely pint.

  37. Stop driving your car for short journeys and walk or ride a bike instead. It will save you money, make cities less congested and safer, and reduce pollutants and CO2 emissions.

  38. Re-use fancy bags or boxes for next years gifts. It still looks pretty. Just change the tag - it's what's inside that counts. Wrapping paper is harder to re-use once it's cut - less sticky tape that won't tear it, or try a string or ribbon & make a nice bow.

  39. Don't buy it unless you really need it. So much energy used during in production transportion storage, transaction etc. If you fix things, buy second hand or just don't buy, then it's a pretty big impact.

  40. Washing your clothes less. If they don't smell, they are fine, you can wear them again. This saves the electricity and water from the wash, the laundry detergent used, and helps your clothes last longer.

  41. Small outlay but get a reuse-able water bottle and drink tap water and filling stations. There are absolutely loads of places to fill a bottle now.

  42. Yeah the cookware one is a good point, my mum has had a spatula since before I was born.. can't remember the brand but its clearly a well made one. Over 29 years she has had that.

  43. I remember back in the days of Kwik Save they used to have the fridge and freezer sections were through clear plastic doors. The whole section was frozen.

  44. I don't remember this very well, but I felt the plastic flappy door things the moment I read your comment... and that smell.

  45. Why hasn’t anyone said for everyone to put solar on their own roofs. I admit it’s not “easy” as in it could be done tomorrow - but it’s not impossible.

  46. Stop subsidising upland sheep farming. It costs a fortune, produces very little meat, and the denuded land has virtually no biodiversity and absorbs little water so storms just send flood pulses down to the lowlands. While you’re at it, stop the burning of heather moorland. It’s only done to enable massive stocking of red grouse so a few rich folks can shoot them, while adding co2 directly to the atmosphere and again reducing water capacity and biodiversity.

  47. Just be aware of whether there are staff about when you do this. We lock our chiller doors open when restocking, because otherwise it takes So. Much.Longer to get stuff on the shelves (open door, prop open with elbow, turn to fetch box, door closes, reopen door, jam it open with box, load in box, turn away, door closes....). So sometimes chiller doors have been left open to facilitate stocking.

  48. Insanely high taxes for any company with an annual revenue over £1m that isn't carbon neutral, including back-taxes for every quarter the company wasn't carbon neutral.

  49. It’s not actually that hard to be a carbon neutral company. I work for a taxi company that is now carbon negative for the past 5 or so years, this is purely done by having small rented offices with multiple people (even the big bosses) using them, using Toyota Prius as the main cars, and taking a small amount of profit to buy up rainforest and donating trees to local schools and nursing homes for them to plant!!

  50. My office air con is always set at 18C. But anything in the range 18-25C would be comfortable! Just adjust your clothing slightly as you would do at home! Shops leaving their doors open in winter is a waste of heat Also gas fired patio heaters what a waste of energy! I think France have banned them in cafes

  51. Dump the car and cycle instead. The vast majority of people's travel to and from work is easily short enough to cycle. In fact, a scary number live close enough to walk but still choose to drive.

  52. Make energy efficiency a priority when appliances come around for replacement. For example, a heat pump tumble dryer cost more upfront, but is probably about the same cost as a condenser once you’ve owned it for about 18 months (so net cost is zero). Same principle applies to fridge/freezer, dishwasher, car (the break even times will differ though).

  53. Stop ironing clothes. I'm sure we'll look back into the future and see what an enormous waste that was when you think of how power hungry these devices are. Let's just make crumpled clothing normal.

  54. Don't have grass. Don't fertilize it, don't run a particulate belching two stroke mower, don't have clippings that run down the storm drain, don't have a monoculture that does nothing for bees, birds and other wildlife. Have flowers, moss, mulch beds, almost any plants, but not turf grass.

  55. Well it's often said that cars are one of the biggest producers so how about making the driving test as difficult as possible. Kill two birds with one stone, bad drivers gone and the roads are clear.

  56. I always walk round the supermarket closing fridges, I can't stand seeing them open, I always wonder if people think I'm odd. I also fully turn of my monitors in the office when I leave.

  57. So I work with a girl whose husband is a researcher and studies climate change and whatnot and apparently doing things on a personal level like this isn’t enough. The govt needs to be doing stuff. She said the biggest problems were private aircrafts and the fact that houses need to be insulated. Those were his suggestions to the govt. just to be clear that people flying once or twice a year on commercial flights isn’t the issue.

  58. Don't buy loungewear unless it's for sleeping. I prefer to use old clothes that are out of fashion or worn out as my lounge wear and tracksuit bottoms that I no longer use for sports activities. This way there is less waste and a delay in clothes going to landfill. Once the life has gone then I donate it to charity which will be worn for longer by someone else.

  59. Not a massive one but bringing back old skills in our house has really helped our overall consumption. So, I can mend clothes for example, which means we don’t need to keep buying stuff over a simple repair job. I bake/cook from scratch so we don’t need to buy things in packets or jars, especially as we have a lot of allergies in our home. We have a compost heap. Make our own butter, sugar etc. I basically live in the 50s but I have a job.

  60. Making some animal / insect shelters with spare bits of wood. Like even if you have 1 piece of wood and a drill, just drill 8mm sized holes into the wood and solitary bees will use them. I did this last year and checked up on it recently and was happy to see that some of the holes had been turned into solitary bee nests.

  61. A lot of supermarkets have invested in aero fridges, which reduce wastage considerably, even compared to the ones with doors I think!

  62. Any change you make in your personal life is erased 100x over by pollution from industry and government. The biggest lie ever told about the environment was that it was 'everyone's job'. That was used to shift the blame onto the consumer when in fact it is the companies and the laws that govern them that need to change.

  63. Buy a Brita water filter and use it to drink tap water. Tastes just as good as store bought water and it’s soooooo much better for the environment. There is a small initial cost but in the long run you’ll actually save much more money than if you kept buying water bottles from supermarkets.

  64. It all does cost money. In any situation, if the environmentally-friendly choice is also the most profitable choice, businesses are already doing it.

  65. Eat less meat. Not necessarily go full veggie, but the odds are, you eat too much meat (myself included). Also saves you money and is likely better for your health.

  66. I walk everywhere I can because I don't have a car. I am staying at my aunt's house at the moment but I have to take the car halfway on my regular walk because half of it is a very dangerous road with no pavement that cars just belt along.

  67. Depends what you are trying to save. The planet will survive even though we are thinking we are killing it. Yes the corral reef is bleaching and there are mass fires but give the planet a million years and it will sort itself out. All you need is to get rid of people. If you are looking to save people then having fewer people in the world helps massively. My friend is pretty blunt about this (he says if you want to save the planet then people shouldnt exist) but i think having 1 child (if you want to have kids) is enough to make a substantial change. Yes the population will slow down and bottom out at a certain level but what are we reproducing for apart from continuation of the human race.

  68. I mean, really the number one thing you can do is take the bus or train rather than driving. Also, support petitions and campaigns to have companies reduce emissions. All the plant-based diets and having no children and other shit people are saying doesn't even compare to the power of massive companies reducing their emissions.

  69. Use to walk and cycle 100 miles a week for work now im old I still walk or use a bus, Never took a driving test and never wanted to.

  70. Since you mention open fridges, it seems you include things that have an initial cost but can be recovered quickly. Then there is one obvious thing. INSULATE HOUSES PROPERLY. Houses in this country are very inefficient. Bad windows, literal holes in the walls, etc. Even the posh expensive houses are like this. You could cut your heating bill in half just by making sure the heat stays mostly in the house. That also helps handle the more frequent extreme heat in summer.

  71. Believe it or not, getting my groceries delivered. 10 mile round trip every week or on a delivery van with lots of others and so less mileage. Save on petrol as well. I'd spend more than £6 a month on petrol.

  72. Don't throw plastic/trash into the nature/water. It's a very small thing and completely free. I think everyone is cabable to do this.

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