It's not easy being green! Things we can do at home to be more environmentally friendly.

Blog Post by Ellie Shaw 06 October 2014

It’s not easy being green.  

We preach to companies all the time about how they could be acting more sustainably, but are we ourselves singing from the same hymn sheet? When we’ve finished switching off the office lights, do we head home to our own personal Blackpool Illuminations?

When I was picking my dinner from the garden last night (salad, not slugs!)  I started thinking about what ‘green’ things I did myself. Picking my salad from the garden was the first one that came to mind – we grow it organically and it was a far better option than stopping at the shop on the way home. Despite my green eating efforts, I later discovered as I got back from my run that evening that I hadn’t shut my laptop down. I know I could argue the point here and say that it was only using a tiny amount of energy in the grand scheme of things, but that’s not really the point, is it?!

There are definitely things I could improve on.

Our household always has a full recycling bin and we save food scraps to make into compost which we use in the garden.  We use a water butt to water the garden, and you wouldn’t find our tumble drier on whilst the sun is shining. However, there are many, many things we do which aren’t as environmentally friendly; we could reduce our car use, we really could do with reducing our food waste (even if we do compost it -waste hierarchy!) and we really should think about just buying less.

I think it’s fair to just accept that some things are never going to change. Convincing someone to do away with their car is a very hard battle to win. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t use them more economically.  

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Anyway, because I obviously can improve on reducing my environmental impact here’s a list of things I think I can do better:

  • Switching my laptop off (but Twitter!)
  • Using my car less
  • Reducing the plastic from my work lunches (because I buy it from the shop too often)
  • Producing less waste in general (even if it goes in the recycling – it’s better to not have produced it at all)
  • Choose more sustainable options when purchasing something
  • Unplug unused electronics. (I’m really bad for leaving my phone charger plugged in.)

I’m going to try and tackle these to reduce my environmental impact. Starting with the first one, I’m going to try and remember to switch off my laptop whenever I’m not using it. I can do this at work during my lunch break and at home whenever I’m not using it in the evenings. I’ll let you know how I get on!


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