Four top tips to be more sustainable
Last week, we held our Green Britain Partnership event – a chance to bring together some of the green-minded charities and businesses we work with to share our ideas for fighting climate change and building a greener Britain. We asked some of our partners for their top tips to be more sustainable.
Buy a reusable water bottle
A million plastic bottles are sold every minute around the world, and less than half of them get recycled – which means the rest end up in landfills and in our oceans. But you can make a huge difference to the plastic problem in our oceans by switching to a reusable water bottle.
Gregorio Giorgi from Friends of the Earth explains, “A reusable water bottle helps you stay hydrated when you’re on the move, and helps you reduce your plastic consumption.”
You can choose between a stainless steel reusable water bottle, or a BPA free sustainable plastic bottle, and they come in all shapes and sizes. Find out more about reusables in our tips for cutting plastic out of your life.
Choose energy efficient appliances
Household appliances are becoming more energy efficient, but choosing the highest energy rating available can help you use less energy at home.
Jack Taylor from the RSPB suggests, “When you buy new equipment, look for the A+ standard. This ensures that when you use those appliances in your home, you minimise your energy consumption and reduce your carbon footprint.”
Most kitchen appliances have A-G ratings on their label, and all new fridges and freezers have to have a minimum rating of A+. But the higher the rating, the more carbon you’ll save – and the less you’ll spend on your energy bills.
In the UK, transport accounts for more than a quarter of our greenhouse gas emissions. By driving less and walking more, you can cut your carbon emissions and keep fit too.
Emma Saunders from English Heritage says, “Whether it’s walking to the shops a couple of times a week or walking to work, it’s definitely the most sustainable form of transport – using no energy, apart from your own.”
And it’s not just walking that can cut your carbon footprint – cycling and using public transport are both great ways to combat climate change by travelling more sustainably.
Switch to green energy
Burning fossil fuels is one of the leading causes of climate change – so switching to green energy, generated from renewable sources, is one of the best ways to live more sustainably.
At Ecotricity, we supply 100% green electricity made from the wind and the sun. Our gas is 14% green, and comes with a frack-free promise. And we use the money from our customers’ energy bills to invest in building and maintaining new sources of green energy.