Earth Day 2017

Ok I’ve already written this blog post once today and it didn’t save so here is round 2 of Earth Day.

Did you now Earth Day existed? I didn’t, I was organising my week and I saw it as a ‘holiday’ in the calendar app. So I went and did a little research. Earth Day started in 1970 and on the 22nd April every year over 1 billion people in over 190 countries participate. (And some how I was totally unaware of it) Earth Day works via education, public policy and consumer campaigns and its done some pretty impressive stuff so far.

Spring Blossom

Something I feel pretty passionately about is the amount of plastic we use which is scary. Once you start looking you see it everywhere. I mean why are mushrooms the only veg you can buy in the supermarket that you put in a paper bag? Everything gets thrown in them little plastic one. From onions to oranges which don’t actually need a bag – they have skin you peel off!?

Now there are lots more ways you can save the Earth and these are just a few easy steps that could even save you money.

3 things that you can do to help.

1. Plastic Carrier Bags. Reuse them or even better don’t use them at all. Unless you’ve been living under a rock we all know that you are charged between 5p and 10p for a carrier these days. Ideally you want to forgo the carrier but we have been that person trying to carry our weekly shop in are arms not cool. So instead you could try using a cotton tote bag? Or in some supermarkets you can find empty cardboard boxes. Theses are great and  you can recycle them one you’re home.

2. Reusable Cups. I am not going to tell you not to have give up your fancy take out coffee. However a little secret if you use a reusable mug you can get a discount on your coffee. Starbucks and Costa both offer a 25p discount if you use your own reusable cup. Paul offers 10p and Nero give you 2 loyalty stamps instead of 1 and they recycle the cups as well as coffee grounds. Either way its a great incentive to take your own cup and help the environment.

3. Public Transport. I know that this one isn’t always practical but making trips by public transport helps the environment. I can say I’m guilty of often driving when I could get the bus or the train or maybe even walk. We can all be held accountable and if you have to drive maybe look at getting a more fuel efficient car. Now this is something I am going to try to do more. Over the last 9 years I think I’ve got a bus maybe a handful of times. The train I am slightly better at but I will try harder.