5 ways to reduce your eco footprint
Saturday is the day to celebrate this floating globe of rock of gas we call home. Earth has had a tough time of late (no thanks to its inhabitants) so it’s the least we can do to try and turn things around. Blunt is committed to improving the planet and as this year’s Earth Day theme is environmental and climate literacy we have put together a list of five easy things to teach you how to pitch in, too.
Shelter from the storm.
The easiest way to reduce your footprint on the world is to make informed decisions about the goods and services you use and purchase. Are you taking the bus or driving when you could be walking or biking? Are you throwing out things after one use? Is your favorite brand giving back to society or making environmentally-friendly decisions? What are the environmental policies of the politicians you vote for? At Blunt, we make our umbrellas to weather any storm. Tested in hurricane-strength winds, our products are made to last. A billion-plus broken umbrellas are sent to landfill each year, at Blunt we guarantee five years of use. Investing in quality is investing in the planet.
Drink water like you mean it.
Plastic bottles may be convenient for humans, not so much for waste streams - so we’re encouraging you to use better vessels. Aluminium bottles aren’t just on trend for their looks (which are undeniably slick) but are better for the environment - and your health. More than 100 million single-use plastic bottles are used worldwide each day, with 2.5 million tonnes of carbon monoxide produced each year to manufacture them. It can take up to 1000 years for one bottle to decompose, leaching toxic chemicals into the ground as it does so. Not to mention the fully formed plastic that makes its way into the ocean and harms marine life, and seeps even more nasty chemicals there.
Pack your bags.
Your lunch bags, that is. Food wrapping is as unnecessary as a non-windproof umbrella - and just as bad for the planet. Reusable sandwich bags and beeswax wraps will not only save you money in the long-term, make your lunch look even more delicious but could prevent billions of tonnes of packaging waste going to landfill each year. While you’re at it, ditch straws for good and say, ‘No’ to plastic shopping bags. If you have to use plastic cutlery, think about holding onto it to get as many uses as possible (you can even keep it in your beeswax or lunch bag for next time). If you’re nipping out to buy a meal, why not even take your own container for it to be packed into?
If you really can’t avoid buying packaging, recycle what you do purchase. Maybe even re-use it a few times first. Educate yourself about what materials can and cannot be recycled - some break down easier and faster than others, so those should be your priority. Materials that are biodegradable should be labeled so, or as compostable. Don’t be fooled by the universal recycling sign (the arrows chasing each other), instead focus on the little number in the middle. The closer to 1 the number is, the easier to recycle.
Vote with your money.
More and more companies are showing a social conscious - either by starting operations with a core environmental purpose at heart or by giving a portion of profit to causes that help the planet. Show you care by choosing your products wisely, researching where your goods comes from and calling out companies with subpar practices. Businesses need your money to succeed, so by supporting ones which reflect your own values you are creating the kind of world you want to live in.