Reports and news about pollution, wildlife declines, climate change, and other environmental matters often make us feel frightened and unable to do anything. However, a small change can make different, everyone (if they want to) can do their bit in small but meaningful but also save ways.

Here are some useful tips on how to live a greener life and decrease your carbon footprint.

Do not flush away plastics, wet wipes, and phosphates

That gathers in the world’s oceans, lakes, and estuaries is a myriad of very small pieces of plastic, lakes, and estuaries which is harmful to marine life and the food chain.

Close up of a recycle garbage bin logo at Pershing Square in Los Angeles, California.
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Microplastics enter European waters every year have reached 219,000 tonnes and have been found in sea beds and Arctic ice. A great part of these is originally from products flushed down plug holes and toilets, such as wet wipes and the microbeads found in numerous cosmetic products.

Switch to use scrubs and peels with sand, salt or coconut or natural ingredients rather than plastics particles. Washing-up chemicals and cleansers containing phosphates behave like fertilizers in water, encouraging algal blooms that suffocate aquatic wildlife.

Grow your food

One of the helpful ways to live green is to devote gardens and local land to grow food, which does not only lower the risk of flooding and runoff of water, it as well provides much fresher air, as well as high-quality crops with almost zero food miles. There are around 330,000 allotment plots in the UK and enough demand for a further 90,000.

Tomatoes on the Vine
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Research shows that landscapers on duty to take care of these allotments always tend to be better self-esteem and general health and experience less depression and fatigue. Wildlife does well, too.

Save more electricity – and turn off appliances when not in use

In spite of a bunch of ways to make electricity, most electricity generation still needs consuming fossil fuels and contributes to climate change. However, there are ways to minimize demand and save money such as replacing old appliances, look for products with the best energy rating or saving energy by defrosting the fridge frequently as well as replacing incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescents.

Drive less

56% of car journeys are under five miles and more than 50,000 people a year die prematurely as a result of air pollution.

This is associated with either inhaling tiny particles of oily, unburnt soot released by all petrol engines or from nitrogen dioxide emitted by diesel engines. Several urban streets in the UK broke their annual air pollution limits before the end of January.

Required by law, it is limited that hourly levels of toxic nitrogen dioxide must not be over 200 micrograms per cubic meter more than 18 times a year. It will be better if you can cycle or walk– you may waste a little bit more time than normal but you will save a lot of money and much healthier due to daily exercise.