9 small changes you can make to combat climate change
16th June 2021
During the last decade, one of the most significant issues that has dominated the headlines has been climate change. And rightly so!
With current affairs, David Attenborough documentaries and shocking films like Seaspiracy highlighting the devastating effects that humankind is having on the planet, it’s clear that this is one of the biggest challenges we face today.
The younger generation in particular is feeling the pressure of having to fight for environmental issues and persuade politicians to take action.
Activists as young as 18, such as Greta Thunberg have been challenging the decision-makers to place climate change commitments at the forefront of their agenda for years.
Greta began advocating for change back in 2018. She has since helped organise several movements, including the ‘School Strike for Climate’ which was a worldwide phenomenon. Almost every city across the globe was jam-packed with students and like-minded supporters demonstrating their views and demanding answers.
She is living proof that if people as young as 15 can be courageous enough to fight for change and commit to tackling the climate crisis, then we all can, and should!
The current state of the planet is what inspired us to become an ethical lender.
We knew that to do this, we had to embody our values every single day. Not just with how we treat our customers but in the way we do business! That’s why we decided to counter the carbon footprint created by the daily operations of our business by partnering with Mossy Earth.
We understand that there’s power in numbers and by uniting with Mossy Earth, we plan to make a real difference. For every car financed through Unity, they plant a tree on our customers’ behalf (but you can read more about that here).
Our partnership with Business Waste LTD also guarantees that our office waste stays away from landfills in our mission to counteract our environmental impact.
As a company, we know that we can make a difference, but together we know we can accomplish a whole lot more.
That’s why we want you to join us! By making these 9 small changes you can effortlessly enjoy a more eco-friendly lifestyle and help us save the planet one small step at a time!
Receive and pay your bills electronically.
Cutting out paper bills can really help the environment.
Did you know that the average office worker uses 10,000 sheets of copy paper each year? That’s 20 reams of paper (500 sheets per ream) or 4 boxes of paper in total with an estimated cost of £10 per box. What’s more, 6,800 of those 10,000 sheets used are wasted!
That’s one of the reasons we have our very own Customer portal at Unity! To help cut out paper bills and put our customers in full control of managing their finance agreement.
Use less water!
One of the best ways to do this is to stop leaving the tap running when you brush your teeth.
If you want to save even more water (and money!) then try taking less baths and have short showers instead.
The average 10-minute shower takes up 25 gallons of water whereas a bath can take up to 70 gallons of water!.
Switch up your diet.
Although we’re not advocating that everyone adopt a meat-free diet tomorrow, the research is clear.
Meat production takes a lot of energy to create and animal agriculture produces large amounts of methane gas.
Reducing the amount of meat in your diet and trying more plant-based foods is essential to combat climate change. It’s also an easy change that we can all make. If you can get organic/local fruit and veg, that’s even better!
The best part about buying local, in addition to supporting small businesses, is that there is likely to be little to no air miles attached to the food! Not only will you be healthier but the planet will be as well!
Out and about activism
Reduce, reuse, refill and recycle! It’s time to move on from single-use plastic drinking bottles and switch to reusable, eco-friendly water bottles instead. The number of plastic bottles that go to landfill alone is around 16 million DAILY, according to water.org.
Changing to a sustainable water bottle is just one way you can lower your individual carbon footprint. If you do happen to have a few plastic bottles lying around your house, rather than throwing them out, why not make something with them!
It isn’t just plastic bottles causing problems. Remember to reuse the plastic bags that you’ve hoarded in your drawers (we know we’re not the only offenders!). Another good idea is to upcycle your waste! You can reuse glass jars and repurpose them into vases, use them for crafts or something similar!
You can even do the same with your clothes! Take them to a charity shop or donate them to a shelter when you no longer need them. Don’t just throw them away because as they say, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”
Next time you get your favourite takeaway, be sure to keep the Tupperware. This can help you to move away from using cling film to keep food. You can use them to store food in your fridge, as a lunch box or you could even make a small planter!
Yes, literally! One of the best ways you can make a real difference is by not always relying on your car for travel. If you can walk, run, jog or cycle, then why not give that a go instead?
You might even think that just because it’s a small journey that it won’t really matter if you use your car, but it really does! Carbon emissions can add up very quickly!
You’ll get fit and feel better whilst doing your part for our planet. If you’re considering ditching your motor for good, you can even recycle your car.
Many manufacturers and dealer groups such as Toyota and Smart offer to recycle your car, free of cost, and the value raised from the scrap is donated to a charity of the customer’s choice. How good is that!?
Be mindful of what you buy.
Money talks! Make a positive change by being more conscious before you make a purchase.
There are plenty of eco-friendly products which are less damaging to the environment.
By choosing to support more sustainable brands, you’ll be encouraging companies to source and produce their products in a sustainable way.
Get your food shop delivered. The miles associated with your shopping will be much smaller because there’s several households worth of it in one vehicle! It’s essentially car sharing but for your food shop!
In addition to reducing your carbon footprint, you will also save a lot of time. If you walk or get public transport, no need to do this as that’s quite climate-friendly already.
If something is broken, fix it It can be really frustrating when something breaks and often our first response is to throw it away or replace it.
However, it is so much more eco-friendly to try and repair it.
Youtube is your best friend for this. You will be able to get your radio or electric whisk working again and you might even have some fun fixing it and learning a new skill.
Get Involved. Use your voice! Attend protests, stay up to date with news on social media and spread the word or even talk to your local MP.
Climate change affects everyone so we all have a part to play. By making these small changes you can save money, get healthier and develop habits that will help the world!
Have we inspired you to make changes? Do you have some useful tips you’d like to share with us? We would love to hear from you!
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