5 in 5
There are literally dozens of things you can do which take 5 seconds or less and which will help save our planet
The Tree Edition
On average, motorway services (rest stops) across the UK get around 2 million visitor per day. Let's assume that only half of them buy from the food vendors there. That's 1 million people per day. Now let's assume that each buyer grabs a handful of 5 napkins (a very modest assumption) even though they only need one. That equals 20,000 trees a day needlessly cut down.
Here are some other 5-seconds-or-less things you can do:
+ print on both sides of paper
+ buy recycled paper
+ use scrap paper for making notes rather than a virgin sheet
The Desert Edition - coming 1st June...
The Water Edition
Did you know that turning off the water while you're brushing your teeth can make a huge difference? You could save up to 8 gallons of water a day. If, like me, you live in a mid-sized town of 220,000 people you would all be saving 1.76 million gallons of water. Every. Single. Day. That's the equivalent of 3 Olympic-sized swimming pools. Or 32 million cups of tea (or large glasses of wine, if you prefer). Or 14 million pints of beer. Really.
Every. Single. Day.
It feels like we're surrounded by water everywhere so it's hard to see why we're constantly told to save water. The thing is, only 1% of water on the planet is clean enough to use for human consumption. And a huge amount of energy goes into cleaning it and getting it to our homes.
The Air Edition
Most of our recommendations are good for the planet and for you too. Sometimes we're trying to save you money or time. But sometimes we're looking out for something even more important. Did you know that using latex paint is better for your health and our planet than oil-based because it contains fewer hazardous ingredients? But remember, they do still contain toxins so don't pour them down the drain.
If you really want to save the planet, and you can afford to push the boat out a little, check out these eco-friendly paint https://www.remodelista.com/posts/10-easy-pieces-eco-paints/.
Did you know that overfilling you petrol (gas) tank can cause liquid gas to enter the carbon filter, which is designed only for vapour? It affects your car's performance by causing it to run poorly, damaging the engine and the environment.