I’ve been meaning to start writing some “political” articles for a while, and thought I’d start by sharing some ideas for little changes you can make that are good for your environment and often good for your health and your wallet too. Where I live in England we only have 2 real choices for government: a party that believes in individual liberty and capitalism in an almost totally unrestricted sense, which leads inevitably to significant wealth disparity; and a party that believes to varying degrees in some policies to redistribute wealth and a fairer society but also seems to find itself wanting to over-reach and interfere in areas of peoples lives that government need not and should not meddle in. Sometimes it is genuinely difficult to find a balance, 但很多时候双方都错过易胜. My suggestions are for those kinds of “easy wins” and whilst not all of them are suitable for everyone, I hope everyone can find something useful
If you can use less energy you help the environment and save money. Often these tips require an initial investment, but they do pay for themselves quickly
You can change your energy supplier to one that is “green” by generating electricity with renewables and providing carbon-offset gas. There are several green suppliers and they are often cheaper than the big 6. It is not unusual for them to be amongst the cheapest energy supplies and switching is easy. I recommend using Money Saving Expert’s Cheap Energy Club.
固定 / 更换 / 在浴室和厨房适合排气扇
把任何额外的电冰箱 / 冰柜冷的地方 (地窖, 棚子, 车库?)
If you can use less petrol and diesel you can reduce carbon emissions, 存钱, and reduce other environmental pollution too
删除不必要的垃圾 (重量) 从你的车
Buy “from concentrate” drinks
Collecting, treating and pumping water all takes energy. 如果你可以用更少的它，你会节省能源, and (assuming you have a water meter) 你可以节省钱呢.
Unless you’ve been living in a cave you’ve heard about the plastic pollution in our oceans thanks to the work of the Blue Planet 2 球队. 你可以做你的位.
使用松散的茶叶或非塑料茶叶袋，而不是常规 (塑料基) 茶包
Instead of a plastic-based dish scourer which gets thrown away after a few weeks, use cotton cloths for wiping surfaces, and use coconut husk based scourers for washing stubborn pots. Both are biodegradable and the cotton cloth can be washed in a washing machine and reused.
Plastics and Carbon aren’t the only things that poison the environment, there are other chemicals to avoid too — and the benefits often include your own health.
Mental health gets a lot more focus today than in the past, 但我们现在还没有. A healthy local environment is good for your physical and mental health, and of course is good for the environment too
Finally — some lazy “false tips” to beware of
Whilst this is reasonable for short distances, most of us don’t live withing working distance of work. 我主要是开车上班, 和去商店. Whilst there is a mini supermarket nearby it is much more expensive than the larger stores, 即使是大, I wouldn’t be able to carry a months worth of shopping home by hand. We need to be able to stop harming the environment without telling people they have to lower their quality of life
动物产品和植物产品之间的比较通常是由人的议程夸张. 虽然像对等的蔬菜产品比动物产品更低碳, 有很多更给它. 在英国出售的大部分肉在全球范围内相对本地, whilst many veg products come with a large dose of “air miles”. 肉类爱好者更好的建议是要少吃红肉，并有更多白肉代替. 这种互换也为更好的卫生.
This is terrible advice, given by people who have forgotten just how much modern hygiene has contributed to better health. It is good to conserve water where possible, 但今天地球上没有水少比有 4 billion years ago. We’re not “running out of” water. Supplying clean water does take a lot of energy, which is the main environmental justification for trying to use it sensibly. 我们不告诉人们热家园 12 度在冬季节约能源, because we recognise doing so would be detrimental to health. We ought to apply the same reasoned approach to water conservation.
A drying rack will evaporate the water into your home. 这将导致受潮, which has the potential to encourage fungal spores which cause health issues. It could also eventually cause damage to your home which will require energy and materials to repair. The feeling of damp also tends to make us feel cold with the natural response being to turn the thermostat up a notch. You could open a window, but then you’re just pumping your heated air in the house out of the window! When the weather is suitable then the use of an outdoor drying rack is good advice, but in winter the use of a modern condensing tumble-dryer is a better choice than a clothes horse inside.
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